October 19, 2018
By: Steve Degler
The final score certainly wasn't what he had hoped for, but it was great to see Corban Knight make his Philadelphia Flyers debut in a 6-3 loss at Columbus Thursday night. Knight earned his place onto the opening night roster with a fantastic training camp and preseason but was forced to miss the first six games with an injury.
Knight was an integral part of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms qualifying for the AHL's Calder Cup playoffs each of the last two seasons. In his 130 games with the Phantoms, Knight had 25 goals and 52 assists for 77 points. He was also a combined +28 in those two seasons. And, maybe most important of all, he was one of the best penalty killers on the team. Did I also mention that he was a top face-off man, too?
There isn't always a lot of flash and bang to Knight's game. There is, however, an effective subtleness to the way he plays. He is rarely out of position. He plays a complete 200-foot game. And he can be very dangerous on the offensive end. He is the kind of player you need to win games on a consistent basis. Not everyone can be the superstar. You really need the under-the-radar guys as well and Knight fits that role perfectly.
In addition to his work on the ice, Knight was a key player off the ice for the Phantoms. He was a constant presence in the Lehigh Valley community. He truly is an all-around good guy. It would be great to see him become a key contributor for the Flyers as they try to turn around a slow start to the season.