Weight: 200 lbs
Position: Right Wing
Birthplace: Yokohama, JPN
Team: Minnesota Storm
Born and raised in Yokohama, Ryo Yamazuki II was a kid who belonged to a rich family of which through his childhood pampered him with the perks of luxury and wealth and of course all the money in the world to fulfill whatever goals or hobbies he wanted to go into. The thing he picked would end up being hockey, thus the long way to the pros began and now skip to years later and we see a 16-year-old Ryo leaving the JMHA in favor of green pastures in the VHL. Today we're gonna check the things that make Yamazuki's game and what works and what doesn't.
Let's first start with the Pros...
- Very fast and agile skater
One of the big factors in Yamazuki's play is the fact that the guy skates like a man on cocaine being chased by 5 cheetas at once. The amount of speed and agility he gets either during an offensive breakaway or a defensive situation is absolutely amazing and I think it's one of the very reasons why back in the JMHA he was ranked as the #4 prospect behind guys like Yasuo Mashimo and the big star himself at #1, Yoshimura Yoshitoshi. Either way, Yamazuki is fast and controls his skating well. - Good deking and puck handling ability
Another good thing about RYII is how along with his speed, he's also got good puck handling to go with it. The way you handle the puck is essential to how you do throughout the game and how well you can hold on to the puck without faltering, and it seems like this principle is a solid thought that stays in RY's mind during games. As for deking, this kid can pull some nasty danglers when in pressure or near goal and it's probably because of this that he could pull off a good amount of goals from both his execution and his form. Speaking of goals, that moves into our next and final pro... - Accurate Goal Scorer
FInally, we come to the bread and butter of what RY has to offer and that's how he's good at scoring goals. Despite being the #4 prospect in the JMHA, at the time before leaving the league, Ryo was the league leader for goals being up there with 28 goals. According to the charts, Ryo's shots were goals 60% of the time, 39% of the time his shots were blocked, and the 1% being the times that he missed the goal entirely and it was a failed shot. It just goes to show that his shooting is relatively on track and rarely there are any problems, his wrist shot is a powerful tool that pretty much has the power of a normal slapshot and comes out on a dime while his slapshot cranks out results. With these two things, it majorly helps out his game.
Now that we've gotten out the pros, let's now talk about the Cons...
- Not very strong defensively
While there's a lot to talk about RY on the Offensive side, defensively there's not really much to talk about. RY is fast but rather than stick around and play D, he gets kinda absent-minded and kinda tries to be defensive but fails due to the fact that he doesn't have much power to be a threat. It's best to just say that Ryo is more of an offense guy than a defense guy for his skills in this compartment are lacking and could use someone to give refinement for the future.
- Doesn't pass the puck much
In turn with being a good scorer, Yamazuki is also a bit of a puck hog in the sense that rather than passing it around, he'd rather go for constant shots that probably don't have a chance than pass it around. Teamwork is something you need to get on by in the game of hockey, it's what makes the game of hockey, without it, hockey would just be nothing but uncoordinated teenagers/adults doing fuck all and just skating around, Ryo for some reason doesn't get this decides to try and be the faux hero. Hopefully, a reality check will teach this boy that being a greedy fucker isn't welcome. - Gets into fights
The biggest con that can be described with RY's game is how the kid constantly gets into fights and because of this can sometimes be a deterrent for the team during big moments. Ryo is good kid with the talents if being a probable superstar, but the rate he's going, he acts more like a goon rather than the role he could take on as a great scorer. I could see him attempting to be an enforcer, but how would that work in this league? Seems like a bad choice.
And with that, we finish off the DSN Rookie Report.
Thank you for watching. I've been your host Steven Carby and I'll see you all soon!