With Andreas Athanasiou about to make his London debut as a member of the visiting team — and Michael Houser finally getting the green light to suit up in the Florida Panthers pro system — there’s no better time than now to check up on some old London Knights.
There are exactly 11 members of the 2012 Memorial Cup finalist’s roster who are no longer with the Knights, moving on for various reasons.
File this in the ‘Where Are They Now’ folder.
Vlad Namestnikov, 20
Where is he: Syracuse, N.Y., playing for the Tampa Bay Lightning’s AHL affiliate, the Crunch
How’s he doing: Russian centre has played just five games this season (0 goals, 2 assists, minus-2). Since late October, he’s been shelved with a shoulder injury and is not expected back until early December.
Colin Martin, 21
Where is he: Fredericton, N.B., playing for the St. Thomas University Tommies of the Atlantic University Sport league
How’s he doing: Last year’s heart-and-soul Knight has six points in 14 games while racking up 32 penalty minutes. On Nov. 24, the Londoner put up three points in a 4-3 St. Thomas loss to University of PEI.
Austin Watson, 20
Where is he: Milwaukee, Wis., playing for the Nashville Predators AHL affiliate, the Admirals
How’s he doing: The reigning OHL playoffs MVP is excelling in the pro ranks, currently sitting tied for first in scoring amongst Milwaukee players. He’s played in every single Admirals game so far and leads the squad in plus-minus.
Andreas Athanasiou, 18
Where is he: Barrie, Ont., playing for the OHL’s Barrie Colts
How’s he doing: At almost a point-per-game clip, the Woodbridge native is clearly enjoying the benefits of living at home. He’s important part of a potent Colts attack, doing his job as a reliable spark plug on offence.
Greg McKegg, 20
Where is he: Toronto, Ont., playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs AHL affiliate, the Marlies
How’s he doing: After being promoted to a top six role in the Marlies forward group early on, the former power play specialist for the Knights has fallen on hard times. He’s pointless in six games and has a mere four points in 14 total games.
Jared Knight, 20
Where is he: Providence, R.I., playing for the Boston Bruins AHL affiliate, the Bruins
How’s he doing: The 5-foot-11, 202-pounder has pulled a Bruins sweater over his head only two times this year due to a hamstring injury. When he returns to the lineup in December, the Battle Creek, Mi., native will be looking for his first points of the season.
Brett Cook, 21
Where is he: North Bay, Ont., playing for the Nipissing University Lakers of the Ontario University Athletics league
How’s he doing: A shutdown defenceman as a Knight, his three points in 13 games shows not much has changed. The OHL overager last year has been a key reason why the Lakers have the best penalty kill in the province.
Jarred Tinordi, 20
Where is he: Hamilton, Ont., playing for the Montreal Canadiens AHL affiliate, the Bulldogs
How’s he doing: Stats rarely tell the full story for a stay-at-home type, but the 6-foot-6, 218-pounder has an ugly minus-7 rating through 16 games for Hamilton. He’s also averaging about a shot-on-goal per contest in his first pro season.
Kyle Flemington, 20
Where is he: St. Mary’s, Ont., playing for the St. Mary’s Lincolns of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League
How’s he doing: After toiling in the OHL for a couple of years, suiting up for three teams, the tough-as-nails enforcer seems to have found a home in the local Jr. B circuit. In 20 games, he has seven assists and 66 penalty minutes.
Michael Houser, 20
Where is he: San Antonio, Texas, playing for the Florida Panthers AHL affiliate, the Rampage
How’s he doing: Recently loaned to the Panthers ECHL club, the Cincinnati Cyclones, the Knights all-time wins leader is scheduled to get some action soon after tearing his MCL in training camp. He will be looking to make his mark fast and furious.
Tyson Teichmann, 19
Where is he: Mississauga, Ont., playing for the OHL’s Mississauga Steelheads
How’s he doing: With his fourth team in three years, the flashy netminder is fitting in well with the Steelheads, mentoring youngster Spencer Martin. In 11 games thus far, the Belleville native has an even .900 save percentage.