Tim Kennedy

Hometown:

Buffalo New York

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1986-04-30

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2004

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2005

Height:

5-10

Acquired:

Trade with Washington, 2005

Weight:

176 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • B

History

2004-05: Tim Kennedy was a key factor in Sioux City’s quest for the Clark Cup this season. He co-led the Musketeers and finished tied for sixth in the league in scoring with 61 points (30 goals, 31 assists). His 30 goals and seven game-winning goals were both tied for first in the league. While Kennedy was very good throughout the season, he was even better in post-season play. He led the league in scoring in the Clark Cup playoffs with 17 points (6 goals, 11 assists). Kennedy earned Player of the Week honors for the week ending April 6th after posting five points, including a hat trick versus Sioux Falls. His stellar season earned him a spot on the All-USHL Second Team. Kennedy, a Michigan State University recruit, was also a member of Team USHL in the 2005 USHL Prospects/All-Star game. At the team’s season-ending awards, Kennedy took home the team’s Most Valuable Player award.

181st overall in 2005 by Washington, immediately traded to Buffalo.

A hand injury derailed him in his first season as a Spartan. 

2006-07: Kennedy’s sophomore season with MSU (CCHA) was his best so far, a 42 game campaign that resulted in 18 goals and 43 points (led team). MSU took the NCAA title against Boston College this season, thanks in part to Kennedy’s game-tying goal and assist on the winner. He was named to the ALL-Tournament Team at the Midwest Regional and the Frozen Four.

2007-08: The wingers third, and what would be his final, season with Michigan State University (CCHA) was one of his best to date. In 42 games with the Spartans, he scored a career-high 20 goals and 43 points (led team), while racking up 50 penalty minutes. He was nominated to the CCHA All-Star second team.

2008-09: Kennedy spent the season with Portland (AHL), scoring 18 goals and 67 points in 73 games. He scored his first goal, along with two assists, in his first professional game, a 6-3 win, over the Manchester Monarchs. He also saw his first bit of NHL ice-time, appearing in one game with Buffalo.

Talent Analysis

Kennedy previously projected as a quality defensive forward, and he has continued to develop at Michigan State.  His defensive zone play and willingness to take the body have remained strengths, and he showed good leadership ability with his college team.  Though not a pure scorer, he is an opportunistic and smart offensive player, with good fundamentals. 

Future

Has earned a roster spot with the Sabres in 2009-10.