Ivan Chekhovich

by Zachary DeVine on January 13, 2018

Ivan Chekhovich, LW

Shoots: Left

Height: 5-10

Weight: 176

Born: 1999-01-04

Hometown: Yekaterinburg, Russia

Drafted:2017 Draft (7th Round - 212 overall)

 

Observations:

January 2018 – The third overall pick in the 2016 CHL Import draft, taken before names like Nich Hischier, Filip Zadina and Aleksi Heponiemi the fall for Ivan Chekhovic was a mighty one in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Every outlet predicted Chekhovich to go somewhere between rounds two and four. Falling to the Sharks at 212, with just a handful of picks left in the draft is a zero risk, high-reward selection for the skilled winger.

Chekhovich was one of the better draft eligible skaters with Baie-Comeau Drakkar but concerns about his off-puck play and a compete level that is best described as inconsistent kept him out of top consideration, despite a willingness to be in the gritty areas of the ice and knock in rebound goals. He has good acceleration, is a dangerous puck distributor with strong hockey sense and vision on the ice. Either way, the skill set alone should have seen the small Russian stay firmly in the top half of the draft.

He was nearly a point-per-game skater in his draft year and so far in the 2017-18 campaign is far off the pace at just 12 goals and 13 assists through 38 contests. Zachary DeVine

Fantasy Outlook: C+

Boom-or-bust prospect with offensive skills that impress and a motor that sputters at times, which is not a good look for a European-trained prospect.

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