Morgan Klimchuk
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Morgan Klimchuk

Hometown:

Calgary Alberta

Currently Playing In:

CHL

Birthday:

1995-03-02

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2013

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2013

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

1st round (28th overall), 2013

Weight:

180 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2009-10: Morgan Klimchuk had 83 points in 41 games for the Calgary Bisons bantam AAA team and was selected by Regina in the first round (fifth overall) the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft.

2010-11: Klimchuk made his WHL debut, skating in five games for the Regina Pats, and was the second-leading scorer of the Calgary Buffaloes in the Alberta midget AAA league. He had 1 assist and was minus-one in his stint with the Pats, who missed the WHL playoffs. He scored 27 goals with 23 assists and had 12 penalty minutes in 32 games for the Buffaloes during the regular season and was scoreless in two playoff contests. Klimchuk played for Team Alberta in the 2011 Canada Winter Games and scored 3 goals with 1 assist in six games.

2011-12: Klimchuk played 67 games for the Pats in his first full WHL season and skated for Canada Pacific in the 2012 U17 World Hockey Challenge. He was fourth on Regina with 18 goals and was plus-three with 18 assists and 27 penalty minutes. The Pats reached the playoffs after finishing fourth in the East Division. Klimchuk had1 assist and was minus-two with 2 penalty minutes in the five-game series with Moose Jaw. He scored 2 goals with 4 assists in five games at the WHC as Canada Pacific captured the bronze medal.

2012-13: Klimchuk was Regina's second-leading scorer and played for Canada's U18 team in the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial and 2013 World Junior Championship tournaments. He skated in all 72 games for the Pats, scoring 36 goals with 40 assists, and was minus-one with 20 penalty minutes. Regina missed the playoffs; finishing fifth in the East. Klimchuk won a pair of gold medals with Canada's U18 team. He scored 1 goal with 6 penalty minutes in five games at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament and was tied for second with 8 points behind 2015 draft eligible Connor McDavid as Canada won the 2013 WJC title; defeating the USA, 3-2, in the gold medal game. Klimchuk was ranked 25th amongst North American skaters in Central Scouting's final rankings prior to the 2013 NHL Draft.

 

Talent Analysis

Klimchuk is an offensive threat with his excellent hockey sense and ability to find the back of the net with ease. Coaches laud his work ethic. A clutch goal scorer who greatly improved his skating ability this past season, Klimchuk can skillfully navigate attacking zone traffic while shooting well off either foot. The Alberta native also possesses an excellent leadership side to his game and has a strong winning attitude.

 

Future

Klimchuk will return to Regina in 2013-14 to play in his third season with the Pats. He will be one of the veteran players on the team and will be looked upon to lead the way in the locker room and on the scoring sheet. Flames management will closely follow Klimchuk’s development this season to determine the next stages of his career.

 

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