by Corey Pronman
In a Jason Gregor piece in the Edmonton Journal, top college forward prospect Corban Knight, currently property of the Florida Panthers indicated,
“After my season finished, we had talks with Florida and negotiations took place, but it turned out it wasn’t going to work out for both parties. We told Florida we were going to wait until free agency (Aug. 15) or a trade,” explained Knight.
Knight was an honorable mention in my top 50 drafted prospects when I ranked them in January 2013. Here is my write up on Knight,
Date of birth: 09/10/1990
Statistics: 41 GP, 16 G, 49 P (Univ. of North Dakota-WCHA)
Acquired: Fifth round, 135th overall in 2009 by Florida
Year in Review: Knight finished off his college career with an exclamation mark, as he was one of the best two-way players in the country and was named a Hobey Baker finalist for best college player.
The Good: Knight is a great puck possessor who displays puck skills to go along with very good hockey sense at both ends. He may not be the flashiest player in the world, but the talent is unquestionably there and he can consistently show top-end playmaking skill as a passer. Knight is also a hard working, aware defensive player and a face off ace who drew hard assignments for North Dakota and was still one of the best offensive players in the country.
The Bad: Knight doesn’t have a glaring issue in his game other than his skating is roughly average. While he moves fine he won’t blaze past anyone.
Projection: He could be a good #2 center who logs tough minutes.