2013 Draft Prospect Profile #29: Morgan Klimchuk
Our 29th 2013 prospect profile is on Morgan Klimchuk of the Regina Pats of the WHL.
Position: Left Wing
Team: Regina Pats (WHL)
Date of Birth: March 2, 1995
Place of Birth: Regina, Saskatchewan
Ht: 5'11" Wt: 175 lbs
2012-2013 Regular Season Stats:
Morgan Klimchuk is a high-energy forward from the WHL who plays well in all zones. He has speed, good puck skills, and shows a knack for playing on the Power Play in multiple roles on the man advantage. He brings a defensive strength to the table, and works hard in battles and in front of the net, despite his size. At 5'11", however, he is a bit undersized for the NHL.
Klimchuk is ranked #25 in the final Central Scouting North American Skater rankings.
Klimchuk put up good numbers (76 points in 72 games) with not much offensive help in Regina. He has the ability to play a high-energy game, with good puck possession elements. Scouts rave about his quick hands and feet, as he can barrel through the neutral zone with the puck or pressure opponents effectively without it. He is also a very agile player, and he picks up speed well. Klimchuk can control the puck effectively on the power play; he has been used on the point as well as in a distributing role. A few WHL scouts have complimented his offensive awareness when he is affronted space with which to work. He projects as a quality player with the man advantage. He possesses a plus shot, with the ability to score from a distance. Klimchuk is a bit undersized at 5'11", but he works hard in battles, and he will drive the net. He is also a committed defensive player.
- Hockey Prospectus
Has flown under the radar playing in Regina this season... Possesses exceptional speed and acceleration which he uses to create offense on his own... Determined competitor who rarely takes a shift off... Plays an effective game in all 3 zones and in the corners... Projects as a Top 9 NHL forward
Why he'd be a good fit in Columbus:
You always like two-way guys that can put the puck in the net, and having a guy with strength at multiple positions on the Power Play would be a huge asset for the Jackets. Klimchuk also has a high motor, strong work ethic, and speed on his skates. These assets would be welcomed additions to the Jackets organization.
Klimchuk in Action