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FOUR LONDON KNIGHTS SELECTED IN 2017 NHL ENTRY DRAFT

From Robert Thomas and Alex Formenton in the first two rounds to Brandon Crawley and Jacob Golden in the middle rounds, four more London Knights were added to the already plentiful collection of NHL prospects and NHL players to come from the organization.

In the past five drafts, 21 players have been selected from the Knights. Go back ten years and the number grows to 35.

Robert Thomas

Thomas heard his name called on Friday night in round one, picked 20th overall by the St. Louis Blues.

St. Louis was one of the most active teams on the floor in the first round, acquiring Brayden Schenn in a deal with Philadelphia and then snaring the 31st pick from Pittsburgh to use on Russian sniper Klim Kostin.

In Thomas, the Blues get a play-making centre with the ability to do all the things that help teams win.

He will attend development camp with St. Louis this summer and rookie camp with the team in the fall.

Alex Formenton

Teams began to fire off picks one after the other as round two began on Saturday morning, which shortened any kind of wait for Alex Formenton, who was drafted 47th overall by the Ottawa Senators.

Formenton is the kind of player who seems to be writing his own movie script. He went from a late 11th-round pick in the 2015 OHL priority selection to a high pick in the NHL Draft in just two years.

The King City native has all kinds of speed and skill, but his ceiling is still relatively unknown. Formenton played mostly third- and fourth-line roles on a veteran Knights team. He will get more high-profile opportunities in 2017-18.

Formenton is the kind of player who keeps opponents honest, thanks to his ability to fly down the ice into the offensive zone…

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