Vancouver Canucks @VanCanucks
Media Release: #Canucks sign forward Kellan Lain.
Dan Murphy @sportsnetmurph
#canucks sign Kellan Lain. 6’6”, 220 lbs. 16 points (8-8-16) and 111 penalty mins in 32 games with Lake Superior State University
Brad Ziemer @BradZiemer
Several teams were after Kellan Lain, a big 6-6, 220-pound forward from Lake Superior State U. #Canucks just signed him.
Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie
VAN signs college UFA Kellan Lain from Lake Superior State. 6-foot-6 centre from Oakville, Ont.
Just an article from 23 hours ago:
The Vancouver Canucks are interested in 6’6″, 220-pound college free agent Kellan Lain of the Lake Superior State University Lakers, according to News 1130.
The radio spoke to Lain and he says there are a lot of teams interested in him. The Canucks are one of the teams and they have been after him for quite some time. He will speak with his agent, Ian Pulver, this weekend and will make a decision on where he will play professional hockey soon.
Lake Superior State coach Jim Roque projects Lain as a third or fourth line checking centre in the National Hockey League. Think Brian Boyle of the New York Rangers perhaps?
Lain recently completed his junior season with the Lakers putting up 111 penalty minutes, eight goals and 16 points in 32 games.
TSN’s Bob McKenzie expects Lain to be one of the first college free agents to sign with an NHL team and it could happen as early as in the next 48 hours. The Anaheim Ducks, Detroit Red Wings, and Phoenix Coyotes are among the other Western Conference teams interested in the centre.
Other college free agents the Canucks are reportedly interested in include right wingerAntoine Laganiere, and defencemen Andrej Sustr and Shayne Taker. Sustr and Taker are both big defencemen with Sustr standing at 6’8″ and 218 pounds and Taker at 6’4″ and 196 pounds.
This also seems to be Kellan's twitter: @klain19
Here's a bit more in-depth scouting report:
Kellan Lain, Center, Vancouver Canucks (Lake Superior):
Lain is an older than usual Junior, a 23 year old who turns 24 in July. His main asset is his physical game, at 6′6′’ 222 not only is he tall and strong but tough as well. He’s a big center who can win battles and make opposing defensemen aware of his presence on the ice. He also skates at a decent level for a man his size. Lain doesn’t have a whole lot of offensive upside, notching 39 points over 108 NCAA games, but he does have some defensive value and I think he can stay at center at the pro level. He actually led Lake Superior in face off % this season, winning 56% of his 571 draws. That’s not a great sample, but it is nevertheless intriguing.
Sounds like a potentially useful 4th liner.
Edited by Strombone1, 17 March 2013 - 08:57 AM.