In Prospect Profiles, we’ll take a look at a Lightning prospect and introduce you to them. These players represent the possible future of the Lightning. If you’re interested in seeing into the future, then this is for you.
Name: Boris Katchouk
Position: Left Wing
Weight: 190 pounds
Junior Team: Saulte Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
2016-17 Team: Saulte Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
Acquired: 2016 Draft, 2nd Round, 44th overall
Boris Katchouk was a 2nd round draft this summer for the Tampa Bay Lightning. With a little more emphasis this year on forwards with size and skill after the selection of Brett Howden in the first round, Katchouk fit that mold. He’s a 6’1″ and 190 pounds left winger. He’s also of Russian descent, but his declared nationality for international play is Canada.
Katchouk is a gritty power forward that isn’t afraid of going to the net. He also has the skill to complement more skilled players and create space on the ice for his linemates. Like many offensively talented forwards that play in the Canadian major junior leagues, he’ll need to work on his defensive game when he moves to the AHL in a few years. He had 51 points in 63 games for the Greyhounds last season with 24 points coming from goals. He also added another 10 points in 12 playoff games with 6 goals.
Lightning fans will get their second chance to see him after the development camp earlier this summer coming up this weekend. The Lightning will be gathering their prospects and rookies together for a couple practices this week and then down to Sunrise over the weekend for three games in a prospect tournament with the Panthers, Capitals, and Predators.
Katchouk will spend the next two seasons in the OHL before he is eligible for full time AHL play. He’s currently in a great situation with the Greyhounds as they are a fairly good team and he’s getting top minutes for them. General Manager Steve Yzerman and Scouting Director Al Murray have said how it important it is for prospects to score at the lower levels to show they have the skill to keep up as they advance in the organization. So, you’d like to see his production get up over the point per game mark this season and then take an even bigger step towards a point and a half per game or more in the following season.