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Prospect Preview: Kale Kessy - Junior Hockey News

Published: Wednesday, 23 Jan 2013
By: Michael Gosnell

Every team in the National Hockey League needs character.

Adding some grit and sandpaper to the lineup will make your club a competitive one.

The Phoenix Coyotes added a gritty, depth player at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft when they selected Kale Kessy, now with the Western Hockey League's Kamloops Blazers, with the 111th overall selection.

The Shaunavon, Saskatchewan led the Medicine Hats Tigers in penalty minutes in 2009-10 as a 17-year-old. However, he also registered 11 goals and 18 assists that year.

The following year in Medicine Hat, he brought the gritty, physical play but did not bring much offense.

He scored 10 goals and 14 assists in 64 games played. In addition, he racked up 129 penalty minutes.

His minutes in the sin bin went up the subsequent year to 151, but his offensive production went south, with just 16 points in 46 games.

Kessy drew three suspensions that year.

This season, Kessy started his overage season with the Tigers but was traded on October 12, 2012 to the Vancouver Giants.

While in Vancouver, he saw a slight bright spot in production, but not very much.

In 27 games for the Giants, Kessy recorded 16 points and registered 51 penalty minutes.

His time in Vancouver was short. Kessy was traded once again in January to the Kamloops Blazers for forward Rob Trzonkowski.

In his first contest with the Blazers, Kessy scored two goals and made an impact with the team right away. But so far, he has four points in eight games for the Blazers and 16 penalty minutes.

It is clear that offense is not Kessy's strength and I think Kessy is well aware of that.

His no nonsense, sandpaper style of play will make him a formidable opponent for a team's top stars.

Kessy plays an aggressive game and he loves to play the body and hit anything that moves. Moreover, he is a tremendous energy player and uses every bit of his 6-3 frame.

Kessy will be a third or fourth line player in the pros. His grinding style reminds me of Brandon Prust, who like Kessy relishes his role as a grinder and agitator.


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