A quick scouting report of the Calgary Roughnecks next opponent.
Much has been written across the Internet about the impressive debut of Edmonton Rush Mark Matthews, but the team also own another rookie who has shown early on in his career he’s got some offensive pop.
Curtis Knight, selected eighth overall in last year’s NLL Draft, does not have nearly the pedigree of Matthews or the physical dominance standing only 5-foot-9 and weighing 160 lbs.
But through nine games in his games in his career, he’s proven he can stand in with the big dogs of the league.
He’s fourth in rookie scoring with nine goals, 19 assists and 28 points – good enough for a Top 30 scorer in the circuit.
He’s earned two points in each of his first two games against the Roughnecks this year.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH:
1. Mark Matthews: The reigning first overall pick of the year is the catalyst of the Edmonton Rush. The 23-year-old is almost John Grant Jr.-esque in the way he makes goal-scoring seem easy. He is currently tied with the Washington Stealth’s Rhys Duch for league lead at 25 goals.
2. Aaron Bold: In the first game against the Roughnecks in early February, he was Ice Cold Aaron Bold, getting the hook after allowing nine goals in under 20 minutes. Since then, he’s been Stone Cold Aaron Bold, allowing 10 goals or less in four of the last five games, including three Rush wins.
3. Cory Conway: Roughnecks fans should already know who Conway is, the righty forward spent the last two years with Calgary before the trade north on Highway 2. Never much of the goal scorer, Conway has rediscovered his dishing touch in his first season with the Rush. So far this year, he’s got 20 points, nearly matching his point total last year with the Riggers.