Steven Spinner

Darren Walker

Following a strong season in Eden Prairie, Spinner made the jump to the USHL and joined the Omaha Lancers for their playoff push after Omaha traded for him and Eden Prairie teammate Luc Snuggerud from Muskegon earlier in the season. Spinner is a highly skilled winger, with good hockey sense for the game within the offensive zone. He is a quick-moving forward with impressive speed. He accelerates down the wing with the puck and has the ability to beat defenders with his quickness. Spinner has strong stick skills, and he does a good job opening space for himself when he has the puck and getting into positions where he can create a scoring chance. There are times when Spinner can get a little selfish with the puck, but he does have strong vision and awareness for the play in front of him. He sees the ice well, and has the ability to make effective passes through pressure. When placed on a line with scorers, Spinner can be a playmaker. Spinner also carries a weapon of a shot, with a highly quick and deceptive release. He needs to hit the net more often, however. While Spinner’s offensive skill set is impressive, his play away from the puck often leaves a lot to be desired. He will, at times, lose interest when the puck is not around him, and it causes him to make weak attempts on the backcheck, and more importantly when in the defensive zone. He has issues clearing his zone at times, and doesn’t show a willingness to get between lanes. He needs to improve his two-way game before he hits the pro ranks. (May 2014)