Another Perry tops Knights in scoring

MORRIS DALLA COSTA -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:54 AM ET

WINDSOR -- A Perry is leading the London Knights in exhibition goal scoring.

No surprise there.

Except this one isn't Corey, the Knight who led the league in scoring last year and took home a ton of Ontario Hockey League and Canadian Hockey League hardware.

This one is brother Adam.

Going into last night's exhibition game in Windsor, Perry had scored four goals in three games, a rate of production that's surprising, considering how little ice time he's received since he was drafted by the Knights in the 12th round in 2003.

He got No. 5 during the Knights' 2-1 loss to the Spitfires.

But such is the nature of this camp. Players get a chance to make their mark. With a lineup markedly devoid of veterans, players like Perry are getting a chance to play, and play a lot.

This Knights team is a club that will go almost into October before they can make a full assessment of what they'll have coming back.

No one is expected to return to the team from National Hockey League camps until the middle of next week at the earliest.

In the meantime, players like Perry have a chance to step out of the shadows.

For Perry, the shadows are a little longer. He'll be dealing with the rather extensive and impressive pedigree left by brother Corey.

"We really like (Adam). He's better than last year," said Knights GM Mark Hunter. "He has a hell of a work ethic. That's why he's gotten better."

No one expects Adam to be another Corey. The hope is he continues to develop into a solid player.

Perry looks to prove himself a player in his own right.

"Those shoes are big to fill, but I'm not Corey," he said. "We're different players and the Knights knew that when they drafted me. I hope there's a big difference for me this year. I hope I'm in the lineup every night. I hope I can work into the second or third line."

He's also looking to establish his own identity.

"Sometimes it was hard last year being Corey's little brother, but he's gone now and I hope to be able to make my own name."

Those who don't believe in the power of confidence or the importance of these exhibitions, haven't had a chance to see Perry improve. Preseason ice time is vital.

Hunter is a big believer in looking at family history as one indicator of how good a player can become. Perry comes from a good hockey family and his play is something Hunter likes. "There's no fear in his game."

And there was Perry, standing in front of the Windsor net, taking a pounding, going to the corner to throw a check or dig out a puck.

And there's no fear in the Knights camp despite the 1-3 preseason record.

"You'd like to win just so players can get a taste of winning," said assistant coach Jeff Perry. "But it's so early."

The assessment is the Knights will be able to put the puck in the net especially when David Bolland and Rob Schremp return from NHL camps. They have to work on the blue-line and who knows what will happen if Adam Dennis doesn't return in net.


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