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Fantasy Summary

Kňažko is smart offensive defenseman who has tools to quarterback a power play and be an effective offensive weapon. He is a really solid skater with very good hands, shot and playmaking abilities.


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April 2021 – Knazko suffered a nasty knee injury while representing Slovakia at the U20 World Jr championship this year. Before that Knazko was building off his strong draft campaign with 13 points in 22 games. Aggression is Knazko’s game by nature as he is always jumping up in the play to provide any sort of offensive value. Knazko was the standout rear guard of the Slovakian U20 team and is poised to have a big tournament next year with even more development. There is some refinement required on his path to the NHL but Knazko has legitimate top four upside. Buy now in deeper dynasty leagues before his value rises now that he’s returned from his injury. Sam McGilligan

 

December 2020 – Knazko has been named to Team Slovakia’s’ WJC preliminary camp. This should be a big tournament for the recently drafted 18-year-old. He is slated to play a large role on the team’s backend and will be a major factor in the team’s overall success. His aggressive offensive nature is going to keep the scoring opportunities coming, but their goaltender better be ready to get tested. His risky behavior has been known to lead to defensive breakdowns. Regardless, he will be a player to watch throughout the tournament, especially if you are invested in his future as a fan or fantasy owner. Dave Hall

 

October 2020 – Knazko was drafted 78th overall by the Blue Jackets. Knazko is expected to spend at least two more years in Europe before crossing the pond.  Jokke Nevalainen

 

December 2019 – Kňažko is a smart offensive defenseman who likes to join the rush, skate with the puck and use his offensive skillset to set up plays for his teammates as well as quarterback a power play. He is an offensive defenseman with some defensive deficiencies but progress has been seen in that area in the last year and a half. He plays in Finland and has spent last season in Finland as well. He played rather well as a 16-year-old in an under-20 league where he was getting used to Finnish hockey. Kňažko collected 17 points in 49 games for TPS in Jr. SM-liiga during the 2018-2019 season. He then played at the Under-18 World Championship tournament where he played pretty poorly which left big question marks. He then played for Slovakia at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup and redeemed himself. Despite the lack of points, he was one of the best players for Team Slovakia. Kňažko is currently playing in one of the hardest under-20 leagues in the world and is doing a fantastic job for his age despite strong competition. He currently sits at 22 points in 32 games for TPS’ under-20 squad. Kňažko is having a really strong campaign which should help him a lot at the 2020 NHL Draft. Hopefully his World Juniors campaign will go as good as his season so far and helps Slovakia reach a very good position. He will likely be one of the main guys Slovak coaches go to for offense from defense.  Samuel Tirpák

Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.0
NHL Certainty 3.0
Country SVK
Position D
Roster Type Junior
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth August 7, 2002
Height 6‘0”
Weight 185 lbs
Drafted 2020 Round 3; Overall: 78

Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2014-2015 Slovakia Selects U13WSI U136 0 22 2|        
  Slovakia K&B Stars QC Int PW2 1 01 2|        
 2015-2016 HK Dukla Trencin U18Slovakia U184 1 23 0|        
  Slovakia Selects U14WSI U146 1 12 4|        
 2016-2017 HK Dukla Trencin U16Slovakia U163 0 22 0|Playoffs13 2 79
  HK Dukla Trencin U18Slovakia U1843 7 1623 8|Playoffs8 0 33
 2017-2018 HK Dukla Trencin U18Slovakia U1824 4 1822 10|