Kevin Lind
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Kevin Lind

Hometown:

Homer Glen Illinois

Currently Playing In:

NCAA

Birthday:

1992-03-31

Position:

D

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Left

Drafted:

2010

Height:

6-3

Acquired:

6th round (177th overall), 2010

Weight:

223 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2009: Kevin Lind played in the Ivan Hlinka Tournament for the US.

2009-10: Lind played for the USHL Chicago Steel where he posted 6 goals and 10 assists in 55 games. He also posted 76 PIM. Was drafted in the sixth round by the Anaheim Ducks.

2010-11: Lind skated in 32 of 44 games for Notre Dame and was one of nine freshman to see significant ice-time. as the Fighting Irish finished second in the CCHA and advanced to the Frozen Four. Lind finished the season with 1 goal and 10 assists and was +7 with 24 PMs. He skated in four post-season games, including the Frozen Four semifinal game against eventual national champion Minnesota-Duluth.

2011-12: Lind skated in 39 of 40 games for Notre Dame as a sophomore. The Fighting Irish were one of the top teams in college hockey in the season's first two months, getting off to a 10-2-3 start, but struggled to stay above .500 for the rest of the season, finishing eighth in the CCHA and being swept by Michigan in the CCHA quarterfinals. Skating primarily with freshman Robbie Russo, an Islanders prospect,  on the third defense pairing for Notre Dame, Lind was minus-three with 1 goal and 3 assists. His only goal of the season was a game-winner, coming in the second game of the season against Minnesota-Duluth, a 5-3 win for the Fighting Irish.

2012-13: Lind played in 40 of 41 games for Notre Dame in his junior season. Partnered with junior Stephen Johns (Chicago) during the Fighting Irish' late season run, when Notre Dame went 11-1-4 in a 15-game stretch, Lind finished the season +21 with 2 goals, 3 assists and 33 penalty minutes. The Fighting Irish were second in the final CCHA regular season behind Miami and captured the playoff championship to earn an NCAA tournament berth. After defeating Michigan, 3-1, in the CCHA Championship game Notre Dame fell to St. Cloud State, 5-1, in the Midwest Regional semifinals.

 

Talent Analysis

Lind has shutdown potential thanks to strong man-on-man play, NHL size, and the potential to develop into a physical force. He has become more assertive in many areas playing for a top-level NCAA program. His offensive game is not a thing of beauty, he lacks confidence handling the puck and will never have elite puck skills.

 

 

Future

Lind appears to have the potential to be a third-pairing rearguard or perhaps the stay-at-home half of a second pairing. He will have to work on his offensive game and develop a nasty edge to his defense to really excel at the next level.

 

 

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