Earlier in SB Nation’s 2016 Mock Draft, we traded away the Arizona Coyotes’ 20th overall pick to move back seven spots and add an extra second round choice. With the 27th pick, the Coyotes address another need in the prospect pool by selecting Boris Katchouk of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.
Boris Katchouk - Left Wing - Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
2015-16 Stats - 63 GP - 24 G, 27 A, 61 PIMs
While the defenseman position has garnered the most attention in the weeks leading up to the NHL Draft, the Coyotes also could stand to add more talent on the left wing. Brendan Perlini is Arizona’s sole high caliber prospect on the left side, with Michael Bunting a little further behind.
Katchouk is the prototypical Dave Tippett forward. He does everything well, if not particularly spectacularly. He has solid offensive instincts and is good at protecting the puck once it is on his stick. Adam Herman over at Blueshirt Banter calls Katchouk "exhausting to watch, and I would think even more exhausting to play against". Case in point:
In his first OHL postseason, Katchouk turned heads in the Greyhounds’ first round upset of the Sarnia Sting. Katchouk had six goals and four assists in twelve playoff games.
Katchouk’s versatility could prove highly useful for the Coyotes. Some NHL comparables include Max Pacioretty if Katchouk’s offensive prowess translates to the NHL, or Viktor Stalberg if he emerges as a depth forward and penalty killer. Arizona would benefit from either scenario, and so Boris Katchouk makes a solid choice for the Coyotes at the end of the first round.