Kevin Lind
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Kevin Lind


Homer Glen Illinois

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6th round (177th overall), 2010


223 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C


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.

2013-14: Lind made his pro hockey debut in April 2014 — signing an amateur try-out contract and skating in one game with Anaheim AHL affiliate Norfolk — following his senior season at Notre Dame. Lind had no points nor penalties in his only game with the Admirals. He scored 3 goals with 7 assists and was +22 with 30 penalty minutes in 40 games for Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish finished eighth in Hockey East during the regular season but upset first-place Boston College in the conference tournament and received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament; falling to St. Cloud State, 4-3, in overtime in the NCAA West regional semifinals. Lind was not signed to an entry-level contract by Anaheim and became an unrestricted free agent. 

Talent Analysis

Lind is a shutdown defender whose game is predicated on strong man-on-man play. He has, NHL size and the potential to develop into a physical force but hasn't played an overly combative style to this point. His offensive game is limited as he lacks confidence handling the puck and has average puck skills.


Lind attended training camp with Anaheim AHL affiliate Norfolk and signed an AHL deal with the Admirals before being assigned to the ECHL's Utah Grizzlies to start the 2014-15 season. As with many late round picks, Lind was drafted based on his NHL size and the potential for him to grow into a well-rounded player one day. His physical tools suggest that one day he can be an effective lower pairing defensive defenseman. He will have to continue to develop his game in all areas to one day reach that point.  

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