Morgan Klimchuk
Image: WHL

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.

Buffalo Sabres flaunt deep prospect pool despite recent trade

by Jason Chen
on

Justin Bailey has scored 12 goals and 14 assists in 20 games since being traded to the Soo Greyhounds at the trade deadline.

Photo: Justin Bailey has scored 12 goals and 14 assists in 20 games since being traded to the Soo Greyhounds at the trade deadline. (Courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

 

Only a team with a wealth of young talent like the Buffalo Sabres could have put together a package appetizing enough to wrestle Evander Kane and Zach Bogosian away from Winnipeg. Outgoing prospects Joel Armia and Brendan Lemieux are promising young players, but the organization has plenty of others—and the best are still in the fold. Read more»

Prospect Impressions: Conway’s goal from Happy Valley, trio of OHL plays, more from around the globe

by David Hahn
on

Vince Dunn  - Niagara IceDogs

Photo: Niagara IceDogs defenseman and 2015 prospect Vince Dunn was ranked 53rd in NHL Central Scouting’s midterm rankings for the 2015 NHL Draft (courtesy of Aaron Bell/OHL Images )

 

One collegiate freshman from Great Britain scores a beauty in Happy Valley, while a former SHL Goalie of the Year makes a spectacular save. Three OHL players with different NHL circumstances score this weekend in this week’s Prospect Impressions. Read more»

Winnipeg Jets Top 20 has a wealth of international talent

by HF Staff
on

Nic Petan - Winnipeg Jets

Photo: Winnipeg Jets prospect Nic Petan has been brilliant as a junior player. (courtesy of Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

 

The Winnipeg Jets broke the mold this month, making the team’s first major trade in their short history – a massive seven-player deal that saw franchise top-five picks Evander Kane and Zach Bogosian head to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, prospects Joel Armia and Brendan Lemieux, and a first-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Read more»

Wildcats’ Garland focused on team success over personal accolades

by Chris Roberts
on

Conor Garland - Moncton Wildcats

Photo: Moncton Wildcats forward Conor Garland this season has already doubled his point total from 2013-14 with 10 games remaining in the 2014-15 season (courtesy of Dave Connell)

 

If it wasn’t quite evident last season, then it’s easy to see this year: Conor Garland is the most skilled player in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

The Moncton Wildcats winger recorded 54 points in 51 games last season in what was his first year of NHL Draft eligibility. Despite that level of production on a relatively mediocre Wildcats team compared to years past, Garland went undrafted. Offensive totals are not the be-all, end-all when it comes to drafting a player – the last QMJHL player to be selected in the 2014 NHL Draft was Julien Nantel (COL), who had just 34 points in 68 games. Read more»

(Video) First NHL Goal: Lindbohm gets Blues going in win over Bruins

by Ken McKenna
on

Petteri Lindbohm - St. Louis Blues

Photo: St. Louis Blues rookie defenseman Petteri Lindbohm didn’t just net his first NHL goal in the Blues’ win over the Boston Bruins, as he also had a bout with the Bruins’ Jordan Caron (courtesy of Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire)

 

After a sluggish first period for he and his St. Louis Blues teammates, Blues defenseman Petteri Lindbohm scored the goal – his first NHL goal – that got the Blues rolling to an eventual 5-1 win over the Boston Bruins. Read more»

Related Articles