Kole Lind

by Cam Robinson on December 6, 2017

 

Kole Lind, RW

Shoots: R

Height: 6-1

Weight: 185

Born: 1998-10-16

Hometown: Shaunavon, SK, CAN

Drafted: 2nd round 2017 33rd overall VAN

 

 

 

 

 

Observations:

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

 

Fantasy Outlook: B+

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

 

Footage:

Kelowna Rockets' Kole Lind.

 

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