Shaunavon’s Kole Lind has an NHL entry-level contract in his backpocket.
On Thursday, the Vancouver Canucks announced they had signed the 19 year old Kelowna Rockets to a three-year deal
Lind, who was selected by the Canucks in the second round, 33rd overall, of the 2017 NHL Draft, is having a career year with 85 points (35G-50A) in 51 games. He needs just two more points to equal his career-high of 87 points set last year in 70 games.
“Kole has had an outstanding season in Kelowna despite missing games due to illness and injury,” Vancouver Canucks general manager Jim Benning said in a release issued by the team. “We’ve been impressed not only with his high-end offensive skill but also in the way he battles, sees the ice and makes plays in the defensive end. We’re excited for him to continue his development and provide further forward depth for our organization.”
The 6-foot-1, 173-pound Lind was originally selected in the fourth round, 87th overall, by the Rockets in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. Since then, he’s appeared in 197 WHL regular season games, registering 214 points (79G-135A) including 19 power-play goals, two short-handed goals and 16 game-winning goals.