Knights not looking for trades

RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 9:13 AM ET

It's easy to say you're going to stand pat when your team has started the season unbeaten in 13 games.

But as far as London Knights general manager Mark Hunter is concerned, trading over-age forward Logan Hunter, his nephew, to the Peterborough Petes was the team's last major move for some time.

"I don't want to be called a liar just in case something big does happen, but we're not going to change the core of our team," Hunter said yesterday.

"If anyone asks if we're going trade a Corey Perry or Danny Syvret or someone like that, it's not going to happen.

"Things can always change but at this point, you'd only be making trades to get draft picks back."

The Knights haven't mortgaged the future to chase their hometown Memorial Cup this year. They lost a third- and a seventh-round pick in next summer's OHL draft but picked up a seventh-rounder in the Logan Hunter deal.

"Everyone always says that the team's not going to be any good next year, but I think we're still going to have a pretty good group with Dave Bolland and Rob Schremp, assuming those guys don't end up in the NHL," Hunter said.

"It all starts with good scouting and good coaching. Those are the two ingredients you need, and I think we have that with John McDonald's scouting crew and (Hunter's brother) Dale and his coaching staff."

The Hunters are getting a taste of hockey life at both the top and the bottom rung this year. Their Knights are No. 1 in the country but the junior B squad the brothers own -- their hometown Petrolia Jets -- are stuck in the Western league basement with a 2-12-0-1 record.

The Jets are in the same circuit as perennial powerhouse Chatham Maroons, who started its season with 16 straight wins.

It'll be interesting to see who loses first -- Chatham or London. The Knights have a good opportunity to extend their streak to 15 games with home tilts against Saginaw tomorrow and Erie on Saturday.

"These streaks are just part of the cycle of hockey," Hunter said.

"We have a good team this year. We're at the high end right now. The best teams don't have much of a drop off from year-to-year. We want to be one of those teams that is consistently among the top."

Hunter said he isn't superstitious about the unbeaten streak -- he leaves that stuff to the players and the coaching staff. But raised on a farm, he said it's ingrained that one should never get too excited because disaster could be lurking around the corner.

"Anyone who works on a farm knows that things are going to come up like weather, injury or diseases and you never know when they're going to hit.

"You just have to work hard and hope what you're doing is right.

"The same thing goes for the hockey team."

KNIGHTWATCH

Tomorrow: Against Saginaw starting at 7:30 p.m. at the John Labatt Centre

Saturday: Erie, 7 p.m., JLC


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