Saturday, September 24, 2011

Jake Patterson

Jake Patterson - London Knights

6'1" - 176 LBS
D.O.B. June 18, 1994

Patterson played the 2009-2010 season for his hometown Sault Ste. Marie North Stars where he helped lead the team to a 27-3-3-1 record while posting a 2.78 goals against average with 3 shutouts. That led him to being named to the first all-star team in the Great North Midget League.

That led him to the Hamilton Red Wings the following season and became a 7th round pick (135th overall) in the 2010 OHL Priority Draft by the Plymouth Whalers. Plymouth already boasted Scott Wedgewood and Matt Mahalak in goal which would have put Patterson 3rd on the depth chart.

Just a few days ago, the Whalers traded Patterson to the Knights for goaltender Darien Ekblad and three draft picks. Whalers GM/Coach Mike Vellucci said of the trade "We felt we owe it to Jake to give him a chance to play in the OHL."

The question now becomes "how much playing time will he get in London playing behind Michael Houser?' who knows the situation all to well playing behind Michael Hutchinson in his draft year. If Houser's opening night performance in an 8-0 win over Saginaw is any indication, It may be hard for Patterson to get in more than 25 games.

Patterson will wear number 35 for the Knights which drew the ire of some Knights' fans. London draft pick Ian Jenkins was signed to back up Houser this season. He passed away from head trauma after a serious auto accident in the summer. Jenkins was to wear number 35 and many believe the Knights should not use the number this season. However, London goalie coach Bill Dark spoke with Patterson and his family about wearing the number in honor of Jenkins and they all agreed it would be a good idea.

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