Tobias Rieder

Aaron Vickers

A diminutive but highly skilled forward. Has very high skill level and skates well but his size is holding him back. Skates well with good first step quickness and separation speed as well as impressive lateral jump. Has elite hands and can make dekes that the majority of this draft class can only dream of pulling off. Has a accurate shot but it lacks velocity as well as the vision to be a solid playmaker at the next level. Not afraid to go into traffic, take a hit and drive the net but he tends to take games off where he just stays to the outside. Defensively he helps out by coming back and checks his man. Physically he is very weak and gets out muscled by most defenders when he engages in puck battles. Usually plays with a good amount of intensity and work rate but consistency is where the questions abound. Will he get stronger, will be battle hard against bigger tough opponents, will his skill be enough to compensate as a top six forward in the NHL? (May 2011)