|This player from Colorado is in the same boat as Goran and Joe. You basically mix them up in a hat and see who will come out on top. Joe is rated 47 points higher currently than Nick, but Nick's had a slightly more impressive finish at 9th a couple of years ago. These three players go to a lot of match point either way scenarios, which makes sense because they are so close. Nick's offense is very potent with deceptive LWUs. He has a cross, both right walls. He has an ok cut, but could work on making it more deceptive. He has had a little better strategy in recent years, but I have yet to make him really force the issue, or his will onto an opponent. I see his just hitting a lot of shots and not working a system to setup his opponents. Having several different drifts, attacks, and defensive adjustments is paramount to cracking the top 8 or 5. Right now, Nick is just trying to solidify his position in the top 16.
Something else I've noticed is that he has difficulty controlling speeds, and he holds the mallet in a unique way, where if the table is playing pretty fast, he can't take a full/normal swing at the puck, he has to just try to baby it. He needs to figure it out so he is effective on all tables. That and timely defense would help.