The Colorado Mammoth drafted Kyle Killen in the second round (22nd overall) of the 2018 NLL entry draft. The Rookie out of RIT and the Coburg Kodiaks has made a serious splash in Colorado very early on in his young NLL career.
If you have watched Killen in the field game at RIT or in the MSL with Coburg this should come as no surprise to you at all.
During his senior season in 2018 at RIT Killen helped the Tigers go undefeated in the regular season in 2018. They would make it to the semifinals of the NCAA DIII tournament where they lost to Wesleyan. Killen led the Tigers as he tallied 103 points (16G/17A) as a senior. Killen was fifth in goals per game across the NCAA DIII ranks as a senior in that 2018 season.
During the summer in the MSL last season, Killen led the Coburg Kodiaks offense with 35 points (15G/20A) in 13 games. Killen was 16th in points, 17th in goals, and tied for 17th in assist in the MSL over the 2018 summer.
After seeing those stats you see why the Mammoth jumped to take him in the draft. Killen is a pure goal scorer and over the past few weeks of the season he has been able to showcase that in the NLL more and more.
After the 2018 NLL draft Mammoth head coach Pat Coyle said, “Honestly, we expected [Killen] to go at least 10 spots earlier, He’s a great goal scorer and adds depth to our offense. We’re really luck to get him.”
Coming into the season with a short camp due to the CBA agreements it wasn’t looking good for some of the “under the radar” guys as well as rookies. Killen made the roster in Colorado (as expected from a 2nd round pick) that is full of veteran leaders on both sides of the ball. Killen didn’t get his shot until the Mammoth’s 4th game of the season when they got their first win of the season against Calgary.
In his NLL debut, Killen tallied 3 points (2G/1A). Since that first action of his NLL career Killen has seen action in every game and has now found himself starting. Killen has tallied 13 points (8G/5A) through the first 4 games of his NLL season. He recorded his first hat trick on February 2nd in the Mammoth’s game at Buffalo.
Currently sitting in last place in the west with a 2-5 record the Mammoth have been struggling so far this season. Having a young player like Kyle Killen step in and be able to contribute and really help them out has been huge. When you consider the Stephen Keogh trade that opens up more space for Killen, even though Keogh had been in and out of the lineup.
While Killen is still in the early stages of his NLL career the future looks bright for the righty forward who has seemingly broken through and provided a spark for a struggling team. Killen is just getting his career started and if he can continue on this upward trend this season we could see Killen play an even bigger part of this offense in Colorado from here on out.