Aaron Haydon | D     Niagara | OHL
Height: 6’4”     Weight: 200     Shoots: Right
Born: January 6, 1996

Career Statistics
2012-2013   GP: 42   G: 4   A: 6   P: 10   +/-: -7   PIM: 39

Player Overview
Haydon has dropped the mitts a few times, but prides
himself on playing a physical, shut down game
(Photo Credit: Edmonton Journal)
Haydon is playing for the Niagara Ice Dogs, the team with the second worst goals against in the OHL this season. So while a -29 plus/minus would generally be a concern for a stay-home, shut down type defender like himself, there is some understanding in this case.

Haydon is a big, strong, physical, defensive defenseman. And while his size allows him to play that physical role and throw his weight around, it also affords him a long reach. Effective at closing gaps, Haydon doesn’t give his opposition much space or time on the rush. Overall though, that talented defender excels when he keeps things simple and plays within himself. Still developing an offensive side of his game, he is at his best playing solid “d”, using his size and clearing out the net front.

But while Haydon displays great potential defensively, another attribute that stands out, especially to David Bell (Niagara Asst. Coach) is the big man’s mobility. There are not many defenders his size who are that mobile and that is something that surely benefits him as a defender.

He will join the rush if he sees an opportunity, and can unleash a big shot from the point but plays a tough, gritty game with a focus of securing his own zone. Haydon earned a spot (and almost an early exit due to a first period fight) in the CHL Top Prospects Game and has continued to display the defensive mindset and compete level scouts look for.