Hockey Canada has announced that Graham Knott and Tyler Soy will join Team Canada for the Under-18 World Championships in Switzerland.
Knott, the 57th ranked North American skater by the NHL’s Central Scouting Service, recently finished up his OHL season with the Niagara Icedogs on Friday night following a playoff series loss to the Oshawa Generals. A big forward who excels on the forecheck, Knott’s sophomore OHL campaign resulted in 43 points in 59 games, making him one of the more effective players on the roster that still hadn’t been drafted. This isn’t the first time the 18-year-old has been called upon by Team Canada, making appearances at both the World Under-17 Challenge and Ivan Hlinka tournaments last season. Knott has been effective at both tournaments, scoring seven points in five U17 games, topping it off with four points and a gold medal at the Ivan Hlinka U18 event in the summer.
Also in his second full OHL season, Soy really came into his own as a scoring threat with the WHL’s Victoria Royals. Ranked 78th by NHL Central Scouting, Soy posted 63 points in 69 games to finish third in team scoring. Originally ranked 152nd overall at the midterm rankings, Soy saw his production increase with linemate Alex Forsberg, an experienced 20-year-old that has floated around the WHL over the past few years. Like Knott, Soy has also represented Canada at both the U17 and IHMT’s in the past, recording five and six points respectively.
After two wins against Latvia and Switzerland to start off the U18’s, Canada is set to play their third game against the Czech Republic on Sunday afternoon, with a start time set for 12:45pm EST. The additions of Knott and Soy gives Canada 13 forwards, finishing off the roster choices prior to the end of the preliminary round.
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