Peter Chiarelli—General Manager
Jim Benning—Assistant GM
Don Sweeney—Assistant GM
Scott Bradley—Director of Player Personnel
Wayne Smith—Director of Amateur Scouting
Griffith and the Knights opened the season with an 8-2 win over the Erie Otters on home ice Friday night where the defending Robertson Cup champs were honoured with a pre-game ceremony that raised their 2011-12 Championship Banner to the rafters. Griffith recorded his fourth career hat-trick scoring all three goals in the second period and was named first star of the game. On Sunday afternoon he scored a pair of goals and added an assist as third star of an 8-2 win over the Guelph Storm.
Griffith, a 19-year-old from Wallaceburg, ON, is playing in his fourth season with the Knights after leading the club with 85 points in 68 games last season scoring 45 goals and 40 assists. In June, Griffith was selected in the fifth round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Boston Bruins.
Also considered for the award this week was Cameron Brace of the Owen Sound Attack who scored three goals and three assists for six points in two games, while defenceman Cody Ceci of the Ottawa 67's picked up a goal and four assists for five points in two games. In goal, John Gibson of the Kitchener Rangers went 2-0-0-0 with a shutout victory and a goals-against-average of 0.96 and save percentage of .964.
2012-13 OHL Regular Season Players of the Week:
Sept. 20 -Sept. 23: Seth Griffith, London Knights
Does playing for a championship-calibre team increase a player’s stock heading into the NHL draft? It may not be the only reason for a jump in rankings, but it would seem to be a contributing factor.
The deeper your team goes in the playoffs, the more exposure you get – more scouts, more TV coverage and more opportunities to make an impression.
Among teams that either won or reached the final of their respective leagues, there were a dozen players that were drafted at least one round sooner than projected.
Here’s a look at 6 of those players. They all enter the upcoming season hoping to prove that drafting them earlier than expected was a good decision.
The 2010-11 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins had an excellent balance of home grown talent, free agents, as well as players who came by way of trade. Although the 2011-12 team was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by Washington, the team accumulated 102 points during the 2011-12 season, finishing the regular season as the Northeast Division champion.
Six of the 25 players on the 2011-12 roster had been drafted by the team from 2003 through 2010, including two 1st round selections (Jordan Caron, Tyler Seguin), three 2nd round picks (Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, and Milan Lucic), and one 3rd round selection (Brad Marchand). All the others either came by trade or were signed as free agents.
Boston has had success with their drafts generally. With the exception of 2005 and 2007, in every draft year from 2003-2010, at least one of the players selected has become an NHL regular. The most successful recent draft year for the Bruins was 2003, when four of the nine players selected by Boston became regular NHLers, with three of those four spending significant time as members of the Bruins.
The current prospect pool within the Bruins organization consists of 37 players, including 28 players drafted by the Bruins, five skaters who were signed as free agents, and four that were obtained through trade.
Boston has very deep pool of goaltending prospects.