Marcus Pettersson

Darren Walker

Pettersson is an impressively mobile defender for his size. He moves well and is able to get around effectively. He is strong on the puck and uses his strength to protect it from pressure. The tall, lanky defenseman shows strong puck-moving abilities and poise. Pettersson can skate the puck out of trouble and makes a good first pass out of his own zone. He is a powerful shooter from the point and boasts a quick, heavy shot that he’ll use on the pow- er play. Defensively, Pettersson is physical down low and he isn’t afraid to use his size. He does need to work on his anticipation in his own end, as he often steps up too soon or too late and gets beat. He is, at times, far too aggressive on defense and loses track of position and where he is in the zone. Pettersson needs to work on filling out his frame. The potential is there for Pettersson to be a really good defenseman at the pro level. He should go in the middle rounds. (May 2014)