Gagner chooses Knight school

RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 8:52 AM ET

The London Knights will announce the signing of hot-shot forward Sam Gagner at a news conference slated for the John Labatt Centre today.

Sources say Gagner, son of former NHLer and Chatham native Dave Gagner, has backed off a non-binding verbal agreement to attend the University of Wisconsin in 2007 and will suit up this fall for the Knights, the club that took him in the fourth round (67th overall) of the 2005 OHL draft.

Gagner, 16, who is slotted as a future first-round pick in the 2007 NHL draft, spent last season with the Sioux City (Iowa) Musketeers in the United States Hockey League, where he posted 11 goals, 46 points and 60 penalty minutes in 56 games and earned the nod as the league's top rookie.

In 2005, Gagner finished his minor hockey with the Toronto Marlies and was a teammate of Oshawa Generals phenom John Tavares, the reigning Canadian Hockey League rookie of the year.

Gagner was named MVP of the OHL Cup provincial final, but scared off many teams looking to draft him because of fears he wouldn't report and sign on with a U.S. college instead.

In other Knights news:

- With the Edmonton Oilers awaiting the start of next week's Stanley Cup final, the Knights have arranged for top scorer Rob Schremp to fly back to London to attend the team's open house at the John Labatt Centre tomorrow afternoon.

The 19-year-old, who is currently on recall with the Oilers, will take part in an autograph session at 1 p.m. and the team's awards ceremony at 3 p.m. The open house runs from noon to 4 p.m. and admission is free.

- London captain Dylan Hunter will join the Buffalo organization after signing a pro contract with the Sabres yesterday. The 21-year-old, who was a ninth-round selection in 2004, had to be signed by 5 p.m. yesterday or Buffalo would have surrendered his rights, making him eligible for the NHL draft again June 24 in Vancouver.


Videos

Photos