Weight: 179 pounds
Date of birth: June 18, 1998 – Waterloo, Ontario
Position: Left Wing
OHL Draft: Round 2, 33rd overall, 2014 OHL Priority Selection.
During the 2013-2014 season, Katchouk played his Minor Midget hockey for the Waterloo Wolves where he averaged two points per game on 25 goals and 33 assists. He added 3 goals and 9 assists in 10 playoff games and helping the Wolves to the championship.
Katchouk also played in the OHL Gold Cup Under-16 winning a bronze medal with the Team Alliance. In 5 games he registered 2 assists. He also played in the OHL Cup and had a goal and 2 assists in 4 games for the Wolves.
The following season Katchouk moved on to play in 29 games for the Soo Thunderbirds of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League where he would score 18 goals and 27 assists. In 11 playoff games Katchouk would score 4 goals and 11 assists helping the Thunderbirds to the Championship and Katchouk’s second league title.
Following his NOJHL season, Katchouk moved up to the Greyhounds and played in 12 regular season games registering 2 assists. He did not appear in the Greyhounds playoff run to the Western Conference Finals.
You’d be hard pressed to find many players with a higher work ethic than Katchouk. He’s very good at getting in on the forecheck, battling along the wall and a stop at no cost attitude to drive the net. He can be relentless in puck pursuit often causing turnovers and creating scoring chances on those turnovers.
Katchouk possesses size, speed and plays a gritty game. He’s very good in close and with his never quit attitude he is successful when in tight. Perhaps the most impressive asset is his consistency.
Through the first 37 games of this season, Katchouk has gone pointless in three consecutive games just once and two consecutive games without a point just twice. He has registered at least one point in 22 of his 37 games on 13 goals and 18 assists. His 13 goals come on just 67 shots which is good for a 19.4% shooting percentage.
Still an OHL rookie, Katchouk sits fourth in rookie scoring behind Alexander Nylander (Mississauga), Max Jones (London) and Cam Dineen (North Bay).
Katchouk was not on NHL Central Scouting’s pre-season players to watch. He made their updated list in November as a B prospect – second or third round prospect.
Katchouk is trending to be a solid third liner who can skate, play gritty and provide energy while contributing some offense and move up in a pinch to fill in for injury.
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