Re: Great Draft PC!
posted at 6/26/2010 6:34 PM EDT
I like what PC did with this draft. I know the Knight & Spooner picks are not sexy, time will tell he made a good decision by selecting these two.
Heck, I was pushing for Kabanov at #32 and he goes #65, so what do I know?
I found a "sleepers" list and both of these guys were on it. Interesting read from a different perspective.
Jared Knight- Centre, London knights, OHL.
While no Bobby Clarke, Jared Knight has one thing in common with the Flyers best hockey player of all-time, diabetes.
Knight, who stands 5’11 and weighs in at 180 pounds, likes to take it to the opposing defensemen, often taking the puck right to the net. He’s a good skater with great hands who has a gritty side to his game when he wants to play that way.
After scoring at just under a point-a-game pace in the regular season (36 goals, 57 points in 63 games played), Knight registered 12 goals and 17 points in 12 playoff games with the London knights, proving once and for all that despite his soft start to the season that he is for real.Projected to be a late second round/early third round selection, there should be numerous NHL teams interested in landing Knight, including, the Phoenix Coyotes, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Atlanta Thrashers, Edmonton Oilers and Florida Panthers
Ryan Spooner, Centre, Peterborough Petes, OHL
If not for a broken collarbone Spooner may very well be a top 15 pick in this years NHL Entry Draft.
Through 47 games with the Peterborough Petes Spooner posted 19 goals, 35 assists for 54 points. His better than a point-a-game average stands out as one of the best in the OHL, while his above average hockey sense helps Spooner emerge as the total package.
At 5’11, 174 pounds Spooner is a little on the small side, but that’s kinda the way the NHL is leaning these days- smaller players with speed that can finesse their way through hulking defensemen.
Spooner’s ability to distribute the puck may be what gets him to the NHL. That said, you cannot ignore the 19 goals he scored this season, or the 30 goals he scored in his rookie OHL season.
Some NHL teams that may select Spooner include, the New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes, Nashville Predators, Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers