2007-08: Kellan Lain skated in 31 games for the Oakville Blades of the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League as an 18-year-old. He scored 9 goals with 13 assists and had 51 penalty minutes. The Blades finished first in the West Division and reached the RBC Cup after winning the provincial championship. Lain scored 11 goals with 4 assists and had 60 penalty minutes in 21 playoff games and was scoreless with 8 penalty minutes in four games at the RBC Cup.
2008-09: Lain provided toughness and secondary scoring for Oakville in his second season with the Blades before suffering a career-threatening injury in March when he was cut on the wrist by a skate blade. He scored 19 goals with 23 assists and had 74 penalty minuets in 47 regular season games. Lain scored 10 goals with 6 assists in 18 playoff games and had 22 penalty minutes before suffering the injury.
2009-10: Lain committed to playing college hockey at Lake Superior State in 2010-11 in October 2009 and returned to Oakville in mid-season after recovering from his wrist injury. In 16 regular season games for he scored 8 goals with 9 assists and had 16 penalty minutes. The Blades captured the OJHL playoff championship and Lain scored scored 5 goals with 17 assists and 22 penalty minutes in 17 playoff games. Oakville captured the Dudley Hewitt Cup to reach the RBC Cup and in eight Cup games Lain scored 1 goal with 4 assists and 16 penalty minutes.
2010-11: Lain played in 38 games for Lake Superior State as a freshman. Playing both center and wing for the Lakers, he scored 4 goals with 4 assists and was -11 with 40 penalty minutes. Lake Superior State finished eighth in the CCHA and lost to Notre Dame in a three game quarterfinal series after sweeping Ohio State in the first round.
2011-12: Lain provided secondary scoring and led Lake Superior State in penalty minutes in his sophomore season. Once again alternating between center and wing, he scored 9 goals with 6 assists and was -4 with 59 penalty minutes. Five of his nine goals came on the Lakers' power play. Lake Superior State finished seventh in the CCHA; sweeping Alaska in the first round before losing back-to-back games to Western Michigan in the quarterfinals.
2012-13: Lain concluded his college career following his junior season at Lake Superior State, graduating a year early and signing a one-year free agent contract with Vancouver in March 2013. He played 13 games with the Canucks' AHL affiliate in Chicago and was -3 with no points and 6 penalty minutes. The Wolves were fourth in the Midwest Division and missed the AHL playoffs. Lein scored 8 goals with 8 assists in 32 games and led the Lakers with 111 penalty minutes; missing six games in late Oct./early Nov. due to a groin injury. He also missed the Feb. 2 game at Bowling Green due to a game disqualification for hitting from behind in the previous night’s game against the Falcons. The Lakers finished eighth in the final season of the CCHA and lost to Bowling Green in a first round playoff series after winning the first game. Lain was re-signed by Vancouver as a restricted free agent to a two-year contract in July of 2013.
At 6’6”, Lain obviously has size. And he has used his size; strength and long reach very effectively in protecting the puck, stripping pucks from opponents and creating space for his teammates. One area where Lain really excelled this season was on face-offs, where he won 313 of the draws that he took. Lain is also a tough body to move, whether standing in front of the net or along the walls. He has great net-front presence and many of his goals this season have come on rebounds and tip-ins. He has shown a willingness to pay a price in front of the net too. Lain is a tough competitor that brings a physical element to his game. He can deliver some bone-jarring hits and is strong on the forecheck.
The greatest improvement in Lain’s development has been in his skating. His strides are now smoother and more powerful. He has added speed and is more agile on his skates. In addition, his feet have vastly improved as well. Lain does an excellent job of following and staying with plays, which has been further enhanced by his great stick work. He is defensively responsible, does a good job of killing penalties and is willing to block shots. While Lain saw time on Lake Superior State’s penalty killing unit this season, where he was even more dangerous was on the Lakers power play. Five of Lain’s eight goals have come on the man-advantage. Lain possesses hard, powerful shot and can get pucks to the net.
Lain will likely acclimatize himself to pro hockey playing with the Kalamazoo Wings, though joining the Utica Comets roster is also a possibility. He has shown a propensity to use his imposing 6'6 frame to his advantage in the faceoff circle, as well as for creating screens and protecting the puck in the corners. He will need a strong pro showing early to be considered NHL call-up bait.