Yesterday, the Flames made the announcement that they have signed WHL player, Morgan Klimchuk, to a three-year, entry-level contract. The contract is worth $925, 000 annually.
Klimchuk has scored 12 goals and 17 assists so far this season with the Regina Pats and has earned himself 29 points in 26 games. At 18 years old, he’s a 6-foot, 182lb left-handed centerman who is well-spoken, mature, and seems willing to grow as a hockey player. He seems eager and focused on doing his best every night for the teams he plays for. He was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, but was raised in Calgary, Alberta.
I’ve seen Klimchuk play in the WHL for the Pats and he’s definitely a skilled, stand-out player with natural talent. His skating ability keeps getting better as each season passes and he plays a good two-way game. He’s still dealing with an injury right now, but expects to be back in the line-up after the Christmas break. With a little more work, I believe Klimchuk will be ready for NHL calibre hockey in the next couple seasons. In many ways, he is comparable to Sean Monahan.
During his first year in the WHL, Klimchuk helped the Pats get to playoffs for the first time in three years. In 2013, he received gold at the IIHF World U18 Championship with Team Canada.
Here is the an interview with Morgan Klimchuk on Flames TV where he reveals his own thoughts about being signed to the Calgary Flames.