Name: Spencer Knight
Class Year: Freshman
Drafted: #13 by the Florida Panthers in 2019
Background: Spencer Knight is a 6’3 goalie who is described as a future franchise goalie and is known for his ability to remain calm in net while reading plays in front of him effectively. He joins BC from the USNTDP, where he was the starting goalie for the U18 team. He played a total of 39 games, going 32-4-1 with a GAA of 2.36 and a save percentage of .913, while setting an NTDP record for career wins by a goalie with 59. As the starting goalie at the IIHF U18 World Championships, he played 6 games with a GAA of 1.51 and a save percentage of .936, backstopping Team USA to a bronze medal. He also made the roster for the 2019 World Junior Championship — and while he didn’t receive any playing time, this was an impressive feat considering he was still on the U18 team at the time. Leading up to the 2019 NHL Draft, Knight was considered the best goaltender in the prospect pool. The Florida Panthers drafted him with their first round pick, taking him 13th overall, which made him the first goalie taken in the top-15 since 2010.
2019-20 Outlook: Knight will almost certainly be the starting goalie for the Eagles this season after Joseph Woll signed a contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. Described as a “generational talent,” it should be incredibly exciting to watch Knight in action this upcoming year. It’ll be interesting, however, to see how Knight makes the transition into college hockey, though a player of his caliber known for staying calm should hopefully not face too many issues.
Fun Fact: All of Knight’s previous goalie masks feature Squidward on the back.