The Florida Panthers have traded prospect Corban Knight to the Calgary Flames for a fourth-round pick (97th overall) in the upcoming 2013 Entry Draft. Knight was originally drafted by the Cats in the fifth-round (135th overall) back in 2009.
Knight and the Panthers were unable to come to terms and instead of letting him become a free-agent, the Panthers were able to acquire a pick for his negotiating rights. The Flames should be a good fit for Knight as center is a position of need. Knight would have been facing much more competition at the spot had he signed with the Cats and was likely looking at starting his pro-career in San Antonio.
The North Dakota pivot had an outstanding senior season that saw him notch 49 points (16G/33A) in 41 games. It was is third-straight season scoring 40 or more points. He was one of ten finalists for the Hobey Baker Award.
Calgary has exclusive negotiating rights to Knight, an Alberta native, until August 15th. If he does not sign with the club by that date he will become an unrestricted free-agent.