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Kalan Lind – 2023 NHL Draft Prospect Profile

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Kalan Lind

2022-23 Team: Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
Date of Birth: Jan. 25, 2005
Place of Birth: Shaunavon, SK
Height: 6-feet, Weight: 155 pounds
Shoots: Left
Position: LW
NHL Draft Eligibility: 2023 first-year eligible


If a team is looking for a two-way winger who isn’t afraid to play physically, Kalan Lind is their guy. A ball of energy that has great speed, he isn’t afraid to crash the net and is a pain in the neck to play against. He also isn’t afraid to drop the gloves, as he demonstrated at the Top Prospects Game when he took on Sudbury Wolves Alex Pharand, who is three inches taller and weighs over 40 pounds heavier. The younger brother of Seattle Kraken winger Kole Lind, he is considered to be further along in his development compared to his older brother when he was drafted in 2017.

Kalan Lind, Team White 2023 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game (Bob Frid/CHL)

What really sticks out about Lind’s game is how simple yet effective it is. When he has the puck, he skates full speed right to the net, which forces the opposition to back up and give him space. Once in the offensive zone, he likes to drive the net and create havoc in front of the goaltender. While everyone else is scrambling and looking for the puck, he remains calm and has almost a sixth sense in his ability to find the loose puck and put it in the back of the net. While he has a good enough shot to score from distance, he is at his best when he is crashing the crease or at the side of the net.

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Lind has developed into one of the best forecheckers in this draft class. He seems to never run out of energy and always finishes his check in an effort to force turnovers. This also makes him a nightmare for the opposition’s power play as he forces them to move the puck up the ice quickly rather than allowing them time to set up a breakout from their own zone. He employs a similar style of play in the defensive zone, as he is always looking to put pressure on the puck carrier in an effort to create a turnover. His active stick and ability to read the play allow him to intercept passes or knock the puck loose and regain possession to start the transition game.

At the 2023 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game, Lind was one of the standouts for Team White in their victory over Team Red. He looked like a wrecking ball on the ice, hitting everything in a red jersey every chance he got. In fact, he annoyed Team Red so much that, as mentioned previously, Pharand…

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