Matthew Berkovitz

Darren Walker

Berkovitz is a strong, fluid-skating blueliner who sees the ice well and makes an impressive pass. A very smooth skater who doesn’t look like he is moving all that fast, but uses his impressive burst, turning on ability and agility when needed. Berkovitz’s skating form, power and pivots are all high-end. He protects the puck very well, is poised and makes the right play consistently. His ability to open lanes in the offensive zone is ridiculously good and an aspect that will help him immensely at future levels. A creative passer who sees lanes and openings come available that his high school teammates do not. Berkovitz has a hard, accurate point shot and likes to re wristers on net to generate chances for his teammates on rebounds or deflections. Not overly physical, but can use his size to his advantage with his reach and rubbing out opponents along the wall. Prefers to utilize positioning and an active stick to defend as he works to gain possession of the puck and quickly move it back up ice. He does need to build more muscle if he wants to have the same success at future levels of the game. (May 2014)