Michael Paliotta

Aaron Vickers

A non- ashy type of mobile defensive defender. Huge and still filling out his frame, has good strength to use at the Major Junior level and while he is not overly physical he does use his size to close off lanes, pin opponents to the wall and clear the net. Uses his stick and smart defensive reads to play an effective own zone game. Not one to drop the mitts or throw devastating checks. Skating is very nice for his size as he pivots well both ways and possesses nice overall speed. Does not have much offensive creativity and can get rushed into making bad decisions with the puck but can also play a calm poised game when he keeps things simple. Makes a good breakout pass but is not one that will pile up points at the next level. Has time to improve his strength further and work on developing his shot at Vermont in the Hockey East. (May 2011)