Nolan Stevens

Aaron Vickers

Stevens is a hard-working winger who doesn’t have a lot of flash, but is heavy on his stick and hard on the puck. He uses his size well to shield and protect the puck, and he is able to carry it deep into the offensive zone. He doesn’t have the hands of a wizard and is very simple with the puck on his stick, but he uses his strength and average skating ability to carry the puck along the outside and gain entrance into the offensive zone. Stevens isn’t the fastest skater, but he does appear to have a decent stride and he builds on his speed as he progresses up the ice. He is able to distribute the puck, and he shows some passing skills on the transition and off the rush. He shows off a decent wrist shot, but it is nothing special. He goes to the net and looks for tips and/or rebounds. He is strong down low and he uses his body to be a force along the boards. Stevens can still add plenty of extra muscle to his frame, but he is strong for a 6-foot-2, 185-pound kid. He is reliable defensively, as he gives a strong effort and shows a willingness to get his body in front of shots to make a defensive play. Over the past couple of seasons, he has improved his intensity and effort from. The son of L.A. Kings Associate Coach John Stevens, he seemed like a longshot, but after putting up 20 goals as a sophomore at Northeastern, he could be another project that develops into a decent bottom-six player or better.   (May 2016)