"After seemingly sleep walking throughout the OHL regular season, the big Kea turned it on in the OHL post season as he started to
use his frame more effectively and consistently to play a strong power game down low in both zones and dominated along the walls. He
skates well and plays the role of a defensive minded power centre well. He does not have the offensive skill set to become a top six
player but could serve as a strong bottom six complimentary two-way player at the next level and worth a late round selection if a team
sees that potential."
SAGINAW, MI — Justin Kea made the most of his four seasons in Saginaw, and he’s been rewarded with a three year entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres of the NHL.
Kea, 6-foot-4, 200-pounds, was drafted by the Sabres in the third round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, No. 73 overall.
He becomes the second member of the Spirit this year to sign with an NHL club, joining goalie Jake Paterson who signed with the Detroit Red Wings.
The 20-year old forward was Saginaw’s first round pick in the 2010 OHL Priority Selection, No. 13 overall, and he played all four junior seasons with the Spirit.
After adjusting to the league his first two years, Kea burst onto the scene last year with 22 goals and 26 assists to shatter his career marks, and he had 22 goals and 27 assists this year, despite missing 10 games with a broken hand.
In four years, the Woodville, Ont. native played in 253 regular season games for Saginaw and scored 51 goals with 66 assists.