Perrys thrust Knights forward

RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 9:15 AM ET

No, London Knights teammates Adam Perry and Todd Perry don't come from the same family tree.

Adam is the younger brother of former Knights star and current Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry.

Neither is related to former London assistant coach Jeff Perry.

"I've been asked about it a few times and we're not related," said Todd Perry, a former Barrie Colts blue-liner.

On the ice, the Knights' two current Perrys couldn't be more different.

Todd, a big over-age defenceman, is a stay-at-home type who logs plenty of penalty-killing duty. Winger Adam leads the team in goals (six in three games) and is a vital cog on London's five-forward power-play unit.

But the Perrys have more in common than you might imagine. Todd Perry was picked 230th overall by Barrie in the 2003 OHL draft. Adam Perry went to London one selection later at No. 231.

"What's even stranger is I come from Ingleside, which is a town of a couple thousand people about 20 minutes west of Cornwall, and I talked to Adam and he has a lot of relatives that live there," 19-year-old Todd Perry said. "He has (family) that went to the same school as I did -- Rothwell Osnabruck."

Adam Perry's parents, who live in Peterborough, visited Ingleside this summer before Todd Perry was dealt to the Knights.

In three games as a teammate of Todd Perry, Adam Perry has increased his scoring by potting one, two and three goals in successive games. "Maybe I'll get four in the next one," he said with a hearty laugh.

Attending Anaheim training camp on an invitation last month gave 19-year-old Adam a glimpse of how hard he has to work to play professionally.

"It opened my eyes to what it takes to get to the next level," he said. "I worked hard this summer. I went back to Peterborough and worked at a hockey school and skated, practising my puck handling a lot. Then I went to the gym and worked out for an hour and a half every day."

As an over-age player, Todd Perry's motivation comes from wanting to keep his OHL job and continue to play meaningful hockey.

"When you're in this situation, you have to produce or you're going to be replaced," Todd said.

"As an over-ager, you're expendable. You never know when you're going to be traded. I learned that from Barrie. We have four over-agers here in London, only three can play, and you're always conscious of that."

Coming from a winning program in Barrie to another successful one in London, he's noticed subtle variations in the teams' approaches.

"It takes some adjustment, but you learn to adapt," he said. "In London, defence doesn't play on the power play, but we're out there on the penalty kill. The way the game is now, you might not be out there for six minutes or you might be out there six minutes straight, depending on how the specialty teams go."

London head coach Dale Hunter puts a lot of stock in specialty teams. Though the power play produced plenty in the first three games, Hunter went into Erie on Saturday unhappy with a league-worst penalty kill -- a statistic improved with a nine-for-nine effort against the Otters.

From last year, the Knights know power-play goals can make a critical difference in the outcomes of games.

"We've been throwing the puck around pretty well on the power play and our system isn't much different than last year," said Adam Perry, who has four of his half-dozen goals with the man advantage.

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