Stephen Johns

Aaron Vickers

A big bodied meat and potatoes kind of defensive defenseman who plays a strong physical game. Skates very well and has nice agility and mobility especially for his size. Foot speed is nice and allows him to stay with the smaller, quicker forwards in the defensive zone. Likes to engage in the physical side of things and is a solid open ice hitter. Strong on rubbing out his man along the boards and moving bodies from the crease. Uses his strong defensive positioning and large frame to get into lanes and block shots. Makes strong outlet passes. Can handle the puck well and move it out of his zone by either pass or carrying it out himself. Tends to play with an over abundance of aggressiveness which can cause him to make questionable deci- sions and some errors in his defensive play. Likes to make the big hit which sometimes pulls him out of defensive position in doing so. (May 2010)