Boris Katchouk

Tampa Bay Lightning
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Fantasy Summary

Well-rounded forward with equal ability on both sides of the red line. Excels as a goal scorer and could eventually work his way into an NHL middle-six role.

Fantasy Upside 6.5
NHL Certainty 6.5
Country CAN
Position C
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth June 18, 1998
Height 6‘1”
Weight 192 lbs
Drafted 2016 Round 2; Overall: 44


 June 2020 – 2019-20 was the strongest pro season for Katchouk thus far, as he significantly increased his scoring pace with nine additional points in 15 fewer games compared to the previous season. His greatest asset remains his versatility, and at his ceiling, he likely projects as a middle-six NHL option that may also be able to slot into a penalty-killing role. Brandon Holmes
November 2019 – Boris Katchouk was assigned to the Syracuse Crunch by the Lightning at the start of the 2019-2020 season, where Katchouk has settled back into his role from the season prior. Katchouk’s scoring rate is slightly up, with four goals and six points in his first 16 games of the season. Katchouk seems to be slowly developing in the AHL and still projects at his ceiling as a potential middle-six forward in the NHL. Brandon Holmes

March 2019 – Katchouk’s first pro season with the AHL’s Crunch has been somewhat underwhelming, though that could be in part due to his limited role in a stacked Syracuse lineup. Katchouk has mostly found himself in Syracuse’s bottom six, more specifically their fourth line as of late, and sits on the season at nine goals and 19 points in 60 games. He hasn’t yet shown the offensive upside that was present in Junior with the Greyhounds, but perhaps in 2019-20 with the increased ice time he can develop into a potent AHL contributor and eventually find his way up to the big club in Tampa Bay. Despite the slow start to his pro career, Katchouk does remain one of Tampa’s top prospects, and though I don’t see top-line potential for him at the moment, I’m fairly confident he’ll play games at the NHL level in some meaningful capacity. Brandon Holmes

March 2018 – Katchouk continues to lead the dominant Soo Greyhounds in goals toward the completion of the OHL season, with 41. The left-winger has risen to a new level this season, and will have the option to return to return to the OHL next season as an over-ager. The Lightning’s cap situation seems to be figuring itself out in ways that make it difficult to see Katchouk in serious contention for an NHL role next fall, though he’s certainly showing that he will be a capable NHLer in the future. Whenever the winger does decide to go pro, we’ll likely see him as one of the first choices to be recalled to the big club at some point through that season. Brayden Olafson

January 2018 – Katchouk is certainly getting some recognition and adding value to his name after returning to the Greyhounds with a gold medal from the 2018 World Junior Championship in Buffalo. The first of the Lightning’s three second-round selections in the 2016 entry draft, Katchouk is finally getting some well-deserved attention on a larger stage. After developing some chemistry with former OHL opponent Taylor Raddysh at the Christmas tournament, Katchouk will return to Sault Saint Marie with him as team-mates as the result of an OHL blockbuster. The two offensive weapons will solidify the Greyhounds, who were already dominant, as the favorite to come out of Ontario to the Memorial Cup in Regina this May. Brayden Olafson

September 2017 – Katchouk has received an excellent opportunity in the Lightning preseason and shown flashes of NHL readiness. His skating and overall awareness have led to offensive success, but the junior eligible forward has been caught on the wrong end of some scoring chances for the opposition. At times, he seems unsure of his defensive positioning which could be a simple matter of playing in an unfamiliar environment, with unfamiliar pressure. Nonetheless, Katchouk is extremely confident with the puck on his stick, and when travelling up ice without it. Katchouk was cut by the Lightning after his second pre-season game and returned to the Greyhounds for his final year of junior – he’ll be eligible to play in the AHL in 2018-19. Brayden Olafson

June 2017 – Hockey Canada announced their camp-roster for the 2017 World Junior Summer Showcase this week, with Greyhounds forward, Katchouk cracking the group of 25 forwards, 17 of which joined him on stage at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. He’s not a lock to make the team, however Katchouk will certainly challenge for a spot on the wing with Team Canada at the 2018 World Junior Championships in Buffalo. Katchouk will then play one more year with the Greyhounds before transitioning into the Lightning’s farm system where the second-round pick will likely spend a year or two being forced to improve his skating before earning time in the NHL. Brayden Olafson

April 2017 – Katchouk’s season came to an end at the hands of the Owen Sound Attack in the second round of OHL playoffs. After getting out to a 2-0 series lead, the Greyhounds were unable to close, losing four straight to the Attack. It wasn’t for a lack of trying though, at least from Katchouk’s perspective – the second-round-pick scored in three of the last four games, besides adding two assists in the two winning games. A well-rounded season, as well as a superior playoff performance, earned him an entry-level deal with the Lightning, he’ll hope to join the Crunch in their AHL playoff run, where they’ve split the first two games with the St. John’s IceCaps. Brayden Olafson

March 2017 – Katchouk has been contributing consistently for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL who are in the midst of a competitive playoff series against the Flint Firebirds. Though there are certainly bigger fish seeking the OHL title, this series will certainly reveal a little more of what the second-round pick has to offer in terms of competitive nature. Boris was voted top penalty killer in the OHL this season in the annual coaches poll. The accolade will certainly resonate with the Lightning development team, has a collection of intriguing two-way forwards working their way up the pipeline. Brayden Olafson

November 2016 – Boris Katchouk is coming off a great performance for Team OHL at the Canada-Russia Series. Born in Waterloo, Katchouk is also of Russian decent but has chosen to play for Canada internationally. Katchouk had a solid game with several scoring chances. He ended up with one goal and six shots by the end of the game. He isn’t the most skilled, but Katchouk’s shot can be very dangerous. He has the ability to open up space for his teammates which makes him a great complimentary player. Katchouk is getting higher minutes in Sault Ste Marie and will be looked at to provide more consistent offense as the season progresses. Once eligible, I see Katchouk spending a couple years in the minors before making a big leap. Kathryn Jean

June 2016 – Drafted in the second round by the Lightning, Katchouk was a great pickup for Tampa Bay. A skilled winger with first-round talent, he works hard and has powerful legs, which allow him to get a great first step. Needs to be more involved in physical play and be a contributor in his own end. Has a very good shot that he uses frequently. Will spend one to two years in junior.


 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2013-2014 Waterloo Wolves U16 AAA ALLIANCE U16 29 25 33 58 35 | Playoffs 10 3 9 12
  Waterloo Wolves U16 AAA OHL Cup 4 1 2 3 2 |          
  Team ALLIANCE OGC-16 5 0 2 2 0 |          
  Waterloo Wolves U16 AAA U16 AAA 72 54 75 129 65 |          
 2014-2015 Team Red U17-Dev 3 2 0 2 2 |          
  Soo Thunderbirds NOJHL 29 18 27 45 18 | Playoffs 11 4 11 15
  Soo Greyhounds OHL 12 0 2 2 17 |          
  Soo Thunderbirds Dudley Hewitt Cup 4 3 3 6 6 |          
  Soo Thunderbirds RBC Cup 4 0 2 2 0 |          
 2015-2016 Soo Greyhounds OHL 63 24 27 51 61 | Playoffs 12 6 4 10
  Canada U18 WJC-18 5 1 1 2 8 |          
 2016-2017 Soo Greyhounds OHL 66 35 29 64 46 | Playoffs 11 8 5 13 12 
  OHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 1 1 0 1 0 |          
 2017-2018 Soo Greyhounds OHL 58 42 43 85 30 | Playoffs 24 19 18 37
  Canada U20 WJC-20 7 3 3 6 4 |          
  OHL All-Stars Jr Super Series 2 0 0 0 0 |          
 2018-2019 Syracuse Crunch AHL 75 11 12 23 58 | Playoffs 4 0 0 0
 2019-2020 Syracuse Crunch AHL 60 14 18 32 33 |