Graham Knott was an early cut from the Blackhawks roster, but it doesn’t appear that’s hurt his confidence as he pulled off a spectacular deke to score a gorgeous goal.
When the Chicago Blackhawks selected Graham Knott in the second round of the 2015 draft, he was coming off of a 25-goal, 43-point season as a sophomore in the OHL. And though Knott followed up his draft year with a down season, it would appear more than fair to say that the 19-year-old winger has found his scoring touch again.
Knott managed just 12 goals and 42 points, a massive dip in goals but narrow drop in overall production, during his 2015-16 campaign, but through four games this season, Knott has already posted two goals and six points. And it was Knott’s second goal of the season that gives some hope that after failing to reach the 20-goal plateau, the 6-foot-4, 195-pound winger could be well on his way back to posting 20 tallies this season.
Knott was killing a penalty early in the third period of a Monday game against the North Bay Battalion when a scramble along the boards resulted in Knott skating up ice in a 1-on-1 situation. His first move was to attempt to take North Bay defenseman Adam Thilander to the outside, but in a deft bit of skill, Knott slipped the puck under Thilander’s stick, then proceeded to use one hand to put the puck back through Thilander's skates, leaving Knott in alone. He did the rest with a quick head fake:
Knott’s goal was only his second of the season, but through four games he’s on a career-best scoring pace in terms of both goals and points. It’s too early to declare he’s bound to break those, but more moves like the one on Thilander and it’d be hard to imagine Knott isn’t having his best year in major junior.
Knott remained in training camp with the Blackhawks this season until Oct. 1, at which point he and fellow OHL forward Alex DeBrincat were returned to their junior clubs.
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