Maxim Cajkovic – Elite Prospects, 2018
Maxim Čajkovič was selected number one overall in the 2018 Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Import Draft by the Saint Johns Sea Dogs in the Quebec Major Junior League. The Forward (2001 birth year) hails from Bratislava, Slovakia and plays for the Malmo Redhawks in the Swedish J20 SuperElit League, where he produced 21 points (10 goals and 11 assists) in 28 games with the team last season. He also split time with the J18 squad where he recorded 17 points (14 goals and 3 assists) in just 10 games. Čajkovič was a member of the U18 IIHF Slovakian team and helped his nation to a quarterfinal bid in the U18 World Championships. In his 5 World Championship games, he logged 4 goals and 7 assists.
At 5’11 and 185 pounds, Čajkovič uses his size well in and around the net. He often plays on the first power play unit and has put up good numbers in man-advantage situations. He scores a lot of second-chance goals on the doorstep, and if he continues to improve his stick handling, he could put up even more numbers in even-strength situations.
At 16, he is in line for another growth spurt, and the added size combined with technical ability could make him closer in comparison to another big-bodied European scorer, Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Maxim’s size and offensive potential could help him excel in the QMJHL, while keeping up with the demands of both skill and physicality that Major Junior hockey is known for. Cajkovic will be eligible for the 2019 NHL draft and is currently projected to go in the top 30.
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