Knight ready for next step with Bruins

Knight ready for next step with Bruins
June 28, 2012, 11:25 pm
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WILMINGTON, Mass. Hopefully casual Boston fans will stop assuming that Bruins prospect Jared Knight is the long, lost member of the New Kids on the Block, and simply lock into his hockey abilities.
The rugged 5-foot-10 power forward is taking part in his third development camp with the Bruins, and looks close to a finished hockey product powering through drills while showing off NHL-caliber size, strength and shooting ability.
I work on my shot all the time. Its something I work on all summer, said Knight, who was a second round pick back in the 2010 draft in Los Angeles. Ill key on getting off every shot and work on my wrist strength so I can get off every single shot.
Knight finished off his London Knights career with a run to the Memorial Cup, and that postseason run in junior hockey kept the 20-year-old from getting a cup of AHL coffee with the Providence Bruins at the end of the season.
So Knight is starting from fresh this season prior to his first full scale pro training camp, and is excited at the chance to potentially win himself a job. With Benoit Pouliot out of the picture, theres a winger job on the third line thats potentially a competition between Jordan Caron, Chris Bourque and Knight.
Caron might have the inside track on the job unless the Bruins land themselves a veteran Mark Recchi-type forward, but Knight looks forward to making some noise in training camp.
Bruins assistant GM Don Sweeney appreciates the power game Knight brings to the table, but also assumes there will be an adjustment period at the AHL level before hes ready for prime time in Boston.
Knight is kind of a player that thrives on playing in straight lines, going to the net and playing in the dirty areas, said Sweeney. He just has to realize that hes been able to do stuff at the junior level that hes not going to be able to do at the next level because these guys are bigger and stronger.
Hes going to need to understand how to get that space back against players that can push back with an equal amount of strength. There will be an adjustment period for that matter, but the year before he played some games in Providence and acquired himself very well. Experience is the only way you can go through that.
The professional experience starts this week for Knight, and will continue on throughout the most important season in his development as a hockey player.