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Kevin Klein
Kevin Klein
Defenseman
(KEH-vihn KLIGHN)
Number: 8
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 202
Shoots: Right
Born: Dec 13, 1984  (Age 31)
Birthplace: Kitchener, ON, Canada
Drafted: NSH / 2003 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 2nd (37th overall)
2012-13: Has taken the fewest minor penalties among defensemen to have appeared in at least 100 games over the past two seasons combined (4). Assessed just two minor penalties on the season - his only two minors in the last 104 regular-season games… Ranked third on the team in average ice time (20:25), the second time in his career he’s average more than 20 minutes in a season… Amassed all 14 (3g-11a) of his points at even strength, ranking fourth on the team in the category… Finished among the League's Top 30 in blocked shots for the third consecutive season (89)… Came within one goal of his career high in the category despite the shortened season… Posted eight (2g-6a) of his 14 points in the final 17 games of 2012-13… Played eight games with Herlev in the Danish League during the lockout, posting three points (1g-2a) and 29 penalty minutes… Signed a five-year, $15.5 million contract on Sept. 15.

2011-12: Recorded career highs in points (4g-17a-21pts) and assists, while tying a career high in goals… One of just two NHL defensemen to play more than 35 games and register four or fewer penalty minutes (Carolina’s Jamie McBain). All four of his PIMs came in one game – Oct. 29 vs. Anaheim… Tied for 24th in the League, and led the Predators, in blocked shots (151)… Ranked third on the team in average ice time (19:56)… Played his 300th career game on March 20 vs. Edmonton… Scored his first career game-winning goal on Oct. 8 at St. Louis... Missed 16 games due to injury/illness. PLAYOFFS: Tied for first among Predator defensemen in points (2g-2a)… Scored goals in Games Three and Four of the WCQ vs. Detroit, the first goal-scoring streak of his career… Led the team in blocked shots (22).

2010-11:
Tied a career high in games played for the second consecutive season (81)… Tied for ninth in the NHL in blocked shots with a career high (173)… Posted personal bests in average ice time (20:47), plus/minus rating (+9), hits (128) and shots (99)… One of 10 defensemen with at least 150 blocked shots and 125 hits. PLAYOFFS: Dressed for all 12 of the club’s postseason contests… Notched points in back-to-back contests in Games Four and Five of the WCQ vs. Anaheim.

2009-10: Set career highs in games played (81) and penalty minutes (27)… Led the team, and ranked 22nd in the League, in blocked shots (147)… Saw his average ice time increase by 7:16 over the 2008-09 season (12:39 to 19:55), the highest season-to-season increase in the NHL among players appearing in at least 20 games each season. PLAYOFFS: Made his playoff debut in Game One, and collected his first career postseason point/assist in Game Three of the WCQ vs. Chicago.

2008-09:
Played his rookie season after appearing in 18 games over the three previous campaigns… Tied for fifth among rookie defensemen in goals (4) and 12th in points (12)… Registered his first career multi-point outing with a pair of assists vs. Edmonton on March 3… Scored his first career power-play goal on Feb. 10 vs. Detroit.

2007-08: Appeared in 13 games in his first full season at the NHL level… Was assigned to Milwaukee (AHL) on two occasions for conditioning assignments (Nov. 16-30 & Feb. 14-18)… Missed the first six games of the campaign due to injury.

2006-07: Was recalled from Milwaukee (AHL) twice during the season (Nov. 20-24 and Jan. 26-28)… Ranked third among Milwaukee defensemen in scoring (5g-15a-20pts).

2005-06: Was recalled from Milwaukee twice during the season (Dec. 3-4 and March 9-12)… Led Milwaukee defensemen, and ranked 13th among AHL blueliners, in points (10g-33a-43pts)… Tied for first on the team and fifth in the AHL with a +11 rating during the 2006 playoffs.

2004-05: Spent the majority of his first pro season with Milwaukee, including seven playoff contests.

AMATEUR: Captured a silver medal with Team Canada at the 2004 World Junior Championships… Won the 2004 Ontario Hockey League championship as a member of the Guelph Storm… Tied for second on the Storm with 21 playoff points (10g-11a) and ranked third in playoff goals (10)… Named the OHL Western Conference’s best defensive defenseman in the 2004 OHL coaches’ poll, was named a Third-Team All-Star and played for the Western Conference at the 2004 OHL All-Star Classic… Served as an alternate captain for Toronto St. Michael’s in 2002-03 and finished third in team scoring (11g-33a-44pts)… Finished second in voting as the OHL Eastern Conference’s best defensive defenseman in the 2003 OHL coaches’ poll… Named the Majors’ most outstanding defenseman in 2003... Played for the OHL Eastern All-Stars in the CHL Hershey Cup All-Star Series… Tallied an assist at the 2003 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Kitchener… Won a gold medal with Canada’s U-18 team at the 2001 Six Nations tournament in the Czech Republic… Played for Team Ontario at the 2001 U-17 World Hockey Challenge in Nova Scotia.

BACKGROUND: Nickname: “Kleiner”… Enjoys golfing, reading and playing cards… Favorites include City House & Café Nonna (Nashville restaurants), Bach (musician), Toronto Blue Jays (sports team growing up), Tesla (dream car) and Hugo Boss (place to shop)… If he could change places with one person for a day, it would be someone from American Pickers… Would like to run an eco-friendly Bed & Breakfast in Canada after retiring from hockey… Lists Gandhi as the historical figure he would have most like to have met… He and his wife Jody have a son, Joseph.

TRANSACTIONS: June 22, 2003 – Nashville’s third selection, 37th overall (second round), in the 2003 Entry Draft.




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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 57 36 17 4 158 130 76
2 DAL 54 34 15 5 174 145 73
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 52 32 17 3 144 119 67
5 SJS 52 28 20 4 149 138 60
6 ANA 52 26 19 7 117 122 59
7 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
8 COL 56 27 25 4 149 155 58
9 MIN 53 23 20 10 130 130 56
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 53 21 20 12 123 143 54
12 CGY 52 24 25 3 138 151 51
13 WPG 53 24 26 3 137 151 51
14 EDM 55 21 29 5 133 166 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 54 11 27 -3 38
F. Forsberg 54 17 18 -7 35
S. Weber 54 14 21 -5 35
M. Ribeiro 54 6 27 2 33
J. Neal 54 19 13 18 32
M. Ekholm 54 6 18 3 24
R. Ellis 53 6 16 2 22
C. Smith 54 11 7 -2 18
C. Jarnkrok 53 9 8 0 17
C. Wilson 37 4 12 -1 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 20 18 7 .903 2.54
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36