Jack Kopacka – Player Profile – Soo Greyhounds

Height:  6’2”

Weight:  190 pounds

Date of birth:  March 5, 1998, 1998 Metamora, MI

Position:  Left Wing

Shoots:  Left

OHL Draft:  Round 8, 157th overall, 2014 Priority Selection

Jack Kopacka describes himself as: Explosive, wicked shot, fast, good vision, hockey sense.

Kopacka has good size at 6’2”. He is an extremely good skater with some speed and has very good hands and puck handling skills at top speed. He does posses good hockey sense, vision and has an excellent shot and release.

Jack Kopacka of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images
Jack Kopacka of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Photo by Aaron Bell/OHL Images

His play this season has been inconsistent at times. He got off to a good start but the inconsistencies reared their ugly heads in November, December and January and at times found himself lower on the depth chart.

Have to give credit to Kopacka for working through it. His hard work paid off and since mid February has been producing at a point per game clip and providing the Greyhounds with some much needed secondary scoring. He’s reached the 20 goal 40 point mark (20 goals, 22 assists) and is second in rookie scoring on the Greyhounds behind Boris Katchouk.

Kopacka has the ability to be a strong two-way player. Two things I’d like to see him improve on. First, his physicality: With his size and skating, he could be a force on the forecheck but at times has shown an unwillingness to do so. Secondly, his consistency: If Kopacka would work harder at putting the effort in and using his skills without the hesitancy he at times projects, he could be more successful.

Those are things that young players can learn over time, especially when they get a taste of NHL development camps and see what it takes to make it at the next level. Kopacka certainly has the smarts and he’ll learn.

Kopacka played his minor hockey with Detroit Compuware Under-18. In 21 games he scored 8 goals and added 10 assists. The Greyhounds selected him in the 8th round, 157th overall in the 2014 Ontario hockey League Priority Selection. He was also selected in the United States Hockey League’s Futures Draft by the Sioux Falls Stampede in the 4th round, 84th overall.

Kopacka was ranked 33rd among North American skaters on NHL Central Scouting’s midterm rankings  released in January, right behind Katchouk.

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