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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Easter; World Under-18s wrap today

A year ago, Bruins 2010 Draft Watch posted this dandy on Easter Sunday:

London Knights center Jared Knight is also an interesting prospect and one to keep an eye on. The diminutive Michigander from Battle Creek, home of Kellogg's cereals, put up 36 goals this year (in 63 games) after a slow start and diabetes diagnosis (which explains a lot of why he looked out of it early on). Although he doesn't possess the speed and explosiveness you want from an undersized forward, Knight makes up for that with an intensity that few of his peers can match. He works extremely hard along the boards and in front of the net...his feet never stop moving. Knight is a natural goal scorer who likes to shoot first, and has really upped the ante in the post season, with six tallies in just seven games (along with 11 points). He was particularly effective in the first round against Sault Ste. Marie, when he and Nazem Kadri worked together to say "Knight-knight" to the Greyhounds in just five games (OK- terrible pun/joke-- I admit it). He's another solid second-rounder and might be a guy who appeals to Boston because of his ability to score. Will probably be able to play wing in the pros.

You can read the post here in its entirety if you like.

Easter comes much later this year (20 days to be exact), and Easter Sunday in 2011 will crown the World Under-18 champion. It all comes down to USA and Sweden.

That will be the focus of the blog today, and we'll get game notes up after it is in the books.

Next week we'll wrap coverage of the Under-18s with more player reports and feedback from scouts as they make their way back from across the pond.

Until then, regardless of your belief system, we hope you have a relaxing day.

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