Peter Stoykewych
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Peter Stoykewych

Hometown:

Winnipeg Manitoba

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1992-07-14

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2010

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

7th round (199th overall), 2010

Weight:

188 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2008-09: Peter Stoykewych played for Winnepeg South Blues in the MJHL along with older brother Adam, a Michigan Tech recruit. Scored 4 goals with 12 assists in 53 games with 33 PIM.

2009-10: Break out season as he was one of the top puck moving defenseman in the MJHL for Winnepeg South – scoring 6 goals with 25 assists and 63 PIM in 56 games. Played for Team West in the World Junior A challenge and was also selected for the CJHL Prospects Games. Committed to Colorado College for the 2011-12 season.

2010-11: In preparation for his commitment to Colorado College, Stoykewych spent the season in the USHL with the Des Moines Buccaneers. Through 58 games the big blueliner took a regular shift on the second pairing and played a consistent game on a poor team. His 5 goals and 10 assists were modest numbers compared to his MJHL days, but Stoykewych does have the ability to produce more often for the Tigers. His smooth skating style should serve him well on the big ice surface and the Colorado College program is on the rise.

2011-12: Stoykewych worked his way into the lineup for Colorado College as a freshman; skating in 26 of 36 games for the Tigers. Playing alongside junior Mike Boivin on the Tigers’ third pairing, he had 3 assists and was an even plus-minus with 14 penalty minutes. Colorado College finished fifth in the WCHA but was upset by Michigan Tech in the first round of the league tournament; finishing the year 18-16-2.

2012-13: Stoykewych played in all 42 games for Colorado College in his sophomore season. Playiing on the Tigers’ top defense pairing with senior Mike Boivin, he scored 2 goals with 9 assists and was +1 with 20 penalty minutes. After finishing eighth in the WCHA, Colorado College came within one game of earning a berth in the NCAA tournament; defeating Denver, North Dakota and Minnesota before falling to Wisconsin in the Broadmoor Trophy (WCHA) championship game.

2013-14: Stoykewych was one of five players to skate in all 37 games for Colorado College in his junior season; spending much of the season on the Tigers’ top pairing with freshman Gustav Olofsson (MIN). One of two Winnipeg prospects in the Tigers defense corps along with Aaron Harstad, he scored 1 goal with 8 assists and was minus-18 with 46 penalty minutes. Colorado College finished seventh in the first season of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference and was swept by North Dakota in an NCHC quarterfinal series.

Talent Analysis

A puck moving defenseman, Stoykewych's game is predicated on moving the puck quickly and making the players around him better. His skating speed is a key to his game while he also has a strong shot that is tough on goalies. His offensive numbers have been limited during his college career as he has focused on his defense and emphasizing the physical aspects of the game. He is a team leader and needs to continue to develop his tactical and technical skills to have a shot at playing at the next level.

Future

Stoykewych was named team captain for Colorado College entering his senior season in 2014-15. With one-time Blackhawks assistant and former AHL and ECHL head coach Mike Haviland now coaching the Tigers and several players having left there will be a lot of new players in the lineup and Stoykewych is being counted on to provide stability and leadership. A solid, if unspectacular defender at the college level, he will be watched closely this season as the Winnipeg personnel staff determines whether to offer him an entry-level contract. A more likely scenario has him signing a minor league deal to begin his career and working his way up the pro hockey ladder.

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