Kale Kessy
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Kale Kessy

Hometown:

Shaunavon Saskatoon

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-01-28

Position:

LW

Eligible for draft:

2009

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2011

Height:

6-2

Acquired:

4th round (111th overall), 2011

Weight:

185 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

2008-09: Kale Kessy saw limited ice time in nine games with the WHL’s Medicine Hat Tigers; skating in 33 games for Medicine Hat’s Midget AAA team. He was scoreless and -1 with 2 PMs in his brief WHL stint. Kessy scored 17 goals with 12 assists and had 42 PMs at the midget level.

2009-10: Kessy led the WHL’s Medicine Hat Tigers in penalty minutes as a 17-year-old in his first full season. Kessy had 123 PMs in 70 games and scored 11 goals with 18 assists with a +12 plus/minus. Medicine Hat finished third in its division and reached the second round of the playoffs. Kessy scored 1 goal with 3 assists and was +4 with 10 PMs in 12 playoff games.

2010-11: Kessy skated in 65 of 72 games for Medicine Hat in his second season – missing time early in the season due to injury and missing three games for suspensions in two separate incidents. Offensively, his production was inconsistent – he finished with 10 goals and 14 assists – but he provided hard, physical play for the Tigers, using his size to advantage. Kessy was second on the team with 129 PMs and was +5 with three power play goals. Medicine Hat reached the WHL semifinals after finishing second in the Central Division. In 14 playoff games Kessy scored 3 goals with 3 assists and was +5 with 37 PMs. Not among the 210 North American skaters in Central Scouting’s final rankings, Kessy was selected by the Coyotes in the fourth round (111th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

2011-12: Kessy played in 49 games for Medicine Hat – drawing three suspensions during the year and leading the Tigers in penalty minutes (151).  On a team with two of the top offensive prospects in the WHL, Emerson Etem  (ANA) and 2013 draft eligible Hunter Shinkaruk, Kessy scored 4 goals with 12 assists and was plus-two. The Tigers reached the second round of the playoffs after finishing third in the Central Division. Kessy played in 2 of 8 playoff games; finishing with 1 assist and 2 penalty minutes.

2012-13: Kessy skated for three different teams in his fourth WHL season. He played two games with Medicine Hat, scoring a pair of goals and receiving a 12-game suspension for an illegal hit. Kessy was traded to the Vancouver Giants in October while serving his suspension and played 27 games before Vancouver traded Kessy to Kamloops at the trade deadline. He played 60 regular season games between the three teams, scoring 21 goals with 22 assists, and was +8 with 106 penalty minutes. Kessy led Kamloops in the playoffs with 11 goals and had 3 assists; finishing -1 with 21 penalty minutes in 15 playoff games. Five of his 11 goals were scored on the Blazers power play. The Oilers acquired the rights to Kessy in exchange for forward Tobias Rieder in a March trade and signed Kessy to a three-year entry-level contract in April, 2013.

2013-14: Kessy saw limited ice time — mostly in an energy/enforcer role — with Edmonton AHL affiliate Oklahoma City and was briefly with the ECHL’s Bakersfield Condors in his first pro season. He scored 2 goals with 4 assists and was -12 with 88 penalty minutes in 54 AHL regular season games. The Barons finished third in the West Division and were swept by eventual Calder Cup champion Texas in a best-of-five first round playoff series. Kessy did not appear in any playoff games. In three games with Bakersfield he scored 1 goal and was -1 with no penalties.

Talent Analysis

Kessy is a tall, rangy winger and a highly aggressive player who will hit and challenge anyone. He does not possess a great deal of offensive ability but is an energetic player who will not shy away from a fisticuffs. His skating and stick handling skills seemed improved in his second training camp with the Oilers in 2015 but his role has remained that of an energy player and enforcer to this point.

Future

Kessy attended his second NHL training camp with Edmonton before being assigned to AHL affiliate Oklahoma City at the start of the 2014-15 season. Much-improved in his second season, Kessy played a variety of roles for the Barons before suffering a knee injury in December 2014 that required surgery; keeping him out of he lineup for most of the regular season. Kessy projects to being a grinder who provides a spark through his physical play and willingness to drop the gloves.

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