(D): DOB: 5/26/94. 6’3, 206 lbs. Shoots right. The type of defender that players hate to be squared up against: Big and mean. Hits to hurt and to make a lasting impression. Aggressive and will seek out opportunities to use his size. Intimidating in front of his own net and makes it a grueling place to dwell. Takes care of business in his own zone with size and stick-work. Extremely strong and powerful skater for his size and has a surprisingly quick first set of steps. Great communicator on the ice and is effective at getting the puck out of his zone. Occasionally activates on offense but is normally the stay-at-home type. Has a relentless shot that is heavy and hard. At times can be overzealous with his pinching instincts. Has already committed to Penn State’s Hockey Program and was drafted by the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League back in 2010. At some point in time, a difficult decision will have to be made between playing college hockey and getting an education or playing Major Junior while developing his professional game and sharpening his edge. Is NHL Draft eligible in 2012. Look for him to be drafted in the late rounds.
Mark Yanis, #14 Muskegon – USHL
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