Kole Lind

Vancouver Canucks
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Fantasy Summary

An intelligent, crafty and puck-distributing winger with top-six upside.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 8.0
NHL Certainty 8.0
Country CAN
Position RW
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth October 16, 1998
Height 6‘1”
Weight 185 lbs
Drafted 2017 Round 2; Overall: 33

Observations

March 2019 – After starting his professional career with just two assists in his first 18 games, the 20-year-old winger has three goals and 12 points in his last 25 contests. He’s found his footing after recovering from injury and finding success on an energy line in the bottom six for the Comets. As the team’s top prospect on the wing, many would like to see him deployed in a more offensive role, however, his chemistry with AHL veterans appears to have sparked his play. He’s recently been skating alongside Brendan Gaunce at even-strength. Lind will look to push further up the lineup in 2019-2020 and solidify himself as a legitimate call-up option. Cam Robinson

September 2018 – Lind was reassigned to the Utica Comets earlier this week. The 19-year-old forward had a strong prospect tournament but was outmatched during preseason action. This a point of contention as the rookie pro will need seasoning and he’ll get that on a strong Utica Comets’ team this year. Lind possesses one-shot goal-scoring ability, a knack from finding the soft areas of the ice, and a willingness to mix it up physically. His development has been steady and promising since being selected early in the second round in 2017. He’s an interesting prospect to watch. He can play both wings well and if he can find chemistry next to Elias Pettersson or Bo Horvat longterm, that will greatly help his stock. Cam Robinson

March 2018 – Lind has tied his previous career-high in points with 87 (37+50) in 17 fewer contests. The 19-year-old winger has been exemplary in his play this season, despite battling sickness (mono) and disappointment (being left off Team Canada’s WJC squad). Lind recently signed an entry-level contract with the Canucks and since it occured after the NHL trade deadline, the first year will slide until 2018-19. Due to Lind’s 1998 birthdate, he’ll be eligible to play in the American League next fall and should get a taste of action at the pro level when his season with the Rockets ends. Cam Robinson

January 2018 – Lind has been on fire of late. He’s riding a 15-game point streak to the tune of 10 goals and 28 points. This run has propelled him firmly amongst the top 20 producers in the WHL despite missing time with mononucleosis as well as his stint at Team Canada’s World Junior Selection Camp. The 19-year-old winger boasts the league’s seventh best point-per-game output as his 62 points in 40 games equates to 1.68 points-per-contest. He’s been fast, fiesty and producing during all situations. This final season of junior hockey will surely be a nice launching pad for him as he moves on to the AHL next fall. Cam Robinson

January 2018 – Lind sure didn’t enjoy being cut from Team Canada. Since his return to Kelowna from the national team selection camp, the 19-year-old winger has been on an absolute tear, scoring seven goals and 16 points in seven games to vault him back into the top 20 WHL scorers and position himself as the sixth highest point-per-game producer with 1.70. He’s been held off the scoresheet just four times in 30 contests this season and is looking like a true NHL prospect and one that fantasy owners should be keeping on their radar. Cam Robinson

December 2017 – Lind missed several games with an illness recently that was later deemed to be mononucleosis. What’s impressive is that Lind was clearly playing through the illness for sometime and hadn’t missed a beat. The 19-year-old forward was named to Team Canada’s World Junior training camp today and will push very hard for one of the final forward spots. He will be in tough though as the squad is overly deep on the right-wing with several top-end centres also vying for spots and could be shifted to that position as well. Even if Lind doesn’t crack the squad, he’s improved his stock in both the real-world and fantasy landscape with his tremendous play so far this season. Cam Robinson

November 2017 – Lind is doing everything within his power to force the Team Canada brass to slot him into the lineup for the upcoming World Junior Championships. The Saskatchewan-native currently sits tied for 11th in WHL scoring with 11 goals and 32 points in 20 contests, and was arguably the most impressive player for the WHL team in the most recent CHL-Russia Series where he was named Player of the Game in the first contest where he racked up two goals and an assist. Lind has been electric this season, adding more power and a quicker relase on his shot while cotinuing to see the ice at an elite level. The Canucks grabbed a good one early in the second round last June. Cam Robinson

October 2017 – Lind has continued his dominant start for the Rockets, piling up six goals and 13 points in just five games – good for fourth most in the WHL. The versatile forward is surely hoping to parlay this blistering play into serious consideration for Team Canada’s national squad this holiday season. He’s certainly rewarding the Canucks for selecting him at the top of the second-round and making some teams reconsider passing on him in the first. Cam Robinson

September 2017 – Lind was returned to the Kelowna Rockets last week after getting his feet wet at his first professional training camp. The jack-of-all-trades forward looks even more confident in his third WHL campaign as he currently leads the league in points with eight in just three contests. He was recently named the CHL player of the week. A great start to a big season for the 18-year-old. Cam Robinson

June 2017 – The Canucks selected the playmaking right winger with the 33rd overall selection in the 2017 entry draft. Known for his terrific vision, Lind is a hard-nosed player who battles for position and drives hard into scoring areas. He owns a solid release, which helped him accrue 30 goals in 70 contests for the Kelowna Rockets in 2016-17. While his skating isn’t top-end, he does possess good acceleration and sharp edgework. Cam Robinson

June 2017 – An effective puck-distributor, the Kelowna Rocket has displayed terrific development in his two WHL campaigns. He owns good hockey sense, vision and can surprise with a big hit from time to time despite him not being the biggest player. Adding more strength and improving his defensive zone play will be needed before making the transition to the professional ranks but he is a player with a high offensive ceiling. Cam Robinson


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Swift Current Broncos Bantam AA SBAAHL 24 14 18 32 22 | Playoffs 2 0 1 1
 2012-2013 Swift Current Broncos Bantam AA SBAAHL 20 22 24 46 30 | Playoffs 5 9 2 11
  Swift Current Legionnaires SMHL 4 3 0 3 4 |          
 2013-2014 Team Saskatchewan WCCC-16 4 0 0 0 4 |          
  Saskatoon Contacts SMHL 44 21 16 37 38 | Playoffs 3 0 2 2
 2014-2015 Saskatoon Contacts SMHL 44 45 34 79 54 | Playoffs 5 4 2 6 14 
  Kelowna Rockets WHL 6 0 1 1 4 | Playoffs 7 0 3 3
 2015-2016 Kelowna Rockets WHL 70 14 27 41 54 | Playoffs 16 0 0 0 12 
 2016-2017 Kelowna Rockets WHL 70 30 57 87 79 | Playoffs 17 6 6 12 10 
 2017-2018 Kelowna Rockets WHL 58 39 56 95 65 | Playoffs 4 3 5 8
  Utica Comets AHL 6 0 1 1 2 |          
  WHL All-Stars Canada/Russia Series 2 2 1 3 0 |          
 2018-2019 Utica Comets AHL 51 5 12 17 20 |          

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