Saturday, June 26, 2010
Bruins select Knight in second round
By Joe McDonald
LOS ANGELES -- The Boston Bruins selected center Jared Knight as their second-round pick (32nd overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft Saturday morning at the Staples Center.
The 18-year-old native of Battle Creek, Mich., posted 36 goals and 21 assists for 57 points in 63 games last season for London of the Ontario Hockey League.
"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," Knight said. "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."
According to Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli, Knight was diagnosed with diabetes last November and because of that, this highly talented forward flew under the radar during the draft.
Knight was brought into Boston and was examined by the organization’s medical staff and he tested very well.
“We’re excited to get him,” said Chiarelli.
Knight said he’s able to keep his health in check.
“I did have a slow start because of that,” he said. “It’s all taken care of. It’s all under control. I’m taking four shots a day. I’m eating better and I’ve got my diet under control. Everything is under control. Obviously it hindered me a little bit at the start, but once I got it under control my game really took off.”
Former Bruins defenseman Nick Boynton and forward Jay Henderson are also diabetic.