The perfect blend of smarts and sandpaper, this two-way centerman plays in all game situations and can hold his own. His skating needs improvement and while it isn’t terrible, he needs to improve on his form. He plays with a buzz and has a high-energy pace to his game. He understands the position very well…
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The perfect blend of smarts and sandpaper, this two-way centerman plays in all game situations and can hold his own. His skating needs improvement and while it isn’t terrible, he needs to improve on his form. He plays with a buzz and has a high-energy pace to his game. He understands the position very well and is always in the right position at both ends of the ice. While he isn’t a very punishing player when it comes to his physicality, he does use his strength effectively. Clever when it comes to creating plays, he is quick to spring his teammates on the attack. Hard to play against, it’s not easy for opponents to strip the puck from him. He has quick edges and is strong on his feet but needs to accelerate quicker. With that said, he has a simple and effective presence in the offensive zone and works as hard on his backcheck as he does his forecheck. Without the puck, he is solid and dependable and can be relied upon in his own zone to block shots, close lanes and apply pressure at the right times. Although he isn’t flashy, he is simple and reliable and can be used in all situations. Team leader on and off the ice and plays with an energy that is infectious to his teammates.