Intelligent and reliable center who displays solid awareness in all three zones. Needs to continue to hone his offensive game but has potential as a two-way, middle-six pivot at the NHL level.
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July 2022 – Kvochko went undrafted in the 2022 NHL Draft. Nick Richard
October 2021 – Ilya Kvochko had a productive draft-1 year playing for Magnitogorsk of the MHL where he scored nine goals and 19 assists in 48 games. He was rewarded with centering Russia’s top line for the Hlinka Gretzky Cup alongside Russian phenom Matvei Michkov and current MHL scoring leader Alexander Perevalov. Kvochko was a key contributor in the Russian squad winning gold with his six points over five games. Currently, Kvochko is playing for Magnitogorsk of the MHL and has accumulated 16 points in 15 games. He has also been given a couple of opportunities to play in the KHL for Magnitogorsk early on in his draft year.
Kvochko is a smart and reliable center who plays a strong 200-foot game. His game complements his linemates, allowing them to focus on driving offense. He thinks the game really well, often positioning himself in passing lanes, waiting to take advantage of an opponent’s mistake. A smooth skater, Kvochko has strong edgework and generates power through his stride. At 5-9, Kvochko lacks the size that is typically desired from NHL teams, however that has not affected him when engaging in battles for the puck. Kvochko’s game brings physicality and strong puck protection allowing him to take advantage of players who are overly aggressive in trying to take the puck away from him. Offensively, Kvochko has a decent shot which he features on the powerplay. He also uses his vision and ability to scan plays to find the holes in his opponent’s defensive coverages and capitalize on those opportunities. Currently, Kvochko is playing a strong game at the center position but given his size, it is more likely he transfers over to the wing if and when he makes it to the NHL. The next step for Kvochko is to improve his all-around offensive game and become more dynamic with the puck on his stick. As of today, his reliable defensive game and well-rounded skillset outshine his offensive abilities. With plenty of room left to develop, Kvochko could grow into a middle-six center who can contribute on both special teams units at the pro level. Zack Szweras
|2017-2018||Team Urals U14||Districts Cup U14||6||3||2||5||8||||
|2018-2019||Metallurg Magnitogorsk U16||Russia U16||3||1||2||3||2||||
|Team Urals U15||Districts Cup U15||8||4||11||15||8||||
|2019-2020||Metallurg Magnitogorsk U16||Russia U16||22||13||23||36||4||||
|Team Urals U16||Districts Cup U16||8||8||6||14||4||||
|Metallurg Magnitogorsk U17||Russia U17||1||0||1||1||0||||
|Russia U16 (all)||International-Jr||15||8||13||21||4||||