Foreman intends to energize Knights

MORRIS DALLA COSTA -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 9:23 AM ET

All the signs point to Jordan Foreman making his season debut with the London Knights tomorrow night at the John Labatt Centre against the Sudbury Wolves.

It couldn't come soon enough for the Knights version of the energizer bunny played at fast forward.

Foreman was going crazy sitting around waiting for his broken foot to heal.

"You'll see all the energy (tomorrow) when I get out there. It's all going to come out," Foreman said. "I'm a little anxious. I just want to be out there. I want to go out and help the guys.

"Sitting out, it kills you. Just ask any guy who sits out, he'll tell you that. Deep down it kills you, having to watch and not being able to help the guys out. It just drives you crazy."

The Knights have started the season with three wins and Foreman is going to make them considerably better.

In 68 games last season, he had 29 goals and 56 points. He also added 215 minutes in penalties. Foreman is a pest, the kind of player you love having on your team, but can't stand playing against.

"He's an energy guy," Knights coach Dale Hunter said. "He picks us up if we are sluggish early."

Foreman broke his foot in the summer while training. Expected to be out seven weeks, he's returning a little earlier than expected. He still has a final medical examination today, but it's expected he will get the go-ahead to play after skating hard the last week.

"I am (looking forward to a breakthrough year) this year," Foreman said. "That's why it was so disappointing getting hurt. Coming into camp before I hurt my foot, I was looking forward to the season and I kind of told myself that this was going to be my year."

Hunter is known for moving his players around, so there's never any certainty about what the line combinations are going to look like.

"I'll play him with A.J. (Perry) and Phil McRae," Hunter said. "He's has good experience, can score and he shakes things up with good, clean hits."

Perry is second in team scoring, but leads the Knights in goals with six, second-best in the league despite only having played three games. McRae, the youngest Knight and their first pick in the OHL draft, has yet to get a point.

"My goal is to be one of the leaders on the team," Foreman said. "To show the younger guys what it's about, to help guys like McRae out. We worked well together in practice."

The Knights are at home again Sunday for a 2 p.m. game against the Ottawa 67's.

The Wolves come to town with two Staal brothers. Marc, 19, was sent back recently by the National Hockey League's New York Rangers and Jared is a 16-year-old rookie.

Since Marc's return, the Wolves have been playing better hockey after a slow start.

The Knights also assigned defenceman Reggie Traccitto to the Cambridge Winterhawks junior B team yesterday. Traccitto, 17, appeared in one game for the Knights. He was the team's 11th pick in the 2005 OHL draft.


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