Jakub Kindl is another product of the relationship that the Kitchener Rangers have with Jiri Crha. Kindl arrived in the OHL with a lot of hype. His transition to the North American game was a bit rough.
Kindl was chosen in the first round, 19th overall, of the 2005 NHL Draft by the Detroit Red Wings.
2007-08: In his second season after the OHL-AHL jump, Kindl appeared in a season-high 75 games with the Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL). He ended the season with 17 points (3g+14a) and 82 PIM.
2008-09: Scored 6 goals, 27 assists for 33 points in 78 AHL games with Grand Rapids. Kindl was named to the AHL All-Star game.
2009-10: In 73 games with Grand Rapids, Kindl scored 3 goals and 30 assists for 33 points. He played in 3 NHL games with the Red Wings but did not score.
Kindl has all the tools needed to be a professional player. He has good size, skates well and can handle the puck. The rougher North American game has been an adjustment for him, but he can take and give a hit and has dropped the gloves and has shown that he can throw a pretty decent left. Defensively the more aggressive forechecking schemes used by OHL teams seemed to baffle him at times but he had adjusted to that over the course of the season. His positioning when away from the puck does sometimes lapse. Offensively, Kindl will need another year to show what he can do; power play time was rare on a Ranger team that often used four forwards on the power play. The smaller rinks and the red line pass were areas that he needed time to adjust to as well.
Kindl was dealt by the Detroit Red Wings to the Florida Panthers in exchange for a sixth round pick.