Knights eye top prospect

RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 12:53 PM ET

Forward Pat Kane is on his way to London today and the Knights expect to have the 17-year-old Buffalo native in their lineup this season.

London has called a press conference slated for today to announce the signing of the high-scoring prospect who was the Knights' fifth-round pick (88th overall) in the 2004 Ontario Hockey League draft.

His arrival has been the subject of much anticipation.

The five-foot-10 inch Kane, a record-breaking point producer for the United States national development under-18 team last year, was heavily recruited by highly-regarded U.S. college programs such as the University of Michigan, Boston College and the University of Wisconsin.

But he would have been unable to join an NCAA program until he completes his high-school requirements early next year. In London, he can start playing tomorrow when the OHL's defending Western Conference champion Knights open training camp at the John Labatt Centre.

Kane, who helped the U.S. under-18 team win gold in Sweden last year, delayed making a decision on his future until after skating at the U.S. world junior team's training camp in Lake Placid, N.Y., last week.

Any player can attend an OHL camp for 48 hours and still retain their eligibility for obtaining athletic scholarships to U.S. schools.

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