Analysis

What do Boris Katchouk and Taylor Raddysh bring to the Blackhawks

By Pierce Stephenson
Boris Katchouk and Taylor Raddysh playing for Team Canada in 2018
Boris Katchouk and Taylor Raddysh playing for Team Canada in 2018 / Nicholas T. LoVerde/GettyImages
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The two forwards Chicago got back from Tampa Bay as part of trading Brandon Hagel were Boris Katchouk and Taylor Raddysh. It sucks seeing Hagel go, though he gets to go play for a Lightning team that could win a third straight Stanley Cup. From Kyle Davidson's perspective, you get two first rounds picks to help your rebuild, as well as two forwards that could be helpful middle of the lineup contributors.

The thing is, Hagel will probably get third line ice time, limited power play time, and his 22.3 shooting percentage will likely regress a bit because he won't be getting the same role in Tampa as he did in Chicago. Conversely, Katchouk and Raddysh will be getting more ice time in Chicago than they did in Tampa. So what will these two forwards bring to the Blackhawks?

Let's look at Boris Katchouk first. Katchouk was drafted 44th overall in 2016, excelled in the OHL, put up 34 points (11 goals, 23 assists) in 29 AHL games for Syracuse last season, though has just 6 points (2 goals, 4 assists) in 38 games with Tampa this season. As for Taylor Raddysh, Raddysh was drafted 58th overall in 2016, also excelled in the OHL, put up 29 points (12 goals, 17 assists) in 27 AHL games for Syracuse last season, though has just 12 points (5 goals, 7 assists) in 53 games with Tampa.

When you take a look at their advanced stats, they've put up solid defensive results, but have had trouble scoring goals.

Looking at both their junior stats and looking at the micro-stats, it looks like Taylor Raddysh has a bit more upside because of his ability to score goals. He could potentially be a middle six player for the Blackhawks and a power play two option. Boris Katchouk looks to be more of a bottom six guy that can play defense and chip in for the odd goal.

As of writing this, Raddysh has gotten top power play duties in the game against Minnesota and nearly scored.

The nice thing is, both of them are making 750k - $1.5 million combined - for the next three seasons. While one of them might not become as good as Brandon Hagel, combined together, they could bring the same offensive stats for pretty much the same money.

The most fascinating thing about this is the Blackhawks could have an all Erie Otters line of DeBrincat-Strome-Raddysh. The trio put up absurd numbers in the 2016-17 OHL season, winning the OHL championship, and nearly the Memorial Cup. It'd be cool to see it, Derek King.

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