Calvin Thürkauf

Columbus Blue Jackets

Fantasy Summary

Big and powerful forward who can play both center and wing. Decent offensive skills but lacks high-end talent.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.5
NHL Certainty 6.0
Country SUI
Position LW
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth June 27, 1997
Height 6‘2”
Weight 212 lbs
Drafted 2016 Round 7; Overall: 185

Observations

January 2018 – Thurkauf’s early-year offensive roll has considerably slowed. Without a goal since mid-November, and only three assists in the same span, he’s having a tough time producing with Cleveland’s anemic offense that ranks last in the AHL with 80 goals in 36 contests. Thurkauf has upped his physical presence lately and gained experience centering the Monsters’ top line in the midst of frequent teammate call-ups to CBJ. Kevin Wickersham

November 2017 – Thurkauf has performed well at the start of his initial pro year. Tied with Tyler Motte for Cleveland’s club lead in goals with five, the 20-year-old Swiss forward has excelled in the offensive zone enjoying a sizeable proportion of sheltered minutes, His shot rate is probably unsustainable at 21.7% however. Employing his large frame, Thurkauf exerted a physical presence in juniors which may help as he continues to work on his defensive play while skating next to Sam Vigneault in a third-line role. Should he successfully hone his two-way game at the AHL level, Thurkauf’s road to the NHL might not take as long as that of most seventh-round selections. Kevin Wickersham

September 2017 – In two Traverse City Prospect Tournament games Thürkauf has proven a prolific distributor, tying St. Louis blueliner Jake Walman for tops in assists with four while lining up with top prospects Vitaly Abramov and Pierre-Luc Dubois. Thürkauf added 10 pounds of muscle in the offseason which should prove valuable in his first pro campaign, most likely starting at AHL Cleveland. Kevin Wickersham

July 2017 – Thürkauf, Columbus’ final 2016 Entry Draft selection as an overage prospect, shot up the rankings during last year’s 33-goal, 37-assist WHL Kelowna campaign, topped off with eight goals and 13 assists in the Rockets’ postseason run to the Western Conference Finals. Captaining the 2017 Swiss U20 WJC squad featuring Nico Hischier certainly drew greater attention to his growing offensive game. He inked a three-year entry level deal with the Blue Jackets during the tournament and will likely open 2017-18 with AHL Cleveland. Prior to last year, Thürkauf did not profile as a scoring dynamo though he did land 18 goals and 27 assists in 2015-16 while exerting a physical presence on Kelowna’s checking lines and making his points mainly by plowing past and though opponents towards the net. As he makes the jump to stronger competition in the pros, we’ll see if his game diminishes or if his playmaking skills and smarts help him adjust. Kevin Wickersham


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2009-2010 Zug II U15 Mini A 3 5 2 7 0 |          
  Swiss Eastern Selects QC Int PW - - - - - |          
 2010-2011 Zug U15 Top Mini 29 18 18 36 38 |          
  Zug II U17 Novizen A 2 2 2 4 2 |          
 2011-2012 Zug U15 Top Mini 23 32 23 55 97 |          
  Zug U17 Elite Novizen 1 0 0 0 0 |          
  Zug II U17 Novizen A 1 2 1 3 2 |          
 2012-2013 Zug U17 Elite Novizen 27 21 17 38 70 | Playoffs 10 8 5 13 10 
  Zug U20 Elite Jr. A 4 1 0 1 2 | Playoffs 2 0 0 0
  Switzerland U16 (all) International-Jr 13 3 4 7 22 |          
 2013-2014 Zug U17 Elite Novizen 4 3 4 7 16 | Playoffs 4 1 3 4 35 
  Zug U20 Elite Jr. A 8 1 1 2 6 | Playoffs 2 0 0 0
  Switzerland U17 (all) International-Jr 7 3 1 4 14 |          
 2014-2015 Zug U20 Elite Jr. A 38 11 10 21 54 | Playoffs 12 1 1 2 20 
  Switzerland U18 Hlinka Memorial 4 0 1 1 38 |          
  Langenthal NLB 0 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 1 0 0 0
  Switzerland U18 WJC-18 7 1 2 3 12 |          
  Switzerland U18 (all) International-Jr 25 3 7 10 68 |          
  Switzerland U19 WJAC-19 4 0 3 3 4 |          
 2015-2016 Kelowna Rockets WHL 61 18 27 45 54 | Playoffs 18 2 6 8 16 
  Switzerland U20 WJC-20 5 1 1 2 2 |          
  Switzerland U20 (all) International-Jr 14 2 2 4 31 |          
 2016-2017 Kelowna Rockets WHL 60 33 37 70 87 | Playoffs 17 8 13 21 24 
  Switzerland U20 WJC-20 4 2 2 4 16 |          
  Switzerland U20 (all) International-Jr 10 3 9 12 20 |          
 2017-2018 Cleveland Monsters AHL 75 11 13 24 40 |          
  Switzerland (all) International 4 0 1 1 0 |          
 2018-2019 Cleveland Monsters AHL - - - - - |          

Highlights