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Lind finished the game with two goals, four shots on net, an even rating and two penalty minutes.

The Comets played the next night and didn’t fare as well, losing 6-1 in Syracuse.

Head coach Trent Cull sounded almost prophetic before the game, telling the media that it was a tough matchup against a fresh Crunch team.

“It’s our first back-to-back in 10 months against a team that’s just starting out,” he said.

Cull also commented on Lind’s progression as a centre, saying he’s really liked what he’s seen so far, but there’s work to be done.

“It’s a real challenge for us as coaches … as well as for Kole.”

It remains to be seen if this is the long-term plan for Lind, but to change to the centre ice position at this stage of his development will be difficult. Drafted as a skilled winger with some snarl, Lind will need to step up his defensive game as well as his ability to win faceoffs if he’s going to stick in the middle.

In Saturday’s defeat, Lind lost the majority of his draws, with one power play faceoff loss quickly going back the other way, resulting in a short-handed goal against.

As for other Canucks prospects on the Comets, which the team is sharing with the St. Louis Blues as an AHL affiliate this season, power forward Jonah Gadjovich, 22, has made some noise in the early going, scoring in Friday’s opener.

Gadjovich’s goal was a result of going to the net after a forced turnover in the offensive zone and being in the right spot to finish the play.


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