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.

2013-14: Klimchuk signed a three-year entry-level contract with Calgary in December 2013 and made his pro hockey debut with Flames’ AHL affiliate Abbotsford in April following his third WHL season with Regina. He was -2 with no points and 4 penalty minutes in four regular season games with the Heat and did not play in any playoff games for Abbotsford. Klimchuk was the third-leading scorer for the Pats despite missing 15 games due to an early season abdominal injury — scoring 30 goals with 44 assists in 57 regular season games — and was +26 with 27 penalty minutes. Regina finished first in the East Division before being swept by Brandon in a first round playoff series. Klimchuk scored 3 goals with 2 assists and was -3 with 2 penalty minutes in four playoff games. He skated in two games for the WHL in the Subway Series against Russia. 

Talent Analysis

Klimchuk is an offensive threat with excellent hockey sense and the ability to find the back of the net. Coaches laud his work ethic. He is a clutch goal scorer who has greatly improved his skating ability in junior hockey. 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 attended the Canada U20 evaluation camp but was not selected before taking part in his second training camp with the Flames. After suffering a wrist injury he was returned to Regina at the start of the 2014-15 season and was subsequently traded to Brandon. The Wheat Kings have dominated the Eastern Conference and Klimchuk has fit in well with his new team. He could challenge for a spot with the Flames as early as next season but could need time at the AHL level before he is NHL-ready. Long-term he projects as a consistent scorer and second or third line forward.

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