Korchinski is ready to meet the high expectations of the Blackhawks

Korchinski is ready to meet the high expectations of the Blackhawks

Chicago Kevin Korchinsky knows that expectations are high.

The 18-year-old defensive man was picked by the Chicago Blackhawks for seventh overall in the last draft, which already comes with a lot of pressure. But there’s also the fact that the choice he used to get his hands on Korchynsky was also part of the comeback in the striker’s deal. Alex DeBrinkatwho scored 41 goals last season, at the Ottawa Senators on July 7.

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“Obviously there’s a bit more pressure, but on my part, I’m focused on myself and want to get better every day,” Korchinsky said at development camp in Chicago on July 11. “I know what kind of hockey player I am confident in my abilities. For me, the important thing is to get the most out of every day and reach the level I want to be at.”

Korczynski (6ft-1, 185lbs) is coming off a great season with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League (WHL), racking up 65 points (four goals, 61 assists) in 67 regular season games plus 19 points (six goals). , 13 assists) in 25 playoffs, as Seattle lost to the Edmonton Oil Kings in six games of the WHL Finals.

“He had a good camp here,” said coach Luke Richardson, who was hired on June 27. “He is a player who moves the disc well, closes the space between him and the attackers and uses his stick well.

“I don’t compare players, but if he can imitate [l’ancien défenseur des Blackhawks] Duncan Keith, bringing his game to the same level and watching his shots will help him a lot, because he will be a player who can move the disc and contribute to the attack. He is a good skater and uses his stick well. »

Korchynsky decided to take inspiration from the defense of Vegas Golden Knights Shea Theodore To shape his playing style. The two also developed with Seattle’s WHL.

Korchynsky stated “Obviously the offensive side is important to me. He played with Thunderbirds and ‘OD'” [Matt O’Dette]Our coach drove it in Seattle. So I have to develop similar points to him. The things Shea had to work on when he was my age, and that’s what I’m doing now. I want to improve my defensive performance and level it up a little bit, which means being one of the best defenders in the league on both sides of the ice. »

Korchynsky says he’s confident he can meet expectations, and the Black Hawks believe him, too.

“What we noticed about Kevin is how well he moves on the ice,” said Assistant General Manager Development Mark Eaton. “He’s a big guy. When you look at him outside the rink, you see all the potential he has in terms of gaining weight, getting stronger and more massive. He makes us happy.”

“We loved seeing how he actually skates and controls the disc with his head, playing on the ice, doing speeds, excellent execution speed, and a good analysis of what is going on.”

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