Justin Kirkland

Nashville Predators
Justin Kirkland - Photo Courtesy of WHL.ca

Fantasy Summary

Likely depth player if he gets to the NHL.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 3.5
NHL Certainty 3.5
Country CAN
Position LW
Roster Type Minors
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth August 2, 1996
Height 6‘3”
Weight 183 lbs
Drafted 2014 Round 3; Overall: 162

Observations

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


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2009-2010 Camrose Red Wings Bantam AAA AMBHL 32 5 2 7 42 |          
 2010-2011 Camrose Red Wings Bantam AAA AMBHL 33 18 22 40 46 |          
  Team Northeast Alberta Cup 4 1 3 4 0 |          
 2011-2012 Notre Dame Argos Midget AAA SMHL 43 13 22 35 26 | Playoffs 8 5 4 9
  Kelowna Rockets WHL 6 0 1 1 0 |          
 2012-2013 Notre Dame Argos Midget AAA SMHL 44 25 24 49 42 | Playoffs 3 0 2 2
  Notre Dame Hounds SJHL 1 0 0 0 0 |          
  Kelowna Rockets WHL 6 2 0 2 6 | Playoffs 6 0 1 1
 2013-2014 Kelowna Rockets WHL 68 17 31 48 40 | Playoffs 14 5 5 10 20 
 2014-2015 Kelowna Rockets WHL 50 21 30 51 25 | Playoffs 9 3 2 5
  Kelowna Rockets M-Cup 5 2 3 5 0 |          
 2015-2016 Kelowna Rockets WHL 69 31 36 67 69 | Playoffs 18 11 4 15 15 
 2016-2017 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 56 9 12 21 34 | Playoffs 3 0 2 2
  Cincinnati Cyclones ECHL 4 1 1 2 2 |          
 2017-2018 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 67 7 11 18 19 |          
 2018-2019 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 75 9 21 30 58 | Playoffs 5 1 3 4

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