Boris Katchouk

by olafson1393 on September 22, 2017

 

Boris Katchouk, LW

 

Shoots: L

Height: 6-1

Weight: 190

Born: 1998-06-18

Hometown: Vancouver, BC, Canada

Drafted: 2016 by the Tampa Bay Lightning, 44th overall

Observations:

September 2017 - Katchouk has received an excellent opportunity in the Lightning preseason, and shown flashes of NHL readiness. His skating and overall awareness have led to offensive success, but the junior eligible forward has been caught on the wrong end of some scoring chances for the opposition. At times, he seems unsure of his defensive positioning which could be a simple matter of playing in an unfamiliar environment, with unfamiliar pressure. Nonetheless, Katchouk is extremely confident with the puck on his stick, and when travelling up ice without it. Katchouk was cut by the Lightning after his second pre-season game and returned to the Greyhounds for his final year of junior - he'll be eligible to play in the AHL in 2018-19. Brayden Olafson

June 2017 - Hockey Canada announced their camp-roster for the 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase this week, with Greyhounds forward, Katchouk cracking the group of 25 forwards, 17 of which joined him on stage at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. He's not a lock to make the team, however Katchouk will certainly challenge for a spot on the wing with Team Canada at the 2018 World Junior Championships in Buffalo. Katchouk will then play one more year with the Greyhounds before transitioning into the Lightning's farm system where the second-round pick will likely spend a year or two being forced to improve his skating before earning time in the NHL.  Brayden Olafson

 

April 2017 - Katchouk's season came to an end at the hands of the Owen Sound Attack in the second round of OHL playoffs. After getting out to a 2-0 series lead, the Greyhounds were unable to close, losing four straight to the Attack. It wasn't for a lack of trying though, at least from Katchouk's perspective - the second-round-pick scored in three of the last four games, besides adding two assists in the two winning games. A well-rounded season as well as a superior playoff performance earned him an entry level deal with the Lightning, he'll hope to join the Crunch in their AHL playoff run, where they've split the first two games with the St. John's Ice Caps. Brayden Olafson

 

March 2017 – Katchouk has been contributing consistently for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL who are in the midst of a competitive playoff series against the Flint Firebirds. Though there are certainly bigger fish seeking the OHL title, this series will certainly reveal a little more of what the second-round pick has to offer in terms of competitive nature. Boris was voted top penalty killer in the OHL this season in the annual coaches poll. The accolade will certainly resonate with the Lightning development team, has a collection of intriguing two-way forwards working their way up the pipeline. Brayden Olafson

November 2016 - Boris Katchouk is coming off a great performance for Team OHL at the Canada-Russia Series.  Born in Waterloo, Katchouk is also of Russian decent but has chosen to play for Canada internationally. Katchouk had a solid game with several scoring chances. He ended up with one goal and six shots by the end of the game. He isn’t the most skilled, but Katchouk’s shot can be very dangerous. He has the ability to open up space for his teammates which makes him a great complementary player. Katchouk is getting higher minutes in Sault Ste Marie and will be looked at to provide more consistent offense as the season progresses. Once eligible, I see Katchouk spending a couple years in the minors before making a big leap. Kathryn Jean

June 2016 – Drafted in the second round by the Lightning, Katchouk was a great pickup for Tampa Bay. A skilled winger with first-round talent, he works hard and has powerful legs, which allow him to get a great first step. Needs to be more involved in physical play and be a contributor in his own end. Has a very good shot that he uses frequently. Will spend one to two years in junior.

 

Fantasy Outlook: B+

 

Has the shot and offensive instincts down, but will need to build up to NHL size to keep himself from getting knocked off the puck.

 

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