Ivan Chekhovich

San Jose Sharks
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Fantasy Summary

Goal scoring winger, his ability to work the angles and shoot the puck is his biggest strength.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.0
NHL Certainty 3.0
Country RUS
Position LW
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth January 4, 1999
Height 5‘10”
Weight 176 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 7; Overall: 212

Observations

December 2018 – Chekhovich will join the Russian team for this upcoming World Junior Championship in
Vancouver. Chekhovich, along with the other Russian players playing in North America, will join the
team when it makes its way to Canadian soil later this month. his 25 goals lead the QMJHL and
his 48 points are good for fourth in the league. The Russians are an unpredictable group, so it’s tough to
project where he will line up. He certainly has a chance to play in their top six. Chris Legg

 

November 2018 – Chekhovich is doing his part to prove that his pre-season performance with the Sharks was not just a flash in the pan. Checkhovich is currently leading the QMJHL in goals with 22 and sits fourth in points with 44 in just 27 games played. The knock on Chekhovich has been his work ethic, but he has shown he can produce consistently this season. The one caveat I will add is that Chekhovich’s age related to his production is a bit of a concern. Chekhovich turns 20 in January, historically 20 year olds that produce in the QMJHL haven’t found great success in the NHL. However Chekhovich is doing all that can be asked of him this season and should be moved up in prospect rankings accordingly. Chris Legg

 

September 2018 – Ivan Chekhovich has been returned to the QMJHL from the San Jose Sharks training camp roster. This comes despite what can only be described as an outstanding performance by Chekhovich, throughout both the Sharks rookie tournament and main camp. Notably, Chekhovich posted three points against the Ducks in his one and only pre-season game with the Sharks. Clearly, the Sharks are thinking long-term with Chekhovich and with no space for him at the top of the line-up, another year of development in junior is the best path for him. Expect big numbers in the QMJHL this season and another run at an NHL roster spot next fall. Chris Legg

August 2018 – Checkhovich had a season that might leave some wondering whether he’s a first line talent or a bust, which seems to be par for the course for the Russian forward. First, the bad, Checkhovich seemed to stagnate a bit for the QMJHL’s Baie-Comeau Drakkar. His points-per-game average dropped from 0.98 in his draft year, to 0.92 in his draft plus one season. This is especially concerning given fellow top players for the Drakkar, Joly and Martel, both saw a dramatic uptick in production. Then the good, following the Drakkar’s QMJHL playoff exit, Checkhovich joined the AHL’s San Jose Barracuda. Checkhovich then exploded for nine points in six games and was a major factor in the Barracuda’s push for a playoff spot. Granted, this is a small sample size so care should be taken not to put too much stock in this AHL run. In the end I feel the Sharks are no closer to knowing what they have in Checkhovich than they were when they drafted him in 2017. There has been no indication yet that Checkhovich will turn pro this season, if he does return to the Drakkar, Checkhovich will need a big year to silence the doubters. Chris Legg

January 2018 – The third overall pick in the 2016 CHL Import draft, taken before names like Nich Hischier, Filip Zadina and Aleksi Heponiemi the fall for Ivan Chekhovic was a mighty one in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Every outlet predicted Chekhovich to go somewhere between rounds two and four. Falling to the Sharks at 212, with just a handful of picks left in the draft is a zero risk, high-reward selection for the skilled winger.

Chekhovich was one of the better draft eligible skaters with Baie-Comeau Drakkar but concerns about his off-puck play and a compete level that is best described as inconsistent kept him out of top consideration, despite a willingness to be in the gritty areas of the ice and knock in rebound goals. He has good acceleration, is a dangerous puck distributor with strong hockey sense and vision on the ice. Either way, the skill set alone should have seen the small Russian stay firmly in the top half of the draft.

He was nearly a point-per-game skater in his draft year and so far in the 2017-18 campaign is far off the pace at just 12 goals and 13 assists through 38 contests. Zachary DeVine


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Dynamo Moskva U16 Russia U16 36 19 23 42 8 |          
  Dynamo Moskva U16 Russia U16 Finals 6 3 1 4 2 |          
  Russia U16 (all) International-Jr 3 1 1 2 2 |          
 2015-2016 Dynamo Moskva U17 Russia U17 31 15 9 24 8 |          
  MHK Dynamo Moskva MHL 19 3 4 7 4 |          
  Russia U17 WHC-17 6 4 3 7 2 |          
  Russia U18 WJC-18 5 0 1 1 2 |          
 2016-2017 Russia U18 Hlinka Gretzky Cup 5 2 2 4 2 |          
  Baie-Comeau Drakkar QMJHL 60 26 33 59 14 | Playoffs 4 1 2 3
  Russia U18 |WJAC-19| WJAC-19 4 3 6 9 2 |          
  Russia U18 WJC-18 7 5 4 9 4 |          
 2017-2018 Baie-Comeau Drakkar QMJHL 65 29 31 60 28 | Playoffs 5 3 1 4
  San Jose Barracuda AHL 6 3 6 9 6 | Playoffs 4 0 2 2
 2018-2019 Baie-Comeau Drakkar QMJHL 32 29 25 54 26 |          
  Russian Selects U20 Jr Super Series 2 1 1 2 2 |          
  Russia U20 WJC-20 - - - - - |          

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