Not all prospects come as polished as others yet still possess the potential that make it difficult to pass on.
Morgan Klimchuk is just that. The five-foot-11 forward has all the offensive tools to force NHL teams to think long and hard about taking him in the 2013 NHL Draft.
Skating primarily in Regina’s top-6, Klimchuk has found the back of the net six times in 12 games for the Pats this season, using his great skating ability in combination with his soft hands to create scoring chances at every opportunity.
His world-class vision and hockey IQ enable him to find soft spots on the ice and get into prime scoring situations where he is able to use his hard, accurate shot. His elite scoring-instincts and agility rival other high-echelon prospects and make him dangerous at all times in the offensive zone, according to Future Considerations WHL scout Zenon Herasymiuk.
“Klimchuk is a diminutive forward with outstanding offensive instincts.” Herasymiuk said. “He excels in the offensive zone, where he is able to showcase his quick hands and hard shot. Klimchuk’s agility and quickness allow him to dodge hits and weave in and out of traffic.”
His game isn’t without its warts, though. Klimchuk’s abundance of offensive talent can be overshadowed by his lacklustre defensive coverage and play.
“He could improve his defensive zone coverage,” Herasymiuk added. “Despite maintaining good positioning in his own zone, at times he gets caught watching the play and misses an assignment.”
Klimchuk’s defensive downfalls were not however enough to keep him from representing Canada at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial. Despite only scoring one goal in five games in the tournament, the Calgary, AB product impressed with his offensive awareness and impeccable work ethic.
He isn’t listed among Future Considerations’ top-30 for the 2013 NHL Draft, however one can only ignore Klimchuk’s offensive exploits for so long. Should he round out his game, it would be near-impossible.
Which could help make life easier for teams on draft day.