Mark Katic
Image: OHL

Mark Katic

Hometown:

Porcupine Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1989-09-05

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2007

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2007

Height:

5-10

Acquired:

3rd round (62nd overall), 2007

Weight:

180 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2005-06: In his first season with the Sting, Mark Katic recorded 34 points (five goals, 29 assists) and 33 PIM.  His 34 points were the most for an OHL rookie defenseman, and second most for any Sarnia defenseman.  He was named the Sting’s Co-Rookie of the year and was a member of the OHL’s First Team All-Rookie squad. 

2006-07: Katic's play for the Sting levelled off this season.  Matching his goal totals from last season with five, he only tallied six more total points despite playing more games (17) and logging more minutes.  He was selected to play in the OHL All-Star Classic where he failed to record a point, but finished the game a +2.  He was selected to play in the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge for Team OHL where he recorded one assist in one game.  Katic was also one of the 40 players selected to play in the 2007 Home Hardware CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game where he was one of the Assistant Captains.  He failed to record a point during the game.

2007-08: After playing for Team Canada in the World Junior 18-A tournament at the end of the 2006-07 season, Katic rejoined the Sarnia Sting (OHL) for his third season with the club. He put up 31 points (5+26) in 45 games after missing the first five of the season.

2008-09: Katic appeared in 63 games for the Sarnia Sting in his fourth OHL season. He scored 13 goals with 41 assists and was +12 with 45 PMs as the Sting finished fourth in the West Division and qualified for the OHL playoffs. Katic appeared in 4 of 5 playoff games for the Sting and had 1 goal with a -5 plus/minus and 6 PMs.

2009-10: Katic appeared in 48 games for AHL Bridgeport in his first pro season – missing time due to a shoulder injury. Katic scored three goals with 11 assists and was -7 with 16 PMs for the Sound Tigers. Bridgeport finished fifth in the Atlantic Division but Katic could not participate in the playoff series with Hershey.

2009-10: Fianlly making the jump to the AHL, Katic saw time with Bridgeport scoring three goasl and 11 assists.

2010-11: Katic made his first NHL appearance in February and saw extensive action in the Islanders last five games – averaging over 18 minutes of ice time. In 11 games with the Islanders he had 1 assist and was -9 with 4 PMs. Katic was the top offensive defenseman for AHL Bridgeport. In 63 games for the Sound Tigers he had 4 goals with 26 assists. He had a -14 plus/minus with 37 PMs as Bridgeport finished last in the Atlantic Division.

2011-12: Katic suffered a serious shoulder injury in the pre-season and did not play any hockey until March 2012; skating in 14 regular season games and one playoff contest for Islanders AHL affiliate Bridgeport. He had 4 assists and was minus-six with 6 penalty minutes. Katic was tendered a qualifying offers by the Islanders in June 2012 and in July signed a contract to play for Eisbaren Berlin in Germany for the 2012-13 season.

 

Talent Analysis

Katic is a strong skater who demonstrates very good ice vision and passing ability.   If he gets back to the basics - focuses on making that smart first pass, and concentrates on his skating and positioning - some team could find themselves with a steal in this defenseman.


 

Future

Katic is playing for Eisbaren Berlin in Germany's DEL for the 2012-13 season.