Vancouver Canucks top prospects of Week 5: Gaudette, Lind and Dahlen

BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 14: Adam Gaudette
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No. 2 – RW Kole Lind (Kelowna, WHL)

“Why isn’t anyone taking Kole Lind?”

I have a feeling the Canadian Junior team might leave Lind out, leaving Canucks to ask the same question again, why no one is taking Kole Lind.

Kole Lind was named the Player of the Game for the first match of the Canada-Russia series as he led the WHL “all-stars” to a game one victory with two goals and three points. That game is the only win the Canadian juniors have against the Russians so far in three games.

The Canada-Russia series has since shifted to the OHL, with the OHL all-stars dropping their first game to give Russia two wins.

Canucks prospects netminder Michael DiPietro should be starting the second match against the Russians on Monday. Edmonton Oilers prospect Dylan Wells let the OHL squad down in game one, allowing five goals on 18 shots. Lets’see if a Canucks prospect can win yet another game for Canada.

Prospect Jonah Gadjovich, originally selected to play for Team OHL, is still battling a wrist injury and will not play against Russia.

Lind continued to score after the games against Russia. He had this great short-handed goal in his return to WHL action. Though he didn’t score it in a pretty way, it’s great that he initiates contact with the defender to create the opportunity.

Lind now has ten goals and 29 points in 18 games.