Prospect Ramblings: Knights spread terror at Memorial Cup (May 21)

Mark Allan


Although he had only one assist, Matthew Tkachuk had 10 shots on

goal as the London Knights breezed to a Memorial Cup-opening

6-2 victory Friday over the host Red Deer Rebels.






Three of the brightest young prospects in hockey did nothing to dim their stars Friday in the opening game of the 2016 Memorial Cup.

On the losing end of a 6-2 score, the host Red Deer Rebels learned firsthand about the reign of terror London Knights Mitch Marner, Christian Dvorak and Matthew Tkachuk waged this season in the Ontario Hockey League.

All three members of London’s top line pretty much had their way with the Rebels as Marner totaled two goals and three assists, Dvorak added two goals and two assists, and Tkachuk settled for an assist in spite of leading all players with 10 SOGs.

This mirrored a season in which each of the trio racked up more than 100 points apiece.

Marner, who helped London to its 14th consecutive victory, has at least one point in his past 17 games. He’s a big part of the future for the Toronto Maple Leafs, who took him fourth overall in last year’s entry draft.

Dvorak, a 20-year-old center, was stolen 58th overall by the Coyotes in 2014. He is a key reason why Arizona has perhaps the best prospect pool of all NHL squads, ranking second among the team’s young hopefuls behind only Dylan Strome. In addition, Arizona holds the seventh overall pick in this year’s draft.

LW Tkachuk, following in the skatesteps of his father (former NHL left winger Keith Tkachuk), might be drafted seventh overall by the Coyotes on June 24 in Buffalo, although he could easily be taken in the first five picks.

The star-studded London roster also features Olli Juolevi, who added two assists against the overmatched Rebels. Juolevi, an all-star for the gold-medaling Finns at the world junior championship, is the top-ranked defenseman in this year’s draft.


Finnish defenseman Olli Juolevi, an all-star at the