LOS ANGELES _ There should be no shortage of talented forwards in the Bruins future.
Having already selected Tyler Seguin, the top ranked center in the draft, with the second overall pick Friday, the Bruins continued the trend in the second round of the draft Saturday.
With the 32nd overall pick in the draft, which was obtained from Toronto in the Phil Kessel trade, the B’s chose center/winger Jared Knight, who had 36 goals and 21 assists in 63 games with the London Knights of the OHL this season.
The B’s had a sense that Knight was flying under the scouting radar. Although he was ranked as the 82nd top prospect by the NHL scouting combine, Knight scored ten goals in 12 playoff games after he was diagnosed with diabetes and began taking insulin late in the season.
‘I did have a slow start because of that,’ said Knight . ‘I was diagnosed in November and it’s all taken care of. It’s all under control. I’m taking four shots a day. I’m eating better; I’ve got my diet under control. Everything is under control. Obviously hindered me a little bit at the start but once I got in under control my game really took off.’
GM Peter Chiarelli agreed that the diabetes issue is not a concern.
“He’s been completely treated for that, he lost a bunch of weight and that’s when he started flying under the radar at the start of the season, then he lit it up for a long time,” said Chiarelli at the conclusion of Saturday’s draft. “He’s a shooter, this guys a shooter. He’s strong on the puck. This kid is a good player.”
Knight did not attend the draft. The 5-11, 186-pound right-shot center is the first player from Battle Creek, Michigan to be drafted in the NHL.
“I think, if you’re going to look at my play, I think [I’m] just a hard working player, a hard-nosed player who goes hard to the net, who’s not afraid to take the post off,’ said Knight. ‘ I think I have a good skill set too and I think what really sets me apart is my work ethic and the way I work out there.‘
Knight is also sold on Boston.
‘I was down there a couple weeks ago and we tested there at their practice facility and we went around town,’ said Knight. ‘We went to Ray Bourque‘s restaurant. It’s just a great city. I watch the games, I love the Boston Bruins. They’re one of my favorite teams to watch. Their fans are just unreal. They’re really passionate fans and its something I’m really looking forward to.‘
Spooner was the 39 ranked skater in the draft. A broken collarbone limited the 5-10, 172-pounder to playing just 47 games this season but he was not disappointed with the way things worked out at the draft.
‘I was pretty nervous at first, but once I heard I went to Boston I was pretty happy,’ said Spooner.’I couldn’t be any happier now.’
The first order of business will be for Spooner to bulk up.
‘Obviously I’m a skill player, I’m going to work on that, but overall strength and getting a bit heavier, stuff like that,’ said Spooner who has also played with wing on occasion.
‘I’ve mostly played center, but when I played with Team Canada at times I played on the wing,’ said Spooner. ‘So I guess I can do either.’