The Rupert Twins will never be compared to the Sedin Twins of the NHL but they will open some eyes at the OHL level.
Just 3 short games into the season, both Matt and Ryan are atop the Knights' scoring race with 6 points each and have played a very important role in the Knights' 3-0 start.
Here's a look at the twins:
Ryan Rupert - London Knights
5' 9" - 186 LBS
D.O.B. June 2, 1994
Ryan was a third round pick, 49th overall in the 2010 OHL Priority Draft. In his rookie season he posted 9 goals and 18 assists for 27 points in just 39 games after finishing his season with the Lambton Shores Predators of the GOJHL with 15 goals and 21 assists in 25 games.
Ryan has put up very good offensive numbers at every level he has played at. He finished with 90 points in 57 career AHMMPL games, 38 points in 29 career GOJHL and to date has 29 points in 41 OHL games.
Ryan is an excellent skater with a very high hockey IQ. He has great vision on the ice with quick and accurate hands. Although on the small side, he will not shy away from the physical game.
Matt Rupert - London Knights
5'9" - 178 LBS
D.O.B. June 2, 1994
While Ryan has been the more consistent point producer, Matt is holding his won. Last season Matt registered 4 goals and 4 assists in 22 games. Matt was a 4th round pick in the same draft year.
But Matt compiled a career 34 goals and 39 assists in 55 AHMMPL games and 38 goals and 29 assists in 51 career GOJHL games.
Ryan may not posses the skating that Matt does, or the IQ, but the passion is the same. Where Matt could be considered the set up man, Ryan could be considered the finisher. But just 3 short games into the season, it's been just the opposite.
Neither of the twins made NHL Central Scouting's list of players to watch for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. But as fans in London will tell you, keep your eyes and ears opened. Matt and Ryan will make some noise.
Photos courtesy of lfpress.com and londonknights.com