Kane expected to face Majors

RYAN PYETTE -- London Free Press

, Last Updated: 10:27 AM ET

The London Knights expect to have their leading scorer in the lineup tonight against the Toronto St. Michael's Majors at the John Labatt Centre.

Rookie forward Pat Kane, who is third in the OHL points race, missed practice this week while nursing a bruised foot suffered during London's road swing to Sault Ste. Marie and Sudbury last weekend.

"It's nothing major -- he'll skate early (today) and he should be (ready to go)," London head coach Dale Hunter said. "It's just a bruise. It only hurts when you put on the boot (skate)."

The 18-year-old from Buffalo, who led the U.S. in scoring on the way to a bronze medal at the world junior championship, is expected to be one of the top picks -- some sources say he could go first overall -- in this summer's NHL entry draft.

While Kane's future is bright, the Toronto franchise's immediate status continues to be one of the biggest question marks in the OHL this season.

Niagara Falls city council took a pass on the Mississauga IceDogs this week, which could stall both teams' current owner Eugene Melnyk's plan to move the Majors to the Hershey Centre next season.

If a buyer cannot be found for the IceDogs, the options remain for Toronto to share the Mississauga rink with the IceDogs or to stay for another season at the tiny St. Michael's College School Arena.

"Definitely, it plays in the decision (to return)," potential Majors over-ager Jason Cassidy said. "At the start of the year, we were told it was 110 per cent we were moving to Mississauga, but now it looks like that number has come down a bit so we'll have to wait and see what happens."

Cassidy, who broke his leg after crashing into the boards in a home game against London Nov. 19, has four points in three games since returning from the injury.

"It was just a freak accident and I don't hold any grudges -- a defenceman and I got tangled up," he said. "I'm excited to play against London because it's always exciting to get back into action. I've missed 25 games the past two seasons. I broke my jaw last year and got four screws in put in there and now I have a plate and screws from my broken leg.

"All the sirens would go off (when he walked through a metal detector). I'm just looking forward to playing a full season again."


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