With the season Griffith is having for the London Knights, I am getting emails to do a profile on him. This early in the season, I try and leave this space for first time draft eligible players only. So what I will do is copy what I had to say in the preseason last year about Griffith.
Acquired in the 4th round draft by the London Knights.
Griffith only played 17 regular season games for the Knights scoring 2 goals and adding 1 assist along with 2 penalty minutes. Griffith added 4 goals and 3 assists with 2 PIM in the Knights 10 playoff games.
He’s not big at 5’11” and 185 pounds. He has top notch high end speed, but takes him too long to get there. He needs to work on his take off speed. He is slow footed in his first 3 strides, but when he hits full stride, there aren’t many faster. He has a shoot first mentality, and could probably use his team mates better. That’s something Coach Hunter will work with him on.
I got to see him plenty playing Junior B for the St. Mary’s Lincolns before being called up to the Knights. Griffith was voted onto the All Rookie all star team and the regular all star team. His 44 goals as a rookie in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League earned him top rookie scorer and rookie of the year awards.
His brief stint with the Knights this season and the playoffs will help Griffith for the 2010-2011 season. He’ll do some more growing, and if he can work on his skating (start) I fully expect him to have a huge season under Hunter with the Knights.
He captained Team Ontario in the National Lacrosse Championships. A lot of players seem to play lacrosse these days, and that prepared him for “tough” hockey and I think once he matures physically, he will use that to his advantage.
Griffith will come in under the radar and become more noticed as the season progresses. He is my top sleeper pick for the 2010-11 season
There is plenty more on Griffith in last season's blog found here. It's in reverse order chronologically so you may want to start at the bottom.