Boston Bruins fans should be smiling from ear to ear. Not so much for being eliminated in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season, but more so for the potential of their incoming prospects. Beantown is already well educated on their 1st round selection from 2010, Tyler Seguin.
The crafty right winger helped bring Lord Stanley back to Boston in his rookie season. Jordan Caron is another first round pick (2009) starting to make his presence felt on the Bruins’ roster, and OHL standout Dougie Hamilton (2011 1st round draftee) is an offensive defenseman that will look to make the big club straight out of training camp this fall. Don’t forget about another highly skilled forward in Jared Knight.
Former Washington Capital and London Knights head coach, Dale Hunter, knew Knight was a special player back in 2008. Even after taking the Battle Creek, MI native in the 3rd round of the OHL Priority Draft, it appeared Knight was headed to develop his hockey career in nearby Ann Arbor. Knight had previously committed to USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, but after Hunter watched Knight in the summer of 2008 at a Player Development Camp in Rochester, NY, he persuaded Knight to join London instead.
The hard charging and fearless winger who attacks the net will soon be loved by the Bruins faithful as he has been in London over the past four seasons. He is notorious for coming down his off-wing, getting a step on the defense, and then using his speed and power to get to the net like a bull, taking out anything and everything that gets in his way.
A 36-goal scorer in his sophomore campaign (2009-10) in the OHL in just 63 regular season games played, Knight then took his game to another level in the playoffs as he posted 10 goals and 7 assists in just 12 games. This production, along with his extremely accurate and quick-release wrister caught the eyes of the Bruins’ scouting staff.
Now at standing at 5’ 11” and a hardy 205 lbs., many feel that Knight is NHL ready with his added strength, size, and his all-around gritty attitude. He signed an entry-level contract with Boston in July 2011 and already has three games under his belt at the end of the 2010-11 season with Providence (AHL) where he collected two assists and 2 PIMs.
Not everyone was high on this hard-working and bruising power forward. Like many American born players that took their game north to the major junior ranks of the CHL, he was one of the unfortunate cuts this year by Team USA for the World Junior Championship team.
Knight now seems to be enjoying his current chivalry as he is a 2012 OHL Champion. This past season he again posted another 20+ goal year. He would like none other than to finish up his junior career in royal fashion and be that Knight in shining armor by bring the Memorial Cup back to London and someday too the Stanley Cup to Boston.