Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

Aaron Vickers

Skating is very advanced as he generates loads of speed with his quick feet in just a few explosive strides. Lateral agility and quickness make him elusive to defenders and hard to contain coming off the wall. Has ultra soft hands that are both quick and highly entertaining to watch. A game breaking talent who can take the puck to the net, wire a shot from the outside or draw a defender to himself before dishing a seeing-eye pass through skates to an open teammate. Applies great back pressure defensively and takes away more than his share of pucks in doing so. Has arguably the best vision and hockey sense in the entire draft. Shot is NHL sniper quality as he is highly accurate and has a split second release. Makes strong accurate tape-to-tape passes but can also feather a nice touch pass when needed. Is the prospect with the highest offensive ceiling in the entire draft. Will never be a physical forward as his frame is just not going to be able to add that much mass. (May 2011)