Raphael Bussieres

Aaron Vickers

A strong and gritty two-way winger. His feet are not great but he has balance, is strong on this skates and does have above average straight line speed. Like many prospects his first couple steps could use some improvement. Uses his size and quickness to his advantage on the forecheck and in getting to the puck. Has some offensive upside as well with a decent shot and a nose for the net. Has some quick hand skills and can carry the puck. Takes the puck to the net or goes there without it and engages in battle for whatever space he can get. Can suffer though stretches of bad play not because the effort is not there but more a problem of lacking a little in his hockey sense as he can make some questionable decisions. After starting the season strong before suffering through a mid-season drought in his game, Bussieres really picked up his play in the postseason pushing his name back up draft boards. What keeps him in this range is his lack of offensive upside. (May 2012)