The Calgary Flames acquired forward Corban Knight from the Florida Panthers in exchange for their fourth round draft pick on Tuesday according to a TSN news release.
Furthermore, according to Bob McKenzie of TSN, it is reported that Knight chose to go to Calgary over Edmonton when asked where he would prefer he be traded to.
Bob Stauffer then tweeted he has learnt that Knight has a family connection in Calgary, making the choice a good opportunity for him.
The deal/decision comes two days after a rumor broke that the Oilers were said to be interested in Knight, a big, two-way center that has yet to break through with the Panthers organization. Jason Gregor first wrote the article that had high praise for the UND grad and Oil on Whyte staff writer Jon McLeod followed that up with an in-depth look at Knight’s situation in Florida.
McLeod included a segment from Hockey Prospectus that had Knight ranked as the Panthers’ fourth best prospect. Florida was also ranked as the organization with the best prospects, making Knight a highly sought after commodity.
Set to become a free-agent this summer, Knight would have been the perfect centerman for the Oilers given they lack a true, two-way, up the middle player that is complimented by good size. His skating is said to be “roughly average” according to the Prospectus report but they still have him as a number two center “who can log tough minutes.”
A finalist for the Hobey Baker Award this past season, Knight hails from High River, Alberta and would have looked great in an Oilers uniform.
Now instead he will be dawning the Flames jersey, making him an instant enemy. The Flames have stuck it to the Oilers on this one and kudos to Jay Feaster for snatching Knight from his arch rivals. Just another installment of the battle of Alberta, albeit off the ice.
At the beginning of a re-building process, the Flames have filled their own hole by acquiring Knight, providing they can sign him to a contract before July 5th. Lacking size up the middle, the Flames acquisition of Knight will help shore up their lack of depth at center, providing Knight can crack their opening night roster. Given the remake the Flames roster is undergoing, it’d be a surprise if Knight wasn’t playing in Calgary next season.
While this one stings a little, there are still plenty of fish in the sea for the Oilers to sign this summer that will help fill their needs. Adding Knight would have been a great addition, but he chose to live in enemy territory and from here on out, it’s just one more reason to dislike the Flames. Not that we really needed another reason as Oilers fans.
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