Photo Credit: Marissa Baecker - Kelowna Rockets

Clarification on Kole Lind and the 2017 World Junior Championships

On Wednesday last week, the Kelowna Rockets tweeted some exciting news concerning the first of the Canucks’ two second-round picks at this year’s draft, Kole Lind. The Rockets’ account indicated that Lind received an invite from Hockey Canada to participate in their World Junior Development Camp.

Word spread quickly about the news, and the question was raised as to why Team Canada hadn’t invited Lind from the beginning. The Rockets’ account deleted the tweet shortly after it went live.

I reached out to the Kelowna Rockets Twitter account for clarification but have yet to hear back. I could be wrong, but I do believe the Hockey Canada Men account retweeted the original tweet.

Regardless, it’s odd for a team to present such intriguing and positive news, and then remove it within an hour.

Kelowna’s AM 1150 station reported the news shortly after the tweet was deleted, but it’s probable that it was based on the ‘announcement’ rather than sources. Lind also hasn’t been added to the camp roster on Hockey Canada’s website. With the Summer Showcase taking place in just over two weeks, one should certainly wonder why an official announcement – if he has been invited – hasn’t been made yet, and what could be holding them back?

I wanted to clarify that Lind hasn’t been officially announced as a late invite to the camp. I’m not sure if Hockey Canada retracted their offer or if the Rockets prematurely tweeted the news, but what is known is that Lind has earned the right to be considered for the Canadian junior team — he should be a lock for their development camp.

Update: Hockey Canada has officially announced that Kole Lind has been invited to the development camp

  • FireGillis

    Am I the only one who was upset with the Lind pick? I was happy with every other one but I kind felt like they should’ve picked that other guy from timra

    • Fortitude00

      Canucks need speed and scoring so they picked a lot of guys in hopes of increasing odds of landing NHL prospects with that skill set. Its a good strat. I wanted Liljegren and a RHS prospect but I can’t fault Benning and his approach to this draft because it makes total sense.

    • wojohowitz

      I agree with you. I did not like Lind at all in the Prospects Game. He skated into traffic too many times and lost the puck instead of looking to make plays. Contrast that with Boeser who seems to find time and space to look around for teammates. OTOH Lind`s numbers in junior were around 30g-60a so maybe he just lacked confidence.

    • Pat Quinn Way

      No mate you are not. After losing Tryamkin to the KHL (another wasted Benning pick) it was a no-brainer to replace him with Nic Hague, a 6’6 215lb beast at just 18 who actually has better offensive upside than Tree. We passed and Vegas jumped on him with the next pick instead. I am absolutely livid about that glaring mistake!