Linden Vey
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Linden Vey

Hometown:

Wakaw Saskatchewan

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1991-07-17

Position:

C

Eligible for draft:

2009

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2009

Height:

6-0

Acquired:

Trade with Los Angeles, 2014

Weight:

181 lbs.

Probability of Success
  • C

History

2006-07: Linden Vey was drafted by Medicine Hat  in the second round of the 2006 WHL Bantam Draft.  Played in two games for the Medicine Hat Tigers, picking up just two penalty minutes in those games.

2007-08: Vey played in 48 games for the Tigers, scoring eight goals and adding nine assists to go along with 21 penalty minutes.  He was a +6 for the season.  Played in five playoff games for the Tigers, picking up one assist and two penalty minutes in the series.

2008-09: Vey improved on his rookie season, playing in 71 games for the Tigers.  He netted 24 goals and added 48 assists while logging 20 penalty minutes.  Vey finished with a -2 rating for the season.  He played in 11 playoff games for the Tigers, scoring two goals and adding five assists.

2009-10: In 72 WHL games Vey posted 24 goals and 51 assists. In 12 playoff matches, he posted 2 goals and 6 assists.

2010-11: Vey led the WHL and all of Canadian junior hockey in scoring in his fourth season with the Medicine Hat Tigers. He scored 46 goals with 70 assists in 69 games and had a +37 plus/minus (second only to Anaheim prospect Emerson Etem ( +41) amongst Tigers' skaters). Medicine Hat reached the WHL playoff semifinals after finishing second in the Central division and in 15 playoff games Vey scored 12 goals with 13 assists and was +7 with 8 PMs. Six of his 12 goals were scored on the power play. Vey was selected to the WHL's First All-Star Team and was signed to a three-year, entry-level contract by Los Angeles in May 2011.

2011-12: Vey made the jump from junior to pro hockey as a 20-year old — skating in 74 games for Kings AHL affiliate Manchester and finishing as the Monarchs' third-leading scorer. He scored 19 goals with 24 assists and was plus-five with 16 penalty minutes. Manchester  finished second in the Atlantic Division and lost to Norfolk three games to one in a first round playoff series.  Vey was the leading scorer for the Monarchs in the Norfolk series with 2 goals and 4 assists and had an even plus/minus. Vey spent the Stanley Cup playoffs with the Kings as one of the "Black Aces" but did not see any game action.

2012-13: Vey was the leading scorer for Kings AHL affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, in his second pro season. He scored 22 goals with 45 assists in 74 games and was +18 with 32 penalty minutes. The Monarchs finished third in the Atlantic Division and lost to Springfield in a first round playoff series.Vey scored 2 goals and was -1 with 4 penalty minutes in four playoff games.

 

Talent Analysis

The Wakaw, Saskatchewan native is of average size and weight, but delivers above average results in most facets of the game. He is a leader and a grit player who inspires with a solid work ethic. His continued improvement in all three zones and special teams play has helped him raise his stock as a legitimate two-way center option.

 

 

Future

Vey has capitalized on the tremendous opportunity he has had with the Manchester Monarchs being the teams No. 1 center and go-to penalty kill and powerplay option in 2012-13. While he has benefited from tremendous linemates in Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson, Vey has held his own and might be a good AHL stint away from cracking the NHL level.

 

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