Justin Kirkland

by tylerhalsey on January 3, 2018


Justin Kirkland, LW/RW

Shoots: R

Height: 6-3

Weight: 190

Born: 1996-08-02

Hometown: Camrose, AB, CAN

Drafted: 2014 by Nashville Predators, 62nd overall



January 2018 – After a strong finish to the 2016/2017 season, Justin Kirkland has been unable to find his game this season. The former Kelowna Rockets sniper has yet to score and has six points with the Milwaukee Admirals. Listed as both left and right wing, Kirkland has found himself centering the Admirals fourth line for the majority of the season. Kirkland has the frame to be a prototypical power forward in the NHL. He is a good skater and is a force in front of the net and in the corners. His puck skills are still developing, and he will continue to develop these skills with Milwaukee.  Tyler Halsey


February 2017 – Justin Kirkland had 0.85 points per game in the WHL, over the span of three seasons. He is playing his first season with the Milwaukee Admirals. Kirkland's scoring has seen a small dip, twelve points in 40 games, with the Admirals this season. The first point with the Admirals didn’t come easy for Kirkland, but when he scored that goal, you can see the relief in him and how happy his teammates were for him.

The 20-years old Camrose native has a big frame to build around his game as a more physical winger. He would compliment the smaller skill forwards, in the Nashville pipeline. The dual eligible center-winger has been up and down the lines, in different roles, but continues to look more comfortable as he continues to transition his game to the next level. Niko Salminen


June 2014 – The Nashville Predators selected Justin Kirkland 62nd overall at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Brendan Ross


June 2014 – In his first full WHL season with the Kelowna Rockets, Justin Kirkland posted great rookie numbers finding the back of the 17 times and tallying 48 points along the way. Kirkland is an intelligent north-south winger who has shown promising progression. His defensive awareness is good making him a worthy second round investment for a team looking for a potential high reward power forward. Brendan Ross




Fantasy Outlook: C

A physical forward who can play center and wing, Kirkland could be a valuable asset if he can improve his puck skills. As of now, he projects to be a bottom-six forward with some offensive upside.



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