Born in Vancouver, Katchouk played his minor hockey in the Kitchener-Waterloo area of Ontario for the Waterloo Wolves. He was a second round pick of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, starting his time in that organization with the Soo Thunderbirds before making the jump to the OHL. He had 2 assists in 12 games as a rookie. In 2015-2016, Katchouk played big minutes in all game situations for Wayne Gretzky's former OHL team.
"Can play left or right side. High compete level with skill and hockey sense, so Boris is what you might call a power forward and plays a real hard, gritty game, but has the hockey sense and skill to complement skill players." - Lightning Director of Amateur Scouting Al Murray
"Katchouk was selected in the second round in the OHL Draft by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Part of Katchouk's OHL Draft decline came from his four goals in 14 playoff/OHL Cup games after posting nearly a goal per game during the season. Katchouk posted big numbers in the NOJHL for the SOO Thunderbirds last season.
"Katchouk played a huge role for the Greyhounds this season. His contributions progressed from a third line role to playing top minutes in all situations.In the playoff series against Sarnia, he was the most tenacious forechecker on either team. He competes very hard for the puck and has a great frame and strength to win battles. His body positioning down low is excellent which also helps him. This work ethic extends to the defensive side of the game as he competes very hard in his own zone, blocks shots and will win battles defensively. Katchouk has deceptive skating where he can look a little sluggish, but then turn it on and has burned defenders who are not prepared for it. Offensively he has a dangerous shot which is both powerful and accurate. He has the ability to protect and drive the net and the ability to finish. He also possesses the hands to make a move on the defender and walk in alone. His offensive zone positioning is excellent, he knows where to go and it has opened him up for scoring chances. Katchouk has offensive upside and his gritty style of play gives him more value than other prospects. As long as he continues to put the work in, Katchouk is up with safest prospects you'll find outside of the top 10 in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. He projects as a multi-faceted winger who can grind it out, kill penalties, but possesses the offense to put points on the board." -- HockeyProspect.com's Black Book
"I love his upside, he's a first round talent. One of my favourite prospects this year. His combination of hockey sense, compete and skill is very exciting for the NHL level." – HP Scout Ryan Yessie
“He didn’t play many games in the OHL last season and I didn’t see him much in AAA, but right from when I saw him in the Soo’s third game this season versus Guelph, he put himself on my radar. I ended up seeing him a lot and by the time December rolled around, I was sold on him as a high pick. Numerous late viewings did nothing but help his stock. He was outstanding in the Sarnia series. He can play on my team anytime.” – HP Scout Mark Edwards
"Rugged winger makes an impact every shift by playing his gritty, straight-line game, and shows some surprising offensive flair. Goes hard to the net with his stick on the ice and flashes some underrated finishing skills with a sneaky quick release and accuracy to match. Can beat goaltenders from the tops of the circles or fight it out for rebound goals in the dirty areas. Good skater with fine speed and quickness. Uses a low centre of gravity to maintain control as he crashes and bangs out front. Plays hard to the whistle. Fearless agitator is in the middle of every scrum. Creates mayhem in corners and around the paint and drives opponents crazy with his abrasive style. Not the most instinctive player, but is absolutely relentless in puck pursuit and has short-area burst to get to loose pucks."
Projection: 3rd line character guy you win titles with.
Style compares to: Andrew Shaw
-- Red Line Report
"Katchouk showed notable improvements in his game this season, even in terms of his month to month play. Katchouk is a player who bleeds intangibles. He is an intense competitor who brings it every shift, and walks the line between 'physical' and 'agitator. He's not all hits and fists, as Katchouk is a decent skater, with above-average vision, shooting touch and a decent-sized frame. As the season went on, he showed more confidence and creativity with the puck. He shows good strength for a player his age, and gets to the tough areas of the ice pretty effectively. Surprisingly -- given his tools and playing style -- he was not relied upon too much to kill penalties this season, but one expects he will do so as he transitions into the pro ranks." -- Corey Pronman, ESPN
Ranked #22 by Hockeyprospect.com
Ranked #27 by ISS Hockey
Ranked #31 by Future Considerations
Ranked #32 by McKeen's Hockey
Ranked #25 by NHL Central Scouting (NA Skaters)
Ranked #29 by TSN/McKenzie
Is a very industrious winger with sound work ethic and a versatile game. Can be used on a shutdown or energy line. Also has pretty good hands. Can be a physical presence and even drop the gloves if need be. Developing skills.
Doesn't have elite skating ability, which may hold him back at the highest level. Needs to add more bulk to his frame and get physically stronger in order to be able to play his hard-edged style in the NHL.
Versatile, physical, complementary winger with some upside.
|2013-2014||Waterloo Wolves Minor Midget AAA||AHMMPL||29||25||33||58||35|||||Playoffs||10||3||9||12||8|
|Waterloo Wolves Minor Midget AAA||OHL Cup||4||1||2||3||2||||
|Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds||OHL||12||0||2||2||17||||
|Soo Thunderbirds||Dudley Hewitt Cup||4||3||3||6||6||||
|Soo Thunderbirds||RBC Cup||4||0||2||2||0||||
|2015-2016||Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds||OHL||63||24||27||51||61|||||Playoffs||12||6||4||10||4|
|2016-2017||Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds||OHL||66||35||29||64||46|||||Playoffs||11||8||5||13||12|
|OHL All-Stars||Jr Super Series||1||1||0||1||0||||
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