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 winger Antoine 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.