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London Knights Alumni Chase Championships

May 3, 2012

I’ve been trying to keep everyone up to date on how the current version of the London Knights are doing in their quest for the OHL Championship and a berth in the Memorial Cup tournament. For those paying attention, they’re in the OHL Final against the Niagara Icedogs, having just swept (!) the Kitchener Rangers. But there are also quite a few Knights alumni whose professional teams are still in the hunt for their respective championships as well.

In the NHL:

  • Nashville Predators – Sergei Kostitsyn (’03)
    • Sergei was one of the Preds regular season top scorers with 43 points (17 g, 26 a), he’s expected to provide points for a low-scoring Nashville team in the playoffs
  • New York Rangers – Brandon Prust (’04), Daniel Girardi (undrafted), Michael Del Zotto (’08)
    • Brandon is a glue guy for the Rangers – lots of grit and the ability to aggravate the opposition while popping in the odd goal
    • Dan is the ultimate in an undrafted gem – a shut-down d-man that logs tons of minutes and can provide some points
    • Michael led the Rangers defence corps in scoring in the regular season – expect more of the same in the playoffs
  • Philadelphia Flyers – Zac Rinaldo (’08)
    • Zac is a rookie agitator on a deep flyers team, he’ll need to rein in his temper if he’s going to find any playing time
  • St. Louis Blues – Danny Syvret (’05)
    • Danny is a reserve defenceman
  • Washington Capitals – John Erskine (’98), Dennis Wideman (’02), John Carlson (’08)
    • Wideman and Carlson led the Caps offence from the defence in the regular season and expect to do so in the playoffs
    • Erskine plays a reserve defence role

In the AHL:

  • Akim Aliu (’07)  and the Abbotsford Heat face Nazem Kadri (‘o9) and the Toronto Marlies
    • Aliu is with his 3rd organization and showed some of the talent that made him a 2nd round pick in his Calgary Flames debut earlier this year
    • Kadri split the year between the Maple Leafs and the Marlies, showing some flash and dash in both arenas

At the World’s: UPDATED!

  • Team Canada – Corey Perry (’03), Marc Methot (’03), Kyle Quincey (‘John Tavares (’09)
    • John is coming off another strong year on a weak Islander team, and will be looking to give a good audition prior to the Sochi Olympics
    • After winning two major individual awards in 10/11, Corey and the Anaheim Ducks had down year, but a return to form will also help this star’s ambitions to return to the Olympics
    • Marc has successfully transferred his solid defensive skills from the junior ranks to the Columbus Blue Jackets and will look to provide more of the same in his second trip to the World Championships. He’s currently day-to-day with an injury.
    • Kyle is the latest addition to Team Canada’s defence corps. An all-around defenceman, can play good D, while chipping in with some points and has some power-play experience.

Good luck to all current and former Knights on their quests for championships!

Go Knights Go!

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