The twins are interesting... the certainly know when to elevate there game. They're not the best of skaters but get around the ice well. The were part of London's best line in the playoffs and were two of the best forwards last in the 2011 playoffs.
They play on the edge and sometimes go over it at the wrong time. But they play much bigger then they are and don't back down from anybody doesn't matter there size. I remember Ryan's first game he seemed intent on trying to piss off Justin Sefton... Sefton is a tough kid.
Matt is a step behind Ryan interms of development. Ryan played half a season with the Knights while Matt was still in JrB. You could tell the difference when Matt came up at the end of the season.
These two are a menace on the ice and will play pro hockey somewhere and drive alot of people nuts..
I don't think they're normally ranked for the draft (?not sure? - haven't been checking the rankings much this year), but for me, I'd strongly consider taking them in the late rounds. They may not have a lot of upside, but as JL17 says, their energy and determination is going to see them being effective pros at some level. So whether they are agitating and chipping in something on your farm team, or whether they take a step up to something like a Scott Nichol-esque NHL energy line role, it's still something.
They will probably get higher and higher profiles too, since London seems likely to be a strong team again, and they'll assume bigger roles and more offensive responsibility. Worth a flyer IMHO.
I work for the Knights and they are some of my favourite players to watch. Played on a line with Watson at the end of the year. Ryan is definitely the better player and I think it will remain that way. He has some nice hands and scoring touch to go along with his nastiness.. I would definitely take them in the later rounds, not sure where abouts they would be ranked but getting a package deal of both of them would be great.
My guess is Ryan goes late and Matt is invited to an NHL camp, later signed, probably by the same team that drafts Ryan.
My favourite story on the Rupert Twins, courtesy Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal
The highly entertaining London Knights’ Rupert twins — Matt and Ryan — are a royal pain in the butt to play against (they remind me of a double-pack of Darcy Tucker), but they get on each other’s nerves too.
“They got into a fist fight at the back of the bus at the Memorial Cup. (Coach) Mark Hunter had to go back there and said, ‘I feel like a damn father. I asked “Who started it?” One said, “He did.” The other said “He did.’ ”
“Finally, Mark took one of them up to the front and left the other one at the back. He said it was like babysitting schoolchildren,” said Kevin Prendergast, laughing. “They fight with each other all the time, but when they drop the puck, they come to play. They get under your skin.”
As a knights fan I loved watching these kid play. They don't take one shift off, get under the skin of the other teams best player( hubredeau during the memorial cup) and score goals. I would definally draft both of them late rounds, hopefully philly does..
as an ohl fan and seeing them more then some others, i would at least take a chance on ryan. let him finish his junior career then start in echl and see how it goes. matt i think is on a lower level imo. but never hurts to give young energy players a chance.
As a 7th rounder I wouldnt mind seeng Detroit take Ryan. He could end up similar to Scott Nichol, I think the Hunters are great for developing players and on a good team like that they will get lots of playing time in big games.
The problem with the Ruperts is they're so small (I don't even think they're the 5'9" they're listed at) and not exceptional skaters. Ryan is a better skater for sure, so it makes sense that he was the one that gets drafted. They're incredible players from the blueline and in, they're also a pain to play against. Skeptical about the size/speed combination at the next level.