Nick Pastujov

Aaron Vickers

Pastujov is primarily a goal-scoring forward, but with some reliable two-way abilities. He possesses quick acceleration and dangerous top-end speed. He controls the puck well and shows great poise in possession. Pastujov shows over and over that he will do anything in his power to get the puck to the net, whether that is passing or shooting. He has the ability to find the back of the net with a quick wrist shot and pinpoint accuracy on his shot. The release of his shot really catches goalies off guard and he has proven that he will shoot from anywhere on the ice. He is slippery and has the ability to beat defenders in one-on-one situations with slick hands. The University of Michigan commit is also skilled at laying a solid pass on the tape of a teammate in scoring position. Pastujov is not afraid to throw his body at opponents, often challenging them with tenacity. The Bradenton, Florida, native is also strong in the defensive zone, taking proper routes, closing off lanes and battling hard for possession. While he will likely never become a big point-producer as a pro, we believe he will not have a problem transitioning to the next level, and will eventually be a top-nine guy who will likely step into a similar role as the one he played for the NTDP after his time at Michigan. He has proven that he can be heavily trusted in the defensive zone and has a real knack for getting pucks to the net.   (May 2016)