Zack Phillips

Aaron Vickers

Offensive ability and goal scoring acumen really exploded this season. Showed a real nose for the net and the ability to be in the right place at the right time to bury a rebound or take a pass in solid scoring position. Willing to play a gritty game and shows some good hockey sense and smarts. Will do many of the little things to make plays happen and take a hit to make a play for a line mate. Has nice hands and a quick shot release which catches goaltenders off guard. Patient with the puck and is an opportunistic scorer who reads his teammates well. Not ashy or overly dynamic but just makes plays. His instincts and offensive talent is obvious but some scouts still question whether his impressive numbers are more a product of playing with other skilled players like Huberdeau. Skating and lack of foot speed are real weaknesses in his game going forward and areas that will need to be improved before a jump to the next level can be made. (May 2011)