The London Knights have already encountered a super rookie twice in Erie’s Connor McDavid, pro-calibre goaltending in Kitchener’s John Gibson, and faced off against a couple of rising Western Conference clubs in the Windsor Spitfires and Guelph Storm.
The immediate schedule doesn’t let up, either.
The hard-nosed Plymouth Whalers are in town on Friday, before Dorchester native Boone Jenner and the Oshawa Generals host the Knights on Sunday.
“I’ve been looking at his stats lately, he’s doing great,” Knights sophomore Josh Anderson said of Jenner, the Ontario Hockey League’s leading point-getter. “We always key in on big names like him.”
The power-forwards are both property of the Columbus Blue Jackets, with Anderson getting called in the fourth round of the 2012 NHL draft and Jenner going in the second round the year prior.
They met for the first time at development camp this summer. Since then, the elder prospect has been on a tear, registering four more points than all other OHLers, heading into Thursday’s games.
“Playing with Michael Dal Colle and Tyler Biggs — I’ve got to give credit to them,” said Jenner, 19. “We’re winning games because we’re playing the right way.”
Biggs, a Toronto Maple Leafs pick who left Miami University for the ’Shwa, has adapted to the switchover right out of the gate.
“He’s been awesome for us so far. I’ve gotten to know him over the past month, and he’s a good leader,” Jenner added.
The Generals top trio is due to receive extra attention from Knights rearguards. But first, Anderson and company will have to battle the rough-and-tumble Whalers.
Notwithstanding a lackluster start, Plymouth is a formidable opponent, with 400-win head coach Mike Velucci always icing a top-tier squad.
In exhibition play, London beat the Whalers by a two-game score of 9-5. Both were fight-filled contests.
Anderson was involved in a tussle at Budweiser Gardens on Sept. 7, defending himself following an after-the-whistle slash from J.T. Miller.
“If I have to fight, I’ll fight, but I don’t go looking for it,” the 18-year-old said, when asked what his philosophy is on dropping the mitts.
Budweiser Gardens, 7:30 p.m.
Versus: Plymouth Whalers
The hot hand: Tom Wilson (2 goals, 5 assists)
Of note: Boast the OHL’s best penalty killing unit, stopping 92.3 per cent of opponent’s power-plays thus far.
General Motors Centre, 6:05 p.m.
Versus: Oshawa Generals
The hot hand: Boone Jenner (8 goals, 8 assists)
Of note: Game versus London is the caboose match in a 3-in-3 weekend, playing Barrie on Friday and Belleville on Saturday.
*Statistics heading into Thursday night games
*This post also appears in Metro London’s Oct. 12 print edition