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Florida Panthers Prospect Profile: Spencer Knight

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Boston College goalie shines in first NCAA season

Beanpot Tournament at TD Garden Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

The Florida Panthers selected Spencer Knight with the 13th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft at First Niagara Center in Vancouver after the prospect goaltender posted a sparkling 32-4-1 record with the USNTDP U-18 team in 2018-19.

November: Knight is doing exactly what was expected of him, and that is be pretty damn dominant as a college freshman. The first goaltender ever selected in the first round of the draft by the Panthers has compiled a 7-4 record with a 1.91 GAA and .936 save percentage for a good, but not great Boston College Eagles team. In addition to his other eye-popping numbers, Knight has also posted shutout wins over Colgate, Connecticut and Vermont and has his club on a five-game winning streak and in fourth place in Hockey East.

January: Since we last checked in with Knight, he has gone 7-3 for Boston College with one shutout, although he is just 3-3 since returning from the World Junior Championship. Against the best of his peer group in the Czech Republic, the 18-year-old overcame a rough first start against Canada to go 2-2 with a 2.49 GAA and .913 save percentage as the American team was bounced in the quarterfinals thanks to a tough 1-0 loss to Finland. His overall NCAA numbers (14-7 / 2.04 GAA / .927 save pct / 4 shutouts) remain very strong and his future is blindingly bright.

Now: Knight finished the season by going 9-1-2 in his last 12 decisions, and ended on a personal-best nine-game unbeaten streak, to finish his first collegiate season with a 23-8-5 record. He blanked UMass on January 31 to pick up his fifth shutout, a total that tied him for third in the nation, in a key head-to-head win that helped BC finish on top of Hockey East by five points. He ended the year with a 1.97 GAA and .931 save percentage. Here are some the numerous accolades he piled up: Finalist for the Mike Richter Award (Top-5) / Named a Hockey East Second Team All-Star / Unanimous selection to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team / Honored with the Norman F. Dailey Award as the team’s co-MVP with David Cotton / Won a total of six Hockey East weekly awards / Recognized as Rookie of the Month (November) and Goaltender of the Month (December) / Posted a career-high 47 saves in a 3-3 tie at New Hampshire in the regular season finale on March 7.

Knight is a highly-athletic goaltender with exceptional reflexes and good size who excelled as an NCAA freshman. With Sergei Bobrovsky signed long-term and Chris Driedger providing more than capable backup, the Panthers are set for right now, so expect Knight to stay a Boston College for at least another year or two before he turns pro. There is no need to rush this potential franchise netminder.

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What does the future hold for Knight?

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  • 54%
    NHL Superstar Franchise Goalie
    (45 votes)
  • 42%
    NHL starter
    (35 votes)
  • 1%
    NHL backup
    (1 vote)
  • 2%
    NHL #3 / AHL starter
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Strictly Minor-League
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