Likely depth player if he gets to the NHL.
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July 2022 – Kirkland signed a one year, two way contract with the Anaheim Ducks. He found his offensive game this past season as he scored 25 goals, more than his last three seasons combined. Although he has not been able to crack an NHL roster as of yet, perhaps this is the year that he gets that opportunity if he continues to display offensive prowess. Chris Fekete
May 2022 – Kirkland is an older prospects at 25 (turning 26 in August) and although he is coming off his best AHL season to date with Stockton, 25 goals plus 23 assists in 66 games, he is likely to be more of an AHL player or play overseas. If he does make it to the NHL, his role would be of that of a bottom-line player but it is more likely he stays in the AHL or heads overseas. Chris Fekete
Oct 2020 – The former third-round pick of NJ fit in quite well with the blend of forwards in Stockton this season. He ended up providing quality minutes and providing that grinding role that was much needed. New one-year, two-way deal for him. Joel Henderson
July 2019 – Kirkland has signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Flames. Jokke Nevalainen
June 2019 – Kirkland did not get a qualifying offer from the Predators which means he becomes an unrestricted free agent. Jokke Nevalainen
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