It sounds like Bruins 2010 second-round draft pick Jared Knight will be finishing up his junior career in London.
The Knights are seventh in the Western Conference of the OHL with just 31 points in 31 games. Almost hidden in the middle of a game story from the weekend was this little tidbit from London Free Press writer Ryan Pyette:
“Boston Bruins pick Jared Knight, who said he doesn’t want to be traded anywhere this year, now leads London with 13 goals.”
There are two schools of thought here. You could root for Knight, like many other top prospects at this time of year (including fellow Boston second-round Ryan Spooner) to get traded to a big-time contender and enjoy the experience of a long postseason run. Or you can be satisfied that he’s playing in a great system under a great coach (Dale Hunter) known for molding NHL-ready contributors (Patrick Kane being the most recent superstar).
If Knight is content in London, then at least he won’t have to go through the controversy and upheaval that comes with the lead-up to and experience of an in-season trade.