Kellan Lain
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Kellan Lain

Hometown:

Oakville Ontario

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1989-08-11

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2007

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

Height:

6-6

Acquired:

Trade with Vancouver, 2014

Weight:

220 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • D

History

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.

2013-14: Lain made his NHL debut with the Canucks on January 18th in a game against Calgary — skating in nine games with Vancouver during a mid-season call-up — and led AHL affiliate Utica with 129 penalty minutes in his first pro season. Lain scored his only NHL goal in his second game and finished +1 with 21 penalty minutes, averaging five minutes of ice time per game with the Canucks. He scored 7 goals with 12 assists and was +4 in 63 regular season games for the Comets. Utica finished third in the North Division but missed the AHL playoffs. 

Talent Analysis

Lain is a huge player who uses his size; strength and long reach very effectively in protecting the puck, stripping pucks from opponents and creating space for his teammates. He is very good on face-offs and is a tough body to move, whether standing in front of the net or along the walls. Lain is not a polished offensive player but has great net-front presence and scores most of his goals on rebounds and tip-ins. 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. Lain's skating is much-improved from his college days and his strides are smoother and more powerful. He has added speed and is more agile on his skates. He is defensively responsible, does a good job of killing penalties and is willing to block shots. Lain possesses a hard, powerful shot and can get pucks to the net.

Future

Lain attended his second training camp with Vancouver before being assigned to AHL affiliate Utica prior to the start of the 2014-15 season. He skated in 10 games with the Comets before being dealt by the Vancouver Canucks to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Will Acton in November 2014. Lain earned praise from the coaches and teammates with Oilers AHL affiliate Oklahoma City for his all-around play and physical toughness before suffering a season-ending injury in December 2014. In terms of long-term potential, Lain doesn't have much offensive upside but his physical edge and toughness could fill a need for an Edmonton organization stocked with high-end offensive forward talent.

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