Kevin Korchinski's Inevitable Rise to Becoming the Blackhawks' Power Play Quarterback

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When Blackhawk fans first heard Kyle Davidson say Chicago was selecting Kevin Korchinski at #7 overall, I could hear the audible gasp across the lands. This wasn't a dynamic forward, two way center, or one of these quick to the NHL prospects. This was a different direction taken than in years past, certainly different than what the previous general manager would have done.

Korchinski is a projectable offensive defensiveman with true elite power play quarterback skill. There is no coincidence that the Seattle Thunderbirds have 7 high scoring forwards. Currently on a pace to have 71 assists in just 55 games, Korchinskis' game is all about hitting his teammates in stride in areas where they can propel towards a scoring opportunity.

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Becoming the Blackhawks' Power Play QB will not come overnight though.  Still just 18, Korchinski can not play in Rockford until he is 20 years old.  That means that he will likely be playing in Seattle next season as well.  The WHL is a competitive and hard nosed (of the CHL 3) league where he should gain weight and experience.  After that, I fully expect at the minimum a 1/2 season to (likely) full season playing as the Icehogs top power play Dman.

Listed between 6'1 - 6'2.5 depending on where you look, Kevin Korchinski has projectable size, elite skating traits, and a high IQ passing repertoire. The left shot defensiveman is still 2.5 years away from becoming a Blackhawk, but his potential is sky high moving forward. 

At the time of this article, the Seattle Thunderbirds have the best record in the WHL.