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Awesome signing! Doesn't have a lot of offensive potential but he's a great physical and defensive player! Excited to see how he does with the Wolves!

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Media Release: #Canucks sign forward Kellan Lain.

Kellan Lain

Centerman

6'6" 222lbs

Shoots Left

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KELLAN LAIN CAREER STATS

Season Team Lge GP G A Pts PIM

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2007-08 Oakville Blades OPJHL 31 9 13 22 51

2008-09 Oakville Blades OJHL 47 19 23 42 74

2009-10 Oakville Blades OJHL 16 8 9 17 16

2010-11 Lake Superior State Unive CCHA 38 4 4 8 40

2011-12 Lake Superior State Unive CCHA 38 9 6 15 59

2012-13 Lake Superior State Unive CCHA 32 8 8 16 111

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He seems to have a ceiling of a 3rd line Centre at the NHL level, but given what Gaunce is showing so far if Lain only makes it as the 4th line C, I'll be thrilled. He plays a pretty physical game and seems adept on the dot. No risk signing by Gillis, finally!

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Here's hoping he turns out to be our very own Brian Boyle.

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Is he reporting to the Wolves?

Yep, sounds like it.

Should be a great fourth line role player for them. Hopefully he can lace up for the Wolves rematch against Rockford, and rough those punks up.

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It'll be interesting to see if he can transition right into the AHL and how he does.

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Brian Boyle/Paul Gaustad kinda guy.

Huge, great skater, shutdown capabilites, and decent puck skills.

Will be a nice bottom 6 center in a few years.

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Brian Boyle/Paul Gaustad kinda guy.

Huge, great skater, shutdown capabilites, and decent puck skills.

Will be a nice bottom 6 center in a few years.

This is pretty much word for word what I have been saying.

I think he will have a learning curve, but could be an NHL regular in 3 years likely.

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Only a one year contract - which I believe will start next season as he will just sign a ATO for the Wolves for the remainder of this season.

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Fourth line player with third line potential.......I would love if Labate can do the same in a few years

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Fourth line player with third line potential.......I would love if Labate can do the same in a few years

LaBate is more middle six potential. Think broke mans Blake Wheeler.

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Not a whole lot of upside here, but eh it's a free lottery ticket. Good luck to him.

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Here's hoping he turns out to be our very own Brian Boyle.

YAH . Boyle with 53 points in best college year and Lain with 16 in same league. YOU DO THE MATH. This guy sucks!!!! Edited by petrov
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Was listening to an interview yesterday and he's got some conections to Manny from early on...has taken some direction and derived interest from his game. Watched him as a 10 year old when Manny played in Guelph and has met him.

Liked what I heard...very composed in the interview. Likes to use his size as well as speed in his game. Really enjoys the physicality end of things. Was somewhat surprised at being sought out by several teams and is thrilled to be part of the Canucks...had a conference call with MG, Gilman, etc.

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YAH . Boyle with 53 points in best college year and Lain with 16 in same league. YOU DO THE MATH. This guy sucks!!!!

Typical CDC poster. Writing off a 23 year old with size and potential to be a very decent bottom six grinder before even watching him play. 'Ya stats are the only thing that matters. If they aren't good he sucks'

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VANCOUVER – The Canucks found a gem through U.S. college free agency in defenceman Chris Tanev and they hope they have found another in 6-6, 220-pound centre Kellan Lain after signing him Saturday to a one-year contract.

Lain, 23, is a native of Oakville, Ont., and has played the last three seasons with the Lake Superior State Lakers of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association. Lain had eight goals, eight assists and 111 penalty minutes during the 2012-13 campaign. The Canucks intend to assign him to the American League’s Chicago Wolves.

“He has a good blend of both speed and skill,” said Canuck assistant general manager Laurence Gilman. “We’re going to bring him to Vancouver, as we usually do with new players, to get him acclimated to our organization and he will then join Chicago sometime in the midweek.”

Lain received a $92,500 signing bonus on his one-year contract, which was the longest he could sign for based on his age. He will receive a $70,000 salary (pro-rated) in the American League and $832,500 (pro-rated) if he is called up to the Canucks.

According to Gilman, Lain had been heavily scouted by Canuck senior advisor Stan Smyl, whose duties include watching U.S. colleges.

“He’s been on Stan’s radar for quite some time and we have followed him very, very closely,” Gilman said. “We were in competition for him with a number of other NHL teams.”

Lain shoots left and led the Lakers in faceoff wins with 313. The Canucks are in dire need of a left-handed centreman adept on the draw after shutting down Manny Malhotra (vision) earlier this year.

Reached at his parents home Saturday, Lain was understandably excited to sign his first professional contract. He said 10 teams were originally in the hunt for his services before it came down to a final four.

“It was a tough choice,” he said. “Picking an NHL team is never easy when more than one wants you. Growing up in Canada, it’s the same story -- we all want to play in the NHL. Now that it’s a possibility, it’s really exciting, especially coming to an organization like Vancouver. It’s a special city and they have a great team.”

Asked for a scouting report on himself, Lain said: “I’m pretty much described as a big centreman who can skate, is good in his own end, is good on faceoffs, can kill penalties and chip in once in a while offensively. So that’s pretty much how I’m described and I agree. I also like to play feisty. I’ve played feisty my whole life.”

Plans call for Lain to fly to Vancouver on Sunday and watch the Canucks play Monday against Minnesota and Tuesday against St. Louis before he heads off to the Wolves. By the way, Lain played against Tanev “a little bit” in the greater Toronto minor hockey system. He is four months older than Tanev but added that he doesn’t know the Canuck defenceman personally.

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Read more: http://www.vancouver...l#ixzz2NqaMsr5S

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looks like schroeders time is slowly shrinking

AVs 2 favourite things : Big and Forward who plays defense

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looks like schroeders time is slowly shrinking

AVs 2 favourite things : Big and Forward who plays defense

This guy likely won't affect Schroeder at all. Totally different packages. Schroeder projects to be a top 6 centre while Lain at best will only be at 3rd liner at best.

Also, AV's 2 favorite things are Defense and line-up flexibility.

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