Monday, July 11, 2011

A Knight On The Ice

Ok maybe the title of this blog is a bit on the cliche side, but I admit I have always been known to dial up some colorful titles with a dose of sensationalism in my entries. Anyway, the reason for this title is because of a recent development taking place in the Boston Bruins development camp. Forward Jared Knight has been an eye-opening player that scouts have been looking at for quite some time. In fact, Knight has improved his overall game from last year's camp to this year's camp.

He plays in the Ontario Hockey League with other young juniors who are putting in the hours during the offseason in order to get a chance at the pros. Knight was selected 32nd overall in 2010 and recorded 25 goals and 70 points last season for his junior hockey team. He played three games for the Providence Bruins this past season recording two assists.

I have gone on and on about Steve Kampfer, Jordan Caron, Matt Bartkowski, and Jamie Arniel as great young players who are ready to take on the next level of competition. But Jared Knight's name will also be added to that list and he could prove to be a vital young talent that will be up with the Bruins in the next couple of years.

On a side note, the Bruins still remain in conversation with restricted free agent Brad Marchand. With a mediocre free agent market this summer, Boston still came through with strong offseason acquisitions in Joe Corvo and Benoit Pouliot. Now the only thing left on the agenda is to re-sign Marchand, a task that must get done.

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