Vladislav Gavrikov

Aaron Vickers

A big and involved defensive-minded defender. Has a powerful stride that generates some impressive mobility and speed. Not going to be a big time puck rusher or one to lead the offensive attack, but makes a strong first pass and will join the attack when given the opportunity. Likes to play physical and use his strength and size to separate the opposition from the puck. Plays with a healthy amount of sandpaper. Will defend his crease and even stick up for his teammates by getting into the face of the opposition. Displays some strong leadership qualities, keeping his teammates calm and focused. Uses his size and reach well while defending, especially on the penalty kill where he also displays intelligence in closing off lanes for both passes and shots around his crease. Plays a simple and safe–almost error-free–defensive game. Highly impressive as a leader on the Russian blue line at both the CHL Super Series and then again at the IIHF World Juniors. (May 2015)