Kennedy: Klimchuk Ready to Take Leap
August 08, 2012
Morgan Klimchuk expects to be Pats go-to guy in 2012-13
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By Ryan Kennedy, The Hockey News
Summer means camp and that goes for hockey’s juniors, too. Team USA is holding its world junior evaluation camp in Lake Placid, N.Y., right now, with Sweden and Finland coming in to help out as competition.
Meanwhile, Canada’s Ivan Hlinka team is set after examinations of that grouping and the Canada-Russia challenge is about to pop off. Let’s round up some prominent names in the prospect world right now, shall we?
Morgan Klimchuk, C – Regina Pats (WHL)
Canada will once again bring a dynamic offensive attack to the Ivan Hlinka tourney in Slovakia and the Czech Republic and Klimchuk will be one of those weapons. As a rookie with the Pats, the Calgary native tallied 18 goals and 36 points in 67 games, good for fifth on the squad. Now it’s time to kick it up another notch in the Western League.
“I want to produce any way I can, get on special teams, start reassuring those parts of your game that you might not get a chance to do as a rookie,” Klimchuk said. “I’m looking forward to stepping into those roles and being an impact player.”
Scouts have always been high on Klimchuk, who brings quickness to many facets of his game, but also prides himself on his ability to see plays others may not. Back in Calgary, the youngster has seen more than his share of pros at Crash Conditioning, where he has trained.
“I’ve worked out alongside Jordan Eberle, Zach Boychuk, Thomas Hickey and Mike Green in Calgary,” he said. “It’s beneficial to see how hard they work.”
With the Pats finally putting together a solid season in 2011-12, the emphasis for the next campaign is continued improvement, especially since archrival Saskatoon will be loading up as Memorial Cup host.
“I’ve got big expectations for this year,” Klimchuk said. “We made our first playoff run in a couple seasons last year, which was big for the team – we needed that. But now it’s beyond just making the playoffs. We want to do something big.”
No doubt Klimchuk will be front and center in that effort. Draft eligible in 2013.
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