Tyler Wotherspoon

Aaron Vickers

A safe and simple defensive defenseman. Skates well enough but with a heavy stride and generates just average speed. Not often beaten off the rush because of his sound positioning. Plays the role in Portland as a shutdown defenseman who can make a safe breakout pass but not much else offensively to get excited about. Not overly big but effective with the size he does possess. Willing to block shots as well as take a hit from the forecheck to make a play. Pins guys to the wall and will push back when engaged physically but not really a true fighter. Plays a smart ’just chip the puck out’ game that compliments his higher-skilled teammates. Not overly skilled with the puck, nor does he have much creativity or offensive potential. (May 2011)