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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#51 svat
June 18 2013, 11:57AM
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I don't think you can ever really have a logjam at center. Looking at the Bruins, you can see that having a bunch of centers is beneficial as long as you have a few quality wingers, you can move talented centers to the wing and it will work out. If Feaster comes out of this draft with two centers in the first round I'll be happy.

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#52 Justin Azevedo
June 18 2013, 12:00PM
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@lionlager

http://www.matchsticksandgasoline.com/2011/8/29/2290726/keeping-track-of-the-flames-picks

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#53 vowswithin
June 18 2013, 12:00PM
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How about that, seemingly a win for the flames! This is absolutely excellent. Keep em coming. It sure would be nice to get a hold of Barkov to add to the pool. Either way 3 first should work out nicely and now no pressure to win at 4th round instead we have a known asset.

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#54 DSF
June 18 2013, 12:02PM
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Mark wrote:

Millions had a good point... Knight could be part of a bigger deal between Florida and Cgy. I say give Florida whatever they want for pick 2. Florida is in a position that they are looking for help now. Mackinnon does not necessarily fit Florida. What are the chances Colorado takes Mackinnon at 1? I don't see it happening

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

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#55 DieHard
June 18 2013, 12:04PM
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If he really wanted to be a Flame why not just wait for him to reach UFA status in August and sign him them. Save a fourth rounder.

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#57 piscera.infada
June 18 2013, 12:10PM
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@DieHard

Why not try and get something done before he has 28 other possible suitors whispering in his ear?

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#58 Justin Azevedo
June 18 2013, 12:11PM
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@DSF

troll elsewhere

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#59 JayD54
June 18 2013, 12:11PM
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Pleased at this transaction. A local kid who has performed at every level. Looks like he brings some solid tools to the pro ranks and an ability in the faceoff circle.

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#60 Justin Azevedo
June 18 2013, 12:11PM
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@DieHard

I'll eat this post if that fourth rounder plays more career nhl games than knight.

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#61 DieHard
June 18 2013, 12:13PM
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piscera.infada wrote:

Why not try and get something done before he has 28 other possible suitors whispering in his ear?

He wanted to be a Flame. PERIOD.

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#62 DSF
June 18 2013, 12:15PM
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Justin Azevedo wrote:

troll elsewhere

Since when is stating an opinion, however unpopular, considered trolling?

Good grief.

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#63 seve927
June 18 2013, 12:17PM
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DieHard wrote:

He wanted to be a Flame. PERIOD.

I think it's good business to pay a more than reasonable price than try to make a complete theft. It's still a huge win in the trade, why try to get greedy? Keep the relations with Florida civil, keep working on that 2nd overall!

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#64 BurningSensation
June 18 2013, 12:18PM
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DieHard wrote:

He wanted to be a Flame. PERIOD.

That is a presumption, not a fact.

The rumour is that he wanted to be in Alberta and was courted hard by Edm as well.

I think you have to work pretty hard to see any negatives with this move by Feaster. He gets an asset (a developed prospect, plays C, perfect age, can win faceoffs, defensively responsible, 3rd line upside) for a 4th rnd lottery ticket that is highly unlikely to ever pay off.

More please.

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#66 BurningSensation
June 18 2013, 12:25PM
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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

A. MacKinnon is indeed a fit for every team - save maybe Pittsburgh.

B>. Knight will almost certainly spend some time in the AHL.

C. That said, I think it is also a certainty he gets time in the NHL. He'll get a 4-10 game cup of coffee next year.

Book it.

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#67 Baalzamon
June 18 2013, 12:27PM
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@BurningSensation

It Pittsburgh he could always play wing. You know, give Crosby a legitimate scoring line winger for once?

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#68 BurningSensation
June 18 2013, 12:34PM
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Baalzamon wrote:

It Pittsburgh he could always play wing. You know, give Crosby a legitimate scoring line winger for once?

Agreed, but I think Jones would appeal to them more.

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#69 DSF
June 18 2013, 12:35PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

When it is specifically designed to inflame and annoy a targeted community of folks. Particularly when it is backed by nothing but assertion and/or invective.

Congrats on using a dictionary. My opinion is valid nonetheless.

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#70 BurningSensation
June 18 2013, 12:37PM
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DSF wrote:

Congrats on using a dictionary. My opinion is valid nonetheless.

I'd quit the antagonism while you are behind.

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#71 Justin Azevedo
June 18 2013, 12:38PM
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@BurningSensation

too late for him.

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#72 McRib
June 18 2013, 12:38PM
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Great pick up for the Flames nice work FN for featuring it beforehand. When Corbin Knight decided not to sign with Florida it seemed to me like he would be a great fit for us, but never in my wildest dreams did I think it would come true!!! Haha.

Most people are saying third line upside, I think that’s worst-case for me he was one of the most pro ready prospect in all of the NCAA. No word of a lie Gaudreau and Knight were my best bets to win the Hobey Baker after the Top. 10 were announced, but as usual they chose the best "story".

My favorite comparison for him has to be Patrice Bergeron, which to me is second line upside and as long as his offensive tools follow, his defensive zone play, face-offs and play away from the puck suggest such a comparison. Here is to hoping he arrives as quickly as former teammate and fellow AJHL grad Matt Frattin.

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#73 ctown99
June 18 2013, 12:40PM
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The Flames are looking to rebuild their identity a little, so why wouldn't they play guys like Knight more than just '4-10 games' in order for them to gain valuable experience/audition the players? He could have gone anywhere Aug 15, so the discussions with Calgary must have promised a little more than an AHL spot. Sounds like Edmonton was keen on him, as were some other teams. In the end, you have to earn your spot, but he doesn't have to compete with the politics of higher draft picks getting a chance first in Florida.

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#74 BurningSensation
June 18 2013, 12:41PM
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Justin Azevedo wrote:

too late for him.

I don't disagree with bumping him after his last comment (which crossed the line), but otherwise I don't think his opinion would be all that much different from a more regular commenter here (like say the_wolf).

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#75 Baalzamon
June 18 2013, 12:43PM
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I'd also like to say that the guy has a killer handle. Corban Knight. Basically the best you'll find outside Latvia #RobertsLipsbergs

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#76 BurningSensation
June 18 2013, 12:47PM
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I'd also like to say that the guy has a killer handle. Corban Knight. Basically the best you'll find outside Latvia #RobertsLipsbergs

Great, now I have to google robert Lipsberg

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#77 McRib
June 18 2013, 12:47PM
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Wonder if the Flames will now use that 3rd Rounder on fellow North Dakota bound forward Adam Tambellini, that would be great value! He has the best shot for me of anyone out west this season in any league. Watched him at the World Junior A Challange Team West Camp and it was a crime he didn't make the team hurt his stock big time, scored some nice goals there as well as down the stretch for Surreys RBC Run.

When John Weisbrod was talking about potential trades using one of our bottom two first rounders, if we can get this kind of return out of a fourth... What could we get from a first? Haha. I know Florida's card were dealt for them, but still good start to the summer.

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#78 SmellOfVictory
June 18 2013, 12:50PM
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DSF wrote:

Congrats on using a dictionary. My opinion is valid nonetheless.

Your opinion is an opinion; it's not valid or invalid, because you're not making any kind of argument to support your statements (unless your premise is that you're "smarter than everyone else here", in which case your premise is entirely based on conjecture).

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#79 Justin Azevedo
June 18 2013, 12:51PM
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we're pretty lenient here but yeah ad hominem attacks cross the line.

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#80 Parallex
June 18 2013, 12:53PM
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BurningSensation wrote:

I don't disagree with bumping him after his last comment (which crossed the line), but otherwise I don't think his opinion would be all that much different from a more regular commenter here (like say the_wolf).

the_wolf would actually back up his assertation with at least interesting commentary and wouldn't outright declare himself smarter then everyone else.

No comparison. the_wolf is a good commentator, that guy was just a troll.

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#81 SmellOfVictory
June 18 2013, 12:55PM
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Parallex wrote:

the_wolf would actually back up his assertation with at least interesting commentary and wouldn't outright declare himself smarter then everyone else.

No comparison. the_wolf is a good commentator, that guy was just a troll.

The nature of his statements definitely indicated that he was either trolling, or just cognitively deficient enough that he doesn't understand how to form an argument.

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#82 suba steve
June 18 2013, 12:56PM
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No soup for you, DSF!

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#84 icedawg_42
June 18 2013, 01:09PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

DSF is an Oilers fan. It's pretty clear his mission was merely to take a whiz in the cornflakes.

I am okay with dissenting opinions and arguments when there is some meat to them, but he was bringing nothing to the table in this thread.

are you saying that from now on I need a reason to find Vintage_Flames' commentary shallow and pedantic?

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#85 DSF
June 18 2013, 01:39PM
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Wow, what a bunch of whiners we have here today. I said nothing offensive and people are talking banishment. At least oilers fans fight back, flames fans go crying to Kent.

Good grief.

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#86 Dr Philosophy
June 18 2013, 01:43PM
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The trouble is they can't all be the best player not playing in the NHL last year!

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#87 DSF
June 18 2013, 02:01PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

When it is specifically designed to inflame and annoy a targeted community of folks. Particularly when it is backed by nothing but assertion and/or invective.

It appears someone has hijacked the DSF moniker over here at Flames Nation.

While sincerity may be the sincerest form of flattery, there is, and will always only be one, genuine DSF and it will become immediately apparent that the "poseur" is no match for the real thing.

And, for the record, I think Corban Knight is a great pickup for the Flames.

Getting a player who may be able to step right in as a 3rd line centre in return for a 4th round pick is the kind of move smart GM's make.

At his age, and with his development so far advanced, Knight is the equivalent of the Flames getting an additional low first round pick.

It'll be interesting to see, if Feaster doesn't fumble the first round, how quickly he can load up the prospect bus and challenge the Oilers for prospect depth.

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#88 McRib
June 18 2013, 02:04PM
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@DSF

Soooommmmebbbbooooddddyyyyy opened up another aaaacccccccooooouuuunnntttt!! Only way to explain you appearing again out of the blue... That's dedication!!

Considering the Oilers were going for Corbin "What they were calling Justin Schultz 2.0" Knight themsevles to just say "he will never pan out" out of pure frustration is trolling and meant to be offensive.

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#89 DSF
June 18 2013, 02:06PM
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DSF wrote:

It appears someone has hijacked the DSF moniker over here at Flames Nation.

While sincerity may be the sincerest form of flattery, there is, and will always only be one, genuine DSF and it will become immediately apparent that the "poseur" is no match for the real thing.

And, for the record, I think Corban Knight is a great pickup for the Flames.

Getting a player who may be able to step right in as a 3rd line centre in return for a 4th round pick is the kind of move smart GM's make.

At his age, and with his development so far advanced, Knight is the equivalent of the Flames getting an additional low first round pick.

It'll be interesting to see, if Feaster doesn't fumble the first round, how quickly he can load up the prospect bus and challenge the Oilers for prospect depth.

party pooper

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#90 McRib
June 18 2013, 02:11PM
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DSF wrote:

It appears someone has hijacked the DSF moniker over here at Flames Nation.

While sincerity may be the sincerest form of flattery, there is, and will always only be one, genuine DSF and it will become immediately apparent that the "poseur" is no match for the real thing.

And, for the record, I think Corban Knight is a great pickup for the Flames.

Getting a player who may be able to step right in as a 3rd line centre in return for a 4th round pick is the kind of move smart GM's make.

At his age, and with his development so far advanced, Knight is the equivalent of the Flames getting an additional low first round pick.

It'll be interesting to see, if Feaster doesn't fumble the first round, how quickly he can load up the prospect bus and challenge the Oilers for prospect depth.

You have an Eagle Avatar you seem legit!!! Haha

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#91 DSF
June 18 2013, 02:18PM
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McRib wrote:

Soooommmmebbbbooooddddyyyyy opened up another aaaacccccccooooouuuunnntttt!! Only way to explain you appearing again out of the blue... That's dedication!!

Considering the Oilers were going for Corbin "What they were calling Justin Schultz 2.0" Knight themsevles to just say "he will never pan out" out of pure frustration is trolling and meant to be offensive.

You'll quickly learn that every player is a hero until he DOESN'T sign with Oilers and then he becomes a villain.

Many Oilers fans think Dan Hamhuis is a 3rd pairing defenseman.

Sone of us, no matter which team we are a fan of, can take a more balanced view of reality.

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#92 Hockeyfan
June 18 2013, 02:31PM
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DSF wrote:

You'll quickly learn that every player is a hero until he DOESN'T sign with Oilers and then he becomes a villain.

Many Oilers fans think Dan Hamhuis is a 3rd pairing defenseman.

Sone of us, no matter which team we are a fan of, can take a more balanced view of reality.

I enjoy both ON and FN, now DSF (the real one) that's a funny comment from you considering every player (Schultz) or coach (Eakins) is a star in your eyes until they sign with Edmonton. That's when you stop your praising and start finding any stat possible to criticize them.

YOU are the most hypocritical individual on these forums. You make up stats to try and prove your right, hoping that not everyone has the time to look them up, however you have been busted on it too many times to have any credibility with the well informed people on these sites.

To the individual copying DSF, I sincerely hope it was a crappy joke.

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#93 loudogYYC
June 18 2013, 02:42PM
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@DieHard

I read an article that said Florida gave teams permission to talk to Knight's agent as long as they were willing to enter trade negotiations if they remained interested. So yeah, Feaster could've played dumb and waited until Aug 15 to sign him, but he would end up looking like a douche to all for doing it. Smart on Florida's behalf. There's probably no better GM at acquiring draft picks than Tallon.

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#94 the-wolf
June 18 2013, 03:17PM
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BurningSensation wrote:

I don't disagree with bumping him after his last comment (which crossed the line), but otherwise I don't think his opinion would be all that much different from a more regular commenter here (like say the_wolf).

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.

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#95 the-wolf
June 18 2013, 03:20PM
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Oops, my bad, looks like no ban. That's what happens when you're confined to an I phone. My apologies to the mods.

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#96 piscera.infada
June 18 2013, 03:28PM
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the-wolf wrote:

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.

I have no problem with his analysis of the move (I think it's good, though I understand his ilk as a prospect is debatable), or his analysis of MacKinnon (I agree with him on that point).

Yet, he also stated "I'm smarter than all of you..". Awesome - it may well be true, but no one cares.

He then proceeded to direct personal attacks at anyone who disagreed - not necessarily endearing himself to anyone.

It was a troll.

As far as Knight being a marginal prospect - you're right. All the Flames prospects are marginal, and this kid - at least to me - seems to be one of the better of the marginal prospects. As such, let us have our cake - for a little while at least.

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#98 RexLibris
June 18 2013, 03:46PM
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Kent Wilson wrote:

DSF is an Oilers fan. It's pretty clear his mission was merely to take a whiz in the cornflakes.

I am okay with dissenting opinions and arguments when there is some meat to them, but he was bringing nothing to the table in this thread.

Whoa whoa whoa, I think *98% of Oilers fans on ON would like a retraction of his being characterized as a "fan" of the team. ;-)

*The other 2% either have not posted or are currently serving overseas and could not be reached for comment.

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#99 Kurt
June 18 2013, 04:00PM
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RexLibris wrote:

Whoa whoa whoa, I think *98% of Oilers fans on ON would like a retraction of his being characterized as a "fan" of the team. ;-)

*The other 2% either have not posted or are currently serving overseas and could not be reached for comment.

I've read some threads completely hijacked by that clown at OilersNation. I concur nobody would ever call him an oilers fan. He is a trolling know it all Canucks/Wild fan who spews off guarantees that 90% of the time are false. Ignore him and the world will be better.

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