Mattias Backman

Aaron Vickers

A gritty two-way defenseman with some size. Skates well with a long fluid stride that generates good speed and power with his long legs. Moves very well with pivoting and smooth transitions. Has a wide base and keeps his head up when the puck is on his stick. Has nice vision and the ability to distribute the long stretch pass as well as soft touch passes. Is strong on his skates and gets into lanes to close off options as well as uses a long reach to disrupt attacks. Plays a physical game where he pins opponents to the wall and engages in puck battles. Needs to bring the same effort night after night and add considerable muscle to his slender frame. Shot is a work in progress. An NHL squad will likely step up and draft him early because of his upside. (May 2011)