Flames in on Corban Knight - Update: Confirmed

Kent Wilson
June 17 2013 07:44PM

 

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It was noted this evening by Edmonton radio host Bob Stauffer that the Flames may be making a play for former Panthers 5th rounder Corban Knight. A 22-year old center from High River, Knight recently completed his fourth season at the University of North Dakota where he scored 49 points in 41 games.

Knight's stock has increased since being picked by Florida in 2009. He was a better than a point-per-game producer in college after his freshman season and at 6'2", 200 pounds has the sort of size people are looking for in centermen.

Jason Gregor wrote an excellent profile of Knight recently:

Knight was very poised, polite and extremely humble during our phone interview. I’d say he offers more than just little offensive upside.

He was one of the 10 finalists for the 2013 Hobey Baker Award, handed out annually to the top NCAA men’s hockey player. Knight had a stellar senior year at UND. His accomplishments include:

Finishing in the top 10 in scoring in the nation;

A 19-game point streak, the longest at UND in the last 25 years;

Getting points in 29 games, second most in the nation;

Winning 60 per cent of his faceoffs. In fact, Knight’s past three seasons have been very consistent as he’s averaged 58 per cent in the faceoff dot.

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Knight was very adamant that the strengths of his game are his defensive awareness and faceoffs, but he clearly possesses an offensive touch. He has steadily improved as a player, but he believes college allowed him to grow as a person.

Knight and his agent recently told the Panthers organization they would opt for free agency, which is why the player is available. He sounds like he falls in the org's wheelhouse given how much Weisbrod and company have foregrounded things like character, hockey sense and collegiate atheletes since taking over.

Knight would also add another decent prospect at center, which is where the team would desperately like to build strength moving forward. I don't think he has a high upside as a scorer in the show given his numbers, but at 22 and already a complete two-way player he could be much closer to jumping in and providing value relative to any of the kids the Flames will be taking in the draft.

Assuming they actually acquire and sign him of course. We'll update this article if that happens.

Update

Flames have announced this morning they have acquired Knight from the Panthers. No word on the price yet, but we'll update in the comments when that is released. Sounds like a 4th round pick. A very low cost to pay. 

Knight is a good addition to the Flames prospect pool. In the current top-15 rankings, he'd likey slot in the top-5 at the very least.

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#101 the-wolf
June 18 2013, 04:21PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

He didn't bring anything to the table. Saying "this kid sucks and you're all stupid for thinking otherwise" doesn't improve the conversation here.

I'm okay with any opinion or rebuttal as long as there is meat on the bone.

Fair enough, I'm in Edmonton for work for a few days and I think it's messing with my mojo.

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#102 Halt
June 18 2013, 04:29PM
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DSF wrote:

How can you say Mackinnon isn't a fit for Florida? I'm smarter than all of you and I say he's a fit for every team.

btw Knight will be an AHL player

book it

Everytime you book something, DSF, it never happens. So Knight will go on to have an NHL career

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#103 Halt
June 18 2013, 04:39PM
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Good move by Feaster and WEisbrod, but will someone please explain to me why these guys seem to love pciking up college players. Jankowski, Agostino, Hanowski, Gillies, Knight, etc.

I don't think its a bad move to go the college route to grab talent, but is it just because their both American that they seem to have such a love for collegiate players?

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#104 BurningSensation
June 18 2013, 11:32PM
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We can't all be ass kissers.

No idea who this kid is, which is why you'll notice I haven't commented. But I appreciate the unprovoked attack.

Personally, I think calling someone a troll for calling a marginal prospect a career NHLer and then banning him for sticking up for himself goes against what FN is all about.

What on earth did I say that was an attack?

I defended (at least initially) his right to express an opinion and noted that I didn't think it would be dissimilar from yours - something you actually agree with.

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#105 BurningSensation
June 18 2013, 11:37PM
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Halt wrote:

Good move by Feaster and WEisbrod, but will someone please explain to me why these guys seem to love pciking up college players. Jankowski, Agostino, Hanowski, Gillies, Knight, etc.

I don't think its a bad move to go the college route to grab talent, but is it just because their both American that they seem to have such a love for collegiate players?

A. Weisbrod has heavily scouted the NCAA

B. College prospects tend to be older and are closer to being productive.

C. The age range they fall in is where the biggest gap in current prospects lies for the team.

D. All of the above.

I doubt that being American has anything much to do with it.

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#106 the-wolf
June 19 2013, 07:51AM
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@BurningSensation

My apologies then. Like I said, I blame Edmonton. But I don't "agree" per se, I only used the term "marginal" based on draft spot and what we gave up. I really know nothing about the player.

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#107 Michael
June 19 2013, 09:11AM
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The Flames acquire a center with a 4th round pick and he falls into the top five on our prospect list? What exactly does that say about our prospect pool? The shelves may be filing up, but with what, AHL level marginal NHL talent?

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#108 Baalzamon
June 19 2013, 09:15AM
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@Michael

He only went for a 4th because he was a pending FA. If he was under contract, Florida wouldn't have traded him in the first place.

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#109 Kevin R
June 19 2013, 09:22PM
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Michael wrote:

The Flames acquire a center with a 4th round pick and he falls into the top five on our prospect list? What exactly does that say about our prospect pool? The shelves may be filing up, but with what, AHL level marginal NHL talent?

If they weren't about to lose him for nothing come August, I don't think Florida would trade him for a 4th rounder.

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#110 Baalzamon
June 19 2013, 11:08PM
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Also worth noting that Pronman had Knight ranked 4th in the Panthers' system. Which he had ranked 1st in the league.

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