Alexander Khovanov

Aaron Vickers

Khovanov is a crafty little playmaker that excels in many facets of the game all over the ice…an explosive, agile skater who can control the puck with ease even at top speed…good quickness, edge work and balance on his skates…very tough to knock off the puck for a smaller player…silky-smooth hands and shows above-average puck handling…shows great patience with the puck even when under pressure…possesses a dangerous wrist shot, can fire the puck with good accuracy and quickness…a tape-to-tape passer leading guys to open ice with precision dishes…carries the puck very calmly and is well aware of his linemates positioning due to elite vision…strong in the face-off circle…great hockey smarts…plays a strong game away from the puck constantly moving to find open ice and making himself available for passes…anticipates the flow of the game well…very patient, waiting for plays to develop around him…not quite as advanced in his own end, but he does a good job applying pressure and covering his man…a potential top-six two-way center at the next level. (July 2017)