Three (Future) Star Selection: London Knights
by, 01-18-2013 at 03:30 (1197 Views)
This week we’ll take a look at the defending OHL champion London Knights. Granted a franchise in 1965, the London Nationals changed their name to Knights in 1968. Normally a very successful team (the team has made the OHL playoffs every year since 2000, winning the OHL title last year and the Memorial Cup in 2005 and also had a 24 game winning streak earlier this season) the Knights hold the dubious distinction of having the single worst season in CHL history. In the 1995-96 season, the Knights won a grand total of three (not a typo) games, finishing the season with 60 losses and three ties in 66 games. The Knights have a long list of players that have gone on to become superstars in the NHL including 21 first round selections highlighted by five number one overall selections (Rick Green ’76, Rob Ramage ’79, Rick Nash ’02, Patrick Kane ’07, and John Tavares ’09)
Third star: Scott Harrington (19) - London Knights- Defense
A two time member of Canada’s under 20 junior team, Harrington is a coach’s dream on the ice. Positionally and fundamentally sound, he is the type of defenseman that every team tries to acquire at the trade deadline. Don’t expect lots of goals and assists from the Penguins draft choice, but if your fantasy league counts hits, blocks and plus-minus among its categories, Harrington will have value. Expect a solid NHL career.
Fantasy Value – one out of three stars
Second Star: Seth Griffith (20) - London Knights- Winger
Offensively gifted with the ability to make his line mates better, Griffith currently leads the OHL in scoring with 72 points in 46 games. Drafted by the Bruins in 2012 (fifth round, 131st overall), when Griffith makes the jump to the NHL, look for him to play a role on the teams third line where he can bring some offense to go along with his tenacity and hockey sense.
Fantasy Value- one out of three stars
First Star: Max Domi (17) – London Knights – Center
A skilled pivot with hockey bloodlines, Domi makes an interesting case for the draft in 2013. With 60 points in 43 games, the offensive talent is there. The more telling stat is that he is plus 25, sitting second on the team in that category. The quickest way to impress scouts and your potential future bosses is to play the game at both ends and Domi clearly has this figured out. As far as comparing him to his father, Tie, don’t expect him to earn his way to the NHL the same way his dad did. With just 43 minutes in penalties, the younger Domi has figured out he is more effective on the ice rather than off it.
Fantasy Value – two out of three stars
The London Knights are one of the premier franchises in the CHL. Owned and run by Mark and Dale Hunter, they sit first in the OHL and third in the CHL. Another trip to the memorial cup is well within their reach.
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