Jakub Kindl

Jakub Kindl (born 10 February 1987) is a Czech professional ice hockey defenseman currently playing with Kölner Haie in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). He previously played in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Detroit Red Wings and Florida Panthers.

Jakub Kindl
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Kindl in 2009
Born (1987-02-10) 10 February 1987 (age 33)
Šumperk, Czechoslovakia
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 216 lb (98 kg; 15 st 6 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
DEL team
Former teams
Kölner Haie
LTC Pardubice
Detroit Red Wings
Florida Panthers
HC Plzeň
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 19th overall, 2005
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 2008–present

Playing careerEdit

As a youth, Kindl played in the 2001 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a team from Chomutov.[1]

Kindl played junior hockey for the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL and then for the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League. Kindl was drafted 19th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2005 NHL Draft.[citation needed]

During the 2005–06 season, Kindl played in three games for Grand Rapids, where he recorded one assist. During the 2007–08 season, he played in 75 games for Grand Rapids. He was called by the Detroit Red Wings as a spare defenceman. When Detroit won the Stanley Cup Kindl was included on the team, even though he had yet to play in the NHL. Detroit also awarded him a Stanley Cup ring. Since Kindl had not played in the NHL his name could not be included on the Stanley Cup.[citation needed]

Kindl made his NHL debut with the Red Wings during the 2009–10 NHL season. Called up as an injury replacement, he eventually appeared in three games before returning to Grand Rapids. Kindl scored his first career NHL goal on 20 January 2011 against Jaroslav Halak of the St. Louis Blues.[citation needed]

On 29 June 2013, Kindl signed a four year, $9.6 million contract extension with the Detroit Red Wings.[2]

On 14 February 2015, the Red Wings assigned Kindl to the Grand Rapids Griffins for a conditioning assignment. Kindl has not played for the Red Wings since suffering an elbow injury on 27 December 2014.[3] On 20 February 2015, the Red Wings recalled Kindl from his conditioning assignment with the Griffins. During his condition assignment, Kindl recorded one goal, and a plus-two rating in back-to-back wins for the Griffins.[4]

On 9 January 2016, Kindl was placed on waivers and later assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins. Prior to being placed on waivers, he played in 23 games with the Red Wings, recording two goals and three assists. His plus-3 rating in overtime leads the Wings this season.[5][6] On 4 February, Kindl was recalled by the Red Wings. Prior to being recalled by the Red Wings, Kindl recorded two goals and one assist in nine games for the Griffins since he was assigned on 11 January.[7] He was again assigned to the Griffins on 23 February.[8]

On 27 February 2016, Kindl was traded by the Red Wings to the Florida Panthers in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.[9]

At the conclusion of his contract with the Panthers, Kindl left the NHL as a free agent and later returned to his homeland in signing a one-year deal with HC Plzeň of the Czech Extraliga on 18 October 2017.[10]

After two seasons with Plzeň, Kindl left at the conclusion of his contract continuing his European career in Germany by agreeing to a one-year contract with Kölner Haie of the DEL on 5 July 2019.[11]

International playEdit

Kindl represented the Czech Republic at the 2014 IIHF World Championship, where he recorded one goal and two assists in ten games.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 HC Pardubice ELH 1 0 0 0 0
2004–05 Kitchener Rangers OHL 62 3 11 14 92 12 0 0 0 22
2005–06 Kitchener Rangers OHL 60 12 46 58 112 5 1 0 1 10
2005–06 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 3 0 1 1 2
2006–07 Kitchener Rangers OHL 54 11 44 55 142 9 2 9 11 8
2006–07 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 7 0 2 2 0
2007–08 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 75 3 14 17 82
2008–09 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 78 6 27 33 76 10 2 1 3 2
2009–10 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 73 3 30 33 59
2009–10 Detroit Red Wings NHL 3 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Detroit Red Wings NHL 48 2 2 4 36
2010–11 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 8 1 4 5 6
2011–12 Detroit Red Wings NHL 55 1 12 13 25
2012–13 HC Pardubice ELH 27 1 10 11 26
2012–13 Detroit Red Wings NHL 41 4 9 13 28 14 1 4 5 10
2013–14 Detroit Red Wings NHL 66 2 17 19 24 4 0 0 0 2
2014–15 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 2 1 0 1 2
2014–15 Detroit Red Wings NHL 35 5 8 13 22 1 0 0 0 0
2015–16 Detroit Red Wings NHL 25 2 4 6 14
2015–16 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 10 3 1 4 12
2015–16 Florida Panthers NHL 19 0 2 2 4 1 0 0 0 0
2016–17 Springfield Thunderbirds AHL 13 1 6 7 16
2016–17 Florida Panthers NHL 39 0 4 4 28
2017–18 HC Plzeň ELH 30 1 3 4 32 7 1 2 3 2
2018–19 HC Plzeň ELH 26 2 8 10 36
NHL totals 331 16 58 74 181 20 1 4 5 12

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2006 Czech Republic WJC 8th 6 0 1 1 10
2007 Czech Republic WJC 5th 6 0 4 4 8
2014 Czech Republic WC 4th 10 1 2 3 6
Junior totals 12 0 5 5 18
Senior totals 10 1 2 3 6

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  2. ^ Roose, Bill (29 June 2013). "Wings get deals done for Miller, Kindl". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved 29 June 2013.
  3. ^ Roose, Bill (14 February 2015). "Kindl sent to Griffins for conditioning". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  4. ^ Kujawa, Kyle (20 February 2015). "Red Wings recall Kindl from Grand Rapids". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  5. ^ Roose, Bill (10 January 2016). "Red Wings' Kindl clears waivers". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  6. ^ Kujawa, Kyle (11 January 2016). "Kindl is assigned to Grand Rapids". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved 11 January 2016.
  7. ^ Kujawa, Kyle (4 February 2016). "Detroit recalls Kindl from Grand Rapids". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  8. ^ Kujawa, Kyle (23 February 2016). "Jakub Kindl assigned to Grand Rapids". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  9. ^ Kujawa, Kyle (27 February 2016). "Red Wings trade Kindl to Panthers". Detroit Red Wings. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
  10. ^ "Kindl to strengthen defense" (in Czech). HC Plzeň. 18 October 2017. Retrieved 18 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Sharks sign Jakub Kindl" (in German). Kölner Haie. 5 July 2019. Retrieved 5 July 2019.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Niklas Kronwall
Detroit Red Wings first round draft pick
2005
Succeeded by
Brendan Smith