As the Vancouver Canucks rebuild, there is so much focus on high-end prospects like Brock Boeser, Elias Pettersson, Jonathan Dahlen and Nikolay Goldobin, it’s easy to overlook the secondary wave of scoring prospects the organization has assembled. Friday, Kole Lind was impossible to miss. Drafted 33rd overall last June, near the top of the second round and 28 places after the Canucks selected Pettersson, Lind was the best Canucks prospect when Vancouver beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-2 here on the opening night of the Young Stars Classic tournament. The winger from Shaunavon, Sask., and the Kelowna Rockets had two assists and an empty-net goal as the baby Canucks fairly dominated the Jets, outshooting Winnipeg’s prospects 39-20. Vancouver was deprived a blowout win only by Jets goalie Mikhail Berdin. Boeser is the only elite Canucks forward prospect in this tournament, which is like a four-day “home” game for Lind, who plays his junior hockey less than an hour’s drive north up the shore of Okanagan Lake. He looked comfortable on Friday, displaying the puck poise and playmaking savvy that encouraged the Canucks to draft him.
Kole Lind standing out from second wave of Canucks prospects
Sportsnet | Sep 9