Kris Chucko

Hometown:

Burnaby British Columbia

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1986-03-13

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2004

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

1st round (24th overall), 2004

Weight:

198 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History
2004-05: After being selected 24th overall by the Flames, Chucko left the Salmon Arm Silverbacks of the BCHL to attend the University of Minnesota. In 44 games with the Gophers, Chucko would tally 21 points (10G, 11A). After two overtime wins over Cornell and Maine in the West Regional of the NCAA Frozen Four Tournament, the Gophers would face off and lose to the University of North Dakota in their semi-final match up.

2005-06: The Burnaby, B.C., native’s sophomore year was disappointing on two levels. Firstly, Chucko would only play 33 games due to injury and would score just 13 points. Lastly, the No.2 ranked University of Minnesota would be upset in overtime in their opening game of the 2006 NCAA Frozen Four tournament against the No.15 ranked Holy Cross Crusaders. 

2006-07: Opting out of collegiate play, Chucko joined up with the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights (AHL), netting 14 goals and as many assists in 80 games. He also tallied 72 penalty minutes in his first year as a pro.

2007-08: This marked the wingers first season with Quad City (AHL) and his second as an AHL forward. In 80 games, he netted a career-high 15 goals and 30 points.

2008-09: Chucko spent the season with the Quad City Flames (AHL), his second with the Calgary affiliate. In 74 games, he managed to net a career-high 28 goals and 51 points, along with 59 penalty minutes. He also got his first look at NHL hockey when he appeared in two games (no points) with the Calgary Flames.
Talent Analysis

Chucko uses his body to create space for his linemates. Not unskilled himself with the puck, Chucko is excellent at driving the net with the puck and can stickhandle in a phone booth. Displayed good playmaking skills all season long, though his shot could use some work, as unless Chucko is very close to the net, he has trouble with accuracy. But physical play is his bread and butter; Chucko can be downright nasty. He hits with tremendous force, he fights with guys two years older than him, and he can skate with effectiveness with a guy on his back. Excellent in the corners and in front of the net, though he tends to get in the way of the shot itself a little too much. His mean streak can get him into trouble, and often takes dumb penalties.

While Chucko may have put up some great offensive numbers in the BCHL, those numbers have sadly not yet translated to the AHL level. Chucko has had to rely on his hard work and solid physical play to get ice time. He is however very good at driving to net and has proven to be a steady defensive player in the AHL.

Future
Chucko is heading towards a potential third or fourth line role with the Flames.