Sunday, September 13, 2009

09/10 Men's Previews: #13 Aaron Bendickson


Vitals:

Position: Forward
Year in School: Senior
Shoots Right
Height: 5-11
Weight: 170
Hometown: Thief River Falls, MN
Major: History
Previous Team: Des Moines (USHL) in 05/06

NHL Considerations: Could find a minor league contract after the season.

08/09 Stats: 33 games, 2-3-5, +5, 16 PIM
07/08 Stats: 37 games, 6-4-10, -2, 4 PIM

09/10 Role: 4th line and PK

08/09 Recap: Aaron was in street clothes early in the season due to injury, but was a regular in the lineup after returning. He was part of a solid 4th line group that did a good job agitating the opponents and working hard, and also saw some time on the PK. I really thought he was going to be more of an offensive part of the team, and he had a lot of good chances, but nothing went his way.

Biggest Strength: Not many Badgers leave it all on the ice every shift line Aaron does. He is full of hussle and never stops working til the shift is over, and I think this is a large part of the reason why he has been a regular the last two seasons.

Biggest Weakness: He’s shown flashes of offense, but overall that is not the strong point of his game. He more than makes up for it in his own end and on the PK.

09/10 Thoughts: Aaron should again be a regular in the lineup this season, and again should be a key part of the 4th line, w/ three solid scoring lines projected, that is let loose to cause havoc and shutdown opposing teams scoring lines. He has excelled in this role his entire career and hopefully he can find some chances to add some offense to a team that is pretty deep at forward and shouldn’t have much trouble scoring goals.

Prediction: 30 games, 4-6-10*
*All predictions for regular season only

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