Knights deal for goaltender

RYAN PYETTE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:28 AM ET

Yes, they Cann.

The London Knights have a new starting goalie after acquiring Peterborough Petes veteran puckstopper Trevor Cann late last night.

The deal is expected to be completed this morning. The Knights will send off Russian import forward Sergei Korostin, rookie defenceman Barron Smith and a to-be-determined draft pick for Cann, who played his final Peterborough game in the Petes' blowout win over John Tavares and the Oshawa General last night.

"He's a very good goalie, he's 19 years old and that's what we needed," London GM Mark Hunter said. "We've watched him play a lot. I think Trevor would be the first to tell you he didn't have a very good year last season but he's really bounced back and played well this year."

The five-foot-11, 190-pounder from Oakville is 5-5 with one shutout in 11 appearances in his fourth OHL season. The Colorado Avalanche second-rounder (2007) broke into the league in 2005-06, produced a dazzling 16-4 record and was a rookie on the club that swept London in the OHL championship final to reach the Memorial Cup tournament.

Since then, he backstopped the Canadian world under-18 team to a gold medal, played in the ADT Canada-Russia Series and CHL Top Prospects Game, tried out for the world junior team and played in the OHL all-star game.

Now, it'll be up to him to lead London to another league title.

Goalie Jason Guy, who played in 15 of the Knights' first 18 games, has been sent home to look over his options. He didn't practise yesterday and was held back from the club's road trip to Owen Sound on Wednesday.

Korostin had sat out two of the past four games. Smith, a six-foot-five blue-liner who is only going to get bigger, is the son of former NHLer and ex-Knight Steve Smith.

"He's full of potential," Mark Hunter said of Smith, "but with Kevin Montgomery coming back, there's not much of chance for him to get in the lineup."

Mark Hunter and Peterborough GM Jeff Twohey haven't been shy about swapping in the past. The Knights sent over-age forward Tony Romano there this offseason and when Hunter made the difficult decision of dealing his nephew Logan Hunter in 2004, he picked the Petes as the destination.

Guy's fate was sealed when 20-year-old defenceman and Colorado property Montgomery was sent back to London from the American Hockey League's Lake Erie Monsters this week. That left the Knights with four 20-year-olds and forced Hunter to make a decision on Guy, Montgomery and fellow defenceman Scott Aarssen and Matt Clarke.

"I'm not one to hold the kids back," Hunter said. "I don't want them to have to sit out if we can find them a place to play. Did we expect Kevin Montgomery to come back? "No, we didn't. But is it good for our hockey team? Yes, it is."

With Montgomery back, the Knights have one of the most experienced defence corps in the OHL and their oldest group of blue-liners since their march to the 2005 Memorial Cup.

"There's pressure on our defence now because we're expecting big things from all three sets we send out there," Aarssen said.


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