One player Seattle Kraken fans should keep an eye on this season is RW Kole Lind.
One of the biggest rivalries this upcoming season is going to be the Seattle Kraken and Vancouver Canucks. While it’s largely based on geography, there is another reason why fans will pay attention to this rivalry. At the NHL Expansion Draft, the Kraken took prospect Kole Lind from the Canucks. Lind played in seven games with Vancouver last season and is only 22 years old. Here is what fans can expect from the youngster as he looks for a full-time spot with Seattle.
Why Did the Seattle Kraken Take Lind?
When the Canucks drafted Lind in 2017, it was for his ability to create plays on offense. In 204 career games with the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL, he scored 83 goals and 224 points. This includes the 95 points he had in 58 games during the 2017-18 season with Kelowna. So, at least in junior hockey, Lind could score and make plays offensively. Whether he can do that at the highest level is yet to be seen.
Lind is looking to move up to a full-time NHL role. In the last four seasons, he’s played 126 games with the Utica Comets of the AHL. In 2020-21, he appeared in eight games with the Canucks, going scoreless in each game. Now, with a new team, there is quite a bit of optimism that the Emerald City is where the youngster can finally put it together and be a regular in the NHL.
What Will Lind’s Role be This Season?
It’s too early to tell at this point. With Kraken training camp starting on September 23rd, we should have a greater idea of what to expect then. But, with the team already looking solid up front (Eberle, Schwartz, Gourde, etc), Lind is most likely going to be starting as a bottom-six forward or in the AHL.
Which is not bad at all! With how GM Ron Francis is building the Kraken, there are quite a few young players in the system that he can be patient with. Lind is one of those players and he could be getting a ton of preseason work to show the team how good he is. I am rooting for him to score against the Canucks this season as that could be the type of “revenge goal” he needs to get his NHL career kickstarted.
Lind is still just 22; this upcoming season is not going to be a make-or-break year for him, especially considering this is only the first season for the Seattle Kraken. But if he scores 50 points in the AHL this year and takes part in close to 20 NHL games, I’ll mark this season as a successful one for him. With plenty at stake, you won’t want to forget the name Kole Lind.