While the roster is far from set, we’re running a new feature giving you, the fans, an opportunity to get to know players that we could see suiting up for Stockton this season or in future seasons.
Today we focus on forward Morgan Klimchuk.
The first thing that jumps off the page at you when looking at Klimchuk is his ability to put the puck in the net.
The three-time 30-goal scorer in the WHL amassed 118 career goals during his junior career playing with the Regina Pats and the Brandon Wheat Kings.
He totaled 267 points in 261 games and his best season came this past year, as he put up 80 points (34 goals, 46 assists) in 60 games and finished the year ranked in the top ten with a plus-39 rating.
Klimchuk is also lauded for his leadership ability and his maturity on and off the ice with his teammates, coaches and media.
He was the assistant captain of Regina, a duty he held for two seasons with the Pats prior to being traded to the Wheat Kings.
Being traded from your hometown team, with whom you spent your entire career, to a team you have never played for in the next province over is a tough thing to go through at 19-years-old. However, Klimchuk handled the trade like a professional and proceeded to have his best season of his career.
The former 2013 first-round (#28 overall) pick of the Calgary Flames also has international playing experience, as he represented Team Canada in the U-18 World Junior Championships in 2013. He scored 8 points (3 goals, 5 assists) in 7 games and played a large role in Canada winning the gold medal that year.
He did get his first taste of pro hockey when he spent what equated to a cup of coffee in the AHL with the Abbotsford Heat in 2013-14. He played just 4 games in Abbotsford after his junior season ended.
Klimchuk is only 20-years-old and is more than likely entering his first full pro season in the Calgary organization in 2015-16. Obviously, Klimchuk hopes to spend much more time in the pro ranks this time around than his first trip to the pros.
With the level of growth shown in his game on the ice and his maturity off of it, there are few people that doubt Klimchuk’s ability to step onto the NHL or AHL roster and make an immediate impact.
The 5’11”, 185lb. winger enters Flames training camp as one of the most anticipated prospects in the Calgary organization and has high hopes for his rookie season.