Simon Bourque

Aaron Vickers

A solid, mature-minded, two-way blueliner who plays a solid game at both ends of the ice. He has a good, powerful stride with good speed and acceleration. He uses his skating power to join the rush and get involved offensively. Pivots well and has fluid all-direction mobility. He handles the puck well, using his strength on the puck and hand-speed to gain space to rush up ice or make a strong pass up ice. He distributes the puck effectively and has an accurate good wrist- shot from the point. His vision is high-end. His slap shot is relatively weak and will need some work. He is strong defensively, playing aggressively and physical, but will need to continue to add strength to be more effective in that role. Keeps attackers to the outside and can keep up to the speedy opponents because of his strong skating ability. He makes good step-ups and aggressive plays to force guys wide and take them off the puck in the corners and along the boards. He is aggressive and tough down-low on defense. A guy who makes good decisions all over the ice and can play heavy minutes when called upon. This kid’s game is on a steep trajectory and only getting better. (May 2015)