Morgan Klimchuk, LW Regina Pats
Morgan Klimchuk has stepped into a top 6 role for the Regina Pats and has had a productive season so far. He is a fast skating winger who has displayed a good goal scoring touch consistently throughout the season. Klimchuk is at his best when he is moving his feet in the offensive zone. He has shown that he can locate the soft areas in a defensive zone coverage, and is able to capitalize on those chances. He has a good release on his wrist shot and has displayed good accuracy on his shots too.
The biggest improvement Klimchuk has made from last season is his willingness to go to the net and put away rebounds. He goes into the dirty areas in the ice and takes the punishment to try and score goals from in tight. Klimchuk needs to work on his defensive game, particularly his awareness without the puck to have more impact in games. He had a bit of a rough stretch in the early parts of December, but seems to have picked it up lately to be a bigger factor for the Pats, who will definitely need him to continue to chip in offensively on a regular basis to win games.
HP’s Michelle Sturino had a chance to talk to Morgan about his season and the upcomg NHL Draft.