Nick Donfris is a lefty long stick who can affect the game up top at LSM or down low at close. The kid has savvy handles and can play with the ball above or below his waist. This is a function of his ability and understanding of staying choked up. His first time, ground balls are well documented on this film, and, then, his escapability, mixed with an occasional , well-timed, toe drag, allows him to secure possession consistently for his team. For a defenseman, his stick skills and fakes exceed that of many offensive threats. In addition, his speed, footwork, and athleticism make him a tremendous threat on an team with an aggressive, transition style of play. From a defensive standpoint, he has lock-down footwork and can create turnovers with a variety of checks.
Walter Woo is a top tier, goal scorer. His offensive skill set is vast, and his physical presence is notable. With a dynamic first step, he can beat players on impact as well as apply pressure to defenders by leaning and initiating contact. While carrying, he keeps his eyes on his teammates and is ever ready to distribute. On top of his offensive acumen, he is also a threat in the ride. Woo never takes plays off. He is always working back into the ride and creates a substantial amount of second chance opportunities for his team. This is an absurd highlight film with handles, one-time quick sticks, and a well-timed underhand dinger.
Pete Sitton is yet another, top-end, Highland Park midfielder; a big time athlete with top end speed. While Sitton has the ability to just run by his guy, his strong outside time and room shot allows him to also utilize a very explosive wind up. It is hard to stop both the outside shot and this dynamic move, which make him a very tough cover. Finally, Sitton can also feed out of the wind up which makes him a virtual triple threat. In transition, Sitton not only creates space but, more importantly, separation, and, thus, a clearly defined, break advantage. As with most midfielders, shooting on the run is important. Sitton’s skill set already has a smooth release where he can absolutely bring it with both hands OTR. Against Sitton, the slide must be on time, but taking away topside on this elusive dodger is no easy task. In 2016, Sitton will do well in his first year at the HS level.
Diego Zimmerman is another quality long stick out of the Woodlands. He’s a rangy LSM who chews on offensive players. When the ball is on the ground, he is quick to gather up looseys and push transition. If he is isolated on an attackman when clearing, he is more than comfortable applying pressure to this match-up and clearing it on his own. As a cover man, he is instinctual. Great footwork, change of direction, and overall body control allow him to cover #1 offensive threats without throwing a lot of checks. He is patient. Because he’s always in position as a function of his footwork, he can lay the lumber and catch back up if he ever overextends. He will contribute immediately during the regular season for the Highlanders.