Knights beef up on blue-line

RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:53 AM ET

The London Knights just got a lot bigger on their blue-line.

Fearing their back end might be too Smurf-like for a repeat shot at the OHL championship, the Knights acquired defenceman David Jarram, a six-foot-three, 230-pounder, from the Ottawa 67's yesterday for goaltender Jody O'Neill, who plays in Nepean, and a fifth-round pick in the 2007 draft.

Jarram didn't arrive in London in time to make his Knights debut in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Guelph Storm before 9,090 last night at the John Labatt Centre. He is expected to be in the lineup tonight against the Owen Sound Attack at the JLC.

The 18-year-old, who hails from Kitchener and once played for the Strathroy Rockets of the Western Junior B Hockey League, is joining his third OHL team.

Jarram was originally selected by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the second-round of the 2003 draft and moved to Ottawa last year along with Bright's Grove native Brad Staubitz in time to help the surprising 67's win the Eastern Conference championship and reach the Memorial Cup semifinal in London.

"He's a big kid and we thought we needed a little more size on our blue-line," Knights GM Mark Hunter said. "He's a physical player and he's not going to back down from anything. David can play defence and forward and we had lost Kelly Thomson (in a trade with Oshawa) who filled that role of a big, tough player for us."

Already offensively gifted, London will be counting on Jarram to take care of things in the defensive zone much more than adding scoring punch. He only has one goal in 115 OHL games and that came this year with Ottawa.

"It doesn't mean we're done (acquiring defencemen)," Mark Hunter said. "We just saw the chance to get bigger."


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