Monday, March 7, 2016

Corban Knight Jersey Card

Corban Knight was drafted by the Florida Panthers with the 135th pick of the 2009 session, but didn't sign with the team, eventually signing with his hometown Calgary Flames, who employ his father as chaplain, as do the CFL's Calgary Stampeders. (Officially, it was a trade, but that's the gist of it anyway, everyone knew he wanted to play in Calgary and the Panthers recouped a fourth-rounder for their troubles).

Except Knight was mostly an AHLer in his time in Calgary, only appearing in 9 games at the NHL level, with a single goal to show for it; however, Panthers GM Dale Tallon wanted him enough to offer Calgary Drew Shore (the 44th overall pick of 2009) in exchange for the young Knight, who dressed for the team's record 12 straight wins earlier this year.

It sure seems like he's got a future in Florida.

He had a terrific season in the AHL last year, with 8 goals and 12 points in 22 games with the Abbotsford Heat and another 8 goals and 24 points in 36 games with the San Antonio Rampage; this season, he had 7 points in 30 games with the Panthers, and 3 points in 15 games with the Portland Pirates, but that's factoring in a serious injury.

At 25, he looks like he can be a full-time NHLer for the near future.

This is what he looked like wearing the Flames' current alternate uniform:
It's card #RPM-CK from Upper Deck's 2014-15 SPX set and Rookie Inaugural Materials sub-set, which includes an enclosed rookie photo shoot-worn piece of red jersey.

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