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Posted August 21, 2017 - 11:12 PM

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Uxbridge Golden Knights

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Name: Uxbridge Golden Knights

League: Lower Iron Hockey League

Position: 15th

Manager: Wushuguy

Star Player: Marko Seiter

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Monday, August 22nd, 2017
 

"In an unsurprising ownership change, the former Bellefontaine Diablos were relocated to Uxbridge and renamed the Golden Knights have hired a former manager Wushuguy to look after the team in their sorry state.  Currently 15th in the league, they are destined for a full rebuild.  With the 179th pick in the upcoming draft and a manager that is looking to go younger, there should be some interesting changes to come."

 

"With the immediate release of 8 players, a mixture of aging veterans and young local talent, manager Wushuguy has already begun reshaping his roster. 22 year old Denis Istomin has been named the new Captain of the Golden Knights.  Although one of the younger players on the team, he has been known to have a great locker room presence."

 

"Manager Wushuguy is exploring all trade opportunities in the upcoming offseason with all teams in order to streamline his team down to a younger and more agile team.  He is also exploring trading the upcoming picks in order to acquire some decent prospects."

 

 - A. Reporter 

 

 



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Posted August 22, 2017 - 02:43 AM

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Moved: This post is perfect for the Team Stories forum.  Great job, wushuguy, and welcome! :)



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Posted August 22, 2017 - 04:59 AM

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Moved: This post is perfect for the Team Stories forum.  Great job, wushuguy, and welcome! :)

 

Thanks!  Wasn't sure if this would be league specific :)



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Posted August 22, 2017 - 08:17 PM

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Heading into the draft, the Golden Knights held the 179th pick, 211th pick, and the 225th pick.  With minimal time to scout before the draft, manager wushuguy went this his gut instinct.  

 

Forward Rikki Head (round 1, 179th pick)

 

17 year old Rikki Head comes from the American Wasps in the USJHL.  A talented PF, he will look to step into the Golden Knight lineup and help mash some bodies around and create chances.  At 6'0 ft 203 lbs, he has the size to do so and should be a solid 3rd line powerforward.  Scouts liked his work ethic but feel he could be a little more aggressive and cut back on the ego.  

 

Defender Bartram Schou (round 2, 211th pick)

 

With the 2nd pick in the draft, the Golden Knights selected 17 year old Bartram Schou out of Denmark.  Schou is an all-round defender with a lot of work to improve as well.  He's destined for 3rd line play this upcoming season but could develop into a top pairing defenseman.  Schou is known as a gentle and timid player and stands to gain some aggression as he advances past the junior stages.  

 

Forward Wyatt Daragon-Lafrance(round 3, 225th pick

 

With the 3rd pick in the draft, The Golden Knights selected Wyatt Daragon-Lafrance from the Kaipokok Outlaws in the CAJHL.  Daragon-Lafrance is a high energy and high spirited player.  Although only standing at 5'9 183 lbs, he plays like a powerforward and throws his weight around.  He's a strong and high energy player that plays on the edge but never over.  Look for him to fill out the bottom lines and provide the spark off the bench.  



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Posted August 23, 2017 - 09:42 PM

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In the latest two trades made by the Golden Knights, they shipped off some spare parts and picked up a decent prospect in Dahlberg and a two-way centreman to anchor their defensive line in Alexy Lebourdais.  Both players look to continue their development as both fit into manager Wushuguy's plans as they are both U21.  Look for additional trades to turn up in the next few days as the season gets ready.  It is said that the Golden Knights are shopping for a top Defenceman and a scoring winger.  

 

 

The Uxbridge Golden Knights have acquired Alexy Lebourdais from the Mississauga Gorillas in exchange for Tommy Sørensen and rights to Bohuslav Šebesta.

 

The Regina Blizzard have acquired goalie Marshall Soper from the Uxbridge Golden Knights in exchange for rights to center Fingal Dahlberg.



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Posted August 24, 2017 - 05:41 PM

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In two more stunning trades, the Golden Knights were able to acquire a 1st line forward, 3rd pairing defenceman prospect, and a lower pick.  They also shed some salary and were able to pick up at 21 year old centre.  

 

The Louisbourg Ice Dogs have acquired defender Madox Dobbin from the Uxbridge Golden Knights in exchange for center Theodor McClements.

 

The Hamilton Reds have acquired a LIHL level 1st round pick from the Uxbridge Golden Knights in exchange for Ilan Russo and rights to Wade Arter plus an IHL level 3rd round pick.



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Posted August 30, 2017 - 01:26 AM

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The Golden Knights made headlines once again by depleting their roster for the future.   Sitting in 14th place with all the new signings, manager wushuguy took advantage of the 20 day trade ban and landed a 2nd round pick and a future defensive star in Schroeder.  Both came at heavy prices with trades that were severely lopsided from most views.  However, when interviewed, manager wushuguy explicitly said that he was looking to build for the future.  "A new youth movement is in effect and to get a player in Schroeder along with a 2nd round pick, I think we're in a better position than before."  

 

Of course, Golden Knights scouts have been everywhere during this season so hopefully they can add to their future roster.  With 5 picks in the upcoming draft, could the Golden Knights make a splash?  

 

 

GOLDEN KNIGHTS ACQUIRE SCHROEDER FROM BLUE THUNDER

The Uxbridge Golden Knights have acquired Aidan Schroeder from the Coquitlam Blue Thunder in exchange for Fred Glad, Pontus Winter and Malyk Lefebre.

 

GOLDEN KNIGHTS ACQUIRE A LIHL LEVEL 2ND ROUND PICK FROM KNIGHTS

The Uxbridge Golden Knights have acquired a LIHL level 2nd round pick from the Paterson Knights in exchange for Vaughn Hobgood, Edwin Lavigueur and Kristian Kari.



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Posted September 08, 2017 - 08:19 AM

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As the season winds down to a close, the Uxbridge Golden Knights suffered some hardship under first year manager wushuguy.  However, they had several bright spots and are in a position to shine in the future.  Most notable, young superstar Ilan Russo is currently leading the league in goals and points, something amazing for a team in the position they are in.  Over the past few months, manager wushuguy has been trying to bring in some new blood and future talent.  With the core in place and 6 draft picks in the upcoming draft, look for manager wushuguy to draft smart and build for the future.  The team size has increased over the past few months and should eventually be a natural part of the selection process.  

 

Primary Newcomers:

Isaac D-Astous

Michael Keller

Aidan Schroeder

Adolf Zahorec

Alexy Lebourdais



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Posted September 11, 2017 - 06:46 AM

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Entering the final day of the season, manager Wushuguy was unable to secure extensions for three of their biggest names.  Superstar Ilan Russo, who led the league in scoring and in points, is taking his newfound fame to free agency where he expects a hefty increase in salary.  Newcomer Adolf Zahorec, who anchored the blueline in his presence, will also take his talents to free agency.  Last but not least, free agent defender Juhana Sitala, will also be leaving, although his presence wasn't really felt throughout the season, posting relatively poor numbers but anchoring the D2/D3 lines.  

 

With that said, the draft became the number one priority for manager Wushuguy and that's where the future of the Golden Knights lie.  The Golden Knight scouting team spent hours pouring over the prospect list and scouting performances throughout the entire season with an entire revision and re-ranking in the days leading up to the draft.  As a result, the entire management team for the Golden Knights are proud to announce that they got all the players they had on their shortlist.  

 

Round 1, 179th Pick Overall - F Faton Marte

 

Marte comes from Stadl U18 Lowen in the DEJHL.  Standing at 5'5 168 lbs, Marte is a tiny natural sniper with excellent shooting skills.  His endurance, spirit, and skating make up for his lack of physical stature and he has some slick puck handling skills already.  Although he regressed in his performance last season, he is still a solid threat and should be in the starting lineup in the future for the Golden Knights.  

 

Round 2, 210th Pick Overall - D Younes Aprin-Potvin

 

Standing at 5'9, 170 lbs, this talented defenseman is another shorty in the Golden Knights pipeline but has impressive traits.  He's a natural stay-at-home defender from the North Sydney Kings where he has steadily improved over the last 3 seasons, this year with a career high 17 points.  While he has a long way to go to work on his skating, passing, and puck handling skills, he has already excelled in the defensive area and plays a strong physical game.  He even has some nice shooting from the point and may even see some time on the powerplay in the future.  

 

Round 2, 213th Pick Overall - F Martin Stantien

 

The Golden Knights' second selection in the 2nd round was Martin Stantien from the Hamiltony U18 KLH team in the CZJHL.  A lesser known entity, he's a highly sought after traitset.  He has a great love of the game and is a very responsible and respectful individual who impressed in his draft interviews.  He has impressive size and plays a big solid game.  He's well-rounded but has a slightly higher offensive upside vs. defense.  He's got great endurance for a big man so look for him to toss his body around.  He's another solid pick and though he regressed in his point totals, he was a lot more responsible this year.  

 

Round 2, 214th Pick Overall - F Ahti Ahola

 

With the 214th pick, the Golden Knights were able to select from Inhantehtaat U18 from the FIJHL, forward Ahti Ahola.  This talented sniper has been a 30 goal scorer in the FIJHL so hopefully he can bring some of that skill to the LIHL.  This past season, he took a step back from shooting and learned to develop some passing skills, as evident by his +5 PPA total this past season.  He's got exceptional puck handling skills and has solid endurance and shooting for a 5'11 forward.  He still could use some work on his overall game but his skating is slowly improving along with his other skills.  

 

Round 2, 216th Pick Overall - C Axel Prahl

 

A surprise at 216th, many thought the talented Swedish centre from Saxen U18 HK would have been picked higher.  A natural powerforward standing at 5'10 207 lbs, he's a solid player but his personality may have skewed him away from other teams.  In addition, his performance regressed last season and he picked up some more penalties.  However, he threw the body around a lot to show teams he isn't afraid to mix it up.  Axel has solid skating, physical upside with impressive endurance.  He has some nice puck handling and faceoff skills to boot.  He just needs to work on his passing/shooting and definitely needs to improve his defence.  

 

Round 2, 220th Pick Overall - F Billy Bourgault

 

The final Golden Knight pick of the draft was spent on F Billy Bourgault from the Hindon Predators in the CAJHL.  A very quiet and soft-spoken individual, he said all the right things during the draft interview.  A talented player that can play different roles, he had a quiet but impressive season raising his point totals and showing some offensive prowess.  He's got some solid puck handling skills and has some skill overall but needs improvement in a lot of areas.  He does trend upwards and that's why management took a chance with him.  

 

With the future players set to look for their first contract, manager Wushuguy will be in tough this off-season to figure out future plans.  Should he start the youth movement now and take another year to get them some experience?  Or should he go all-in during the off-season and hopefully allow these talented youth players to develop in the minors?  






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