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Here is a story on Jared Knight at the Worcester Telegram: http://www.telegram.com/article/2012...45/1009/sports

Will he be in Providence this year or take the spot open in the Pouliot trade?

The third pick in the Toronto heist was a 2010 second-rounder, the Bruins using the 32nd overall selection on forward Jared Knight. The 20-year-old Michigan native likely will spend this winter in Providence, although Boston is a possibility. Those decisions are made by others. The only thing Knight can control is himself, and the plan is to show up here for training camp in September looking to make a positive impression.

“I’m just going to come in like I have the last few years, in shape and play my hardest,” he said this week during a break in the Bruins’ sixth annual Development Camp at Ristuccia Arena. “That’s really all you can do. It’ll be my third time going to a training camp, so I’ll kind of know what to expect and give it my best.”

The Bruins do have an opening up front after trading Benoit Pouliot to Tampa Bay last week. Although it’s apparently been bequeathed to Jordan Caron, the 5-foot-10, 198-pound Knight plays the kind of hockey the front office and fans in Boston are absolutely enamored with.

“Knighter is kind of a player who thrives on playing in straight lines and going to the net and playing in the dirty areas,” assistant general manager Don Sweeney said. “He just has to realize he’s been able to do some of the stuff physically at the junior level that, at the next level, these guys are going to be bigger and stronger and he’s going to have to understand how to get that space back against bigger players who can push back equally as hard as he can push. So there’s probably going to be an adjustment period for him.”

Knight will mix it up down low, but he’s more than a mucker. He’s got a hard, accurate shot and soft hands when it comes to passing. It all makes for a nice, balanced offensive game.
Knight's shot is already at the upper tier of the NHL; I knew it, I heard it, and for those who want to see it go watch the two bombs he took in game 1 of the Memorial Cup roundrobin- he took a slap shot that the goalie has still not moved on that hit the cross bar, bounced so far out that Shawingan picked up the puck and went down and put the dagger in London (I'll find the link); and a few minutes later let go an unscreened wrister from about 20 feet out you can see the goalie moving after it rung the post half way up and was already coming back towards Knight.

and the lack of goals on London? Dale Hunter had him play the Bergeron shut down role often with the Ruppert twins. There was no Nazem Kadri at center getting him the puck and Knight with the two Rupperts was the leader in forwards in +/- the OHL for most of the year. I heard Bergeron if he wanted could flirt or score 30 every year if he was just a bit more selfish but we all know that's not how Patrice runs- same personality for Knight. I know high school hockey players who have bigger egos than JK and I'm not kidding.

Knight has enough power in his skating stride to get plenty of jump, and he has been focusing on stickhandling skills that will buy him more time down low. He took off his skates after the Memorial Cup final game and never put them back on till he took the ice in Wilmington. His ankle apparently survived the power skating and the 5 days and he should be at or close to 100% with another 2 months off it.

I think his floor is probably 3rd liner his ceiling is 30+ goals on the top six forwards.

He will lay out cleanly his opponents and is not looking to blow people up for the sake of highlights, but will unload on them in the the context of the play. My bud who occasionally posts here told me hit Yakupov at center ice one time with a clean hit and Nail was spinning around like a top for 3 seconds.

He has health he has a heck of a career- starting mid September.


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