Weight: 230 Pounds
Date of birth: September 23, 1997, Dewitt, N.Y.
Position: Left Wing
OHL Draft: Round 2, 32nd overall, 2013 Priority Selection, Guelph Storm.
Kirwan is a product of the USHL (34GP – 10G – 14A) and the U.S. National Under-17 team (54GP – 29G – 28A). He put in a dominating performance at the World Hockey Challenge Under-17 helping the Americans win a gold medal with 7 goals and 6 assists in just 6 games.
The Guelph Storm selected Kirwan in the second round of the 2013 OHL Priority Selection, but he would never suit up for the Storm. The Windsor Spitfires acquired his rights in June of 2014 for a pair of second round picks (2018 and 2019).
“Luke is a true, young power forward that adds size and an instant scoring threat to our lineup. He’s a player we’ve coveted since he was drafted back in 2013. He’s a dedicated young man who is interested in learning and getting better. I think our fans will appreciate his game and he’ll be a huge contributor to the Windsor Spitfires.” – Spitfires General Manager Warren Rychel upon Kirwan’s commitment to the Spits.
Kirwan had some struggles in his rookie season. In 59 games he scored 7 goals and added 12 assists. But getting into any consistent rhythm was an issue.
Kirwan began this season with the Spitfires. He also appeared in the USA Hockey All American Prospects Game. In 31 games with Windsor, he scored just 2 goals and added 2 assists. He was once again part of a trade and was sent to the Flint Firebirds for Connor Chatham (New Jersey Devils 3rd round pick in 2014), a 2nd round pick and 4th round pick in 2017.
Things improved slightly for Kirwan in Flint where he has 4 goals and 3 assists in 19 games to date. Without getting into all the details here, it’s not all sunshine and roses for Kirwan and his teammates with the meddling fiasco that is the Firebirds’ ownership. To say it has a negative effect on the players is an understatement.
Kirwan has very good size who can win battles in the corners and along the walls. He has the size and strength to make it difficult to knock off the puck and he protects the puck well. He has a good shot and average playmaking capability. He’s shown a marginal improvement in his skating but will need to continue to work on improving his overall skating.
Kirwan was ranked 166th among North American skaters on NHL Central Scouting’s mid-term rankings in January.