Troy Rutkowski

Aaron Vickers

A big bodied offensive minded rearguard who moves the puck up ice well. Skating is impressive as his overall mobility is an asset which aids in his defensive presence. May not be a Scott Niedermayer or Cam Fowler skating wise but he moves very well out there and generates a good amount of power and speed. Vision and offensive creativity are first rate and he has a somewhat heavy point shot. Uses a quick stick to walk the blue line and open up shooting lanes before delivering a hard low shot/pass from the point. Makes solid tape-to-tape passing plays and consistently sees his open options when skating out a breakout. Uses his passing ability and instincts to turn a quick transition game. Has grown by leaps and bounds in his understanding of his defensive responsibilities in his own zone from last year to this year.  Defensive game, despite coming up with some gems, needs to be more consistent overall. Added instruction in defensive gap control and reading the play is needed. (May 2010)