Jared Knight
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Jared Knight

Hometown:

Battle Creek Michigan

Currently Playing In:

Pro

Birthday:

1992-01-16

Position:

RW

Eligible for draft:

2010

Shoots:

Right

Drafted:

2010

Height:

5-11

Acquired:

Trade with Boston, 2015

Weight:

186 lbs.

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History

2007-08: Jared Knight played for the Detroit Compuware AAA Under-16 team.  Drafted in the third round of the OHL Priority Selection by the London Knights.

2008-09: In his OHL rookie season for the London Knights, Knight played in 67 games, scoring 15 goals and 15 assists for 30 points.  He had a +13 rating and added 60 penalty minutes.  In 14 playoff games, Knight scored 3 goals.

2009-10: Played for the OHL London Knights.  In 63 games for the Knights, Knight scored 36 goals and added 21 assists for 57 points.  Knight picked it up in the playoffs, scoring 10 goals and adding 7 assists in 12 post-season games. Knight was chosen in the second round, 32nd overall, of the 2010 NHL Draft by the Boston Bruins.

2010-11: Knight was the leading scorer for London in his third OHL season – finishing with 25 goals and 45 assists and was an even plus/minus with 39 PMs. Knight scored 10 of his 25 goals on the power play for a Knights’ squad that reached the playoffs despite finishing last in the five-team Midwest division. In London’s six-game playoff series against Owen Sound, he scored 4 goals with 2 assists and was +3 with 2 PMs. Following the OHL playoffs, he made his AHL debut with Providence. In 3 games with the Providence Bruins, he had 2 assists and was +2 with 2 PMs. Knight signed an entry level contract with Boston in July 2011.

2011-12: Knight attended the USA Evaluation camp for the 2012 U20 World Junior tournament over the summer and was in Boston’s camp before returning to London for his fourth OHL season. The Knights finished with the OHL’s best record and won the league playoff championship to reach the Memorial Cup. Knight scored 26 goals with 26 assists and was plus-23 with 28 penalty minutes in 52 games; missing time at mid-season due to a concussion and lingering neck soreness and then suffering a high ankle sprain at the end of the year that hampered him in the post-season. In 15 OHL playoff games he scored 4 goals with 4 assists and was minus-two with 9 penalty minutes. London fell to Memorial Cup host Shawinigan in overtime in a memorable championship game and in four Memorial Cup games Knight was minus-two with 1 assist. Knight signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Bruins in July, 2011.

2012-13: Knight’s first pro season was all but wiped out by a recurring hamstring injury. He suffered his first injury in October after two games with Boston’s AHL affiliate in Providence and missed three months. He re-injured himself after one game in January; finally returning to the ice in April. In ten AHL games he scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was +3 with 8 penalty minutes. Providence finished first in the Atlantic Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Knight played one game in the first round series with Hershey and skated in 5 of 7 games in the second round against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He scored 1 goal with 1 assist and was an even plus/minus with 6 penalty minutes in six playoff games. Knight played two ECHL games with South Carolina in January on a conditioning assignment and was -2 with no points nor penalty minutes.

2013-14: Knight skated for the AHL’s Providence Bruins in his second pro season. He scored 5 goals with 14 assists and was +2 with 18 penalty minutes in 58 regular season games. The P-Bruins finished third in the Atlantic Division and reached the second round in the playoffs. Knight had 1 assist and an even plus/minus with 16 penalty minutes in nine playoff games. 

2014-15: Knight played in 52 AHL games in his third pro season, beginning the year with the Providence Bruins before being acquired by the Wild from Boston in March 2015 in exchange for forward Zack Phillips; finishing the season with the Iowa Wild. He scored 4 goals with 6 assists and was -6 with 38 penalty minutes between the two teams. Iowa missed the AHL playoffs, finishing last in the West Division. Knight was re-signed by the Minnesota Wild to a one-year contract as a restricted free agent in July 2015.

2015-16: Knight skated in 37 games with the AHL’s Iowa Wild in his fourth pro season, spending part of the year in the ECHL with the Quad City Mallards. Knight scored 1 goal with 6 assists and was -3 with 8 penalty minutes with Iowa. He scored 7 goals with 8 assists and was +1 with 6 penalty minutes in 20 regular season games for Quad City. The Mallards finished third in the Midwest Division and were swept by Missouri in a first-round playoff series. Knight had 1 assist and was -3 with no penalties in four playoff games.

Talent Analysis

Knight came out of junior as a hard charging winger who was fearless and attacked the goal better than any player in junior hockey. Slowed by injuries early in his pro career that diminished some of his speed and power, he has struggled to play that same type of game at the pro level. He has a hard, accurate shot with a quick release and scored a career-high seven goals in 2015-16, albeit in the ECHL with Quad City. He has some willingness to work along the walls and in hard areas but has not been as effective at the pro level as he was in junior hockey. He has a work ethic and willingness to play a variety of roles that makes him popular with coaches. His NHL potential appears limited.

Future

Knight skated in just 37 games for the Iowa Wild in 2015-16, spending part of the year with the ECHL's Quad City Mallards in his fourth pro season. The 32nd player chosen in the 2010 NHL Draft, the former London Knights star was slowed by injuries early in his pro career and has yet to reach the potential he showed in junior hockey. He does not appear likely to be re-signed by Minnesota and would become an unrestricted free agent. He seems destined to play out the rest of his career either at the minor pro level or possibly in Europe.  

 

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