The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired forward Graham Knott from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Joseph Cramarossa, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
Knott is on the final year of his three-year entry-level deal with Chicago after being selected by Blackhawks in the second round (54th overall) of the 2015 NHL draft. His deal carries an average annual value of $935,833.
The forward will be assigned to the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League.
Knott, a 22-year-old Etobicoke, Ontario native, has tallied 22 points (8G-14A) in 126 games with the Rockford IceHogs at the AHL level.
This season, the 6-foot-3, 199-pound Knott has played 13 games for the Indy Fuel of the ECHL, recording nine points (5G-4A).
Prior to turning pro, Knott had success at the junior level where he played 250 games in the Ontario Hockey League with the Niagara IceDogs and Windsor Spitfires. Knott accumulated 159 points (60G-99A) in the OHL. In 2014-15, Knott was named to the CHL Top Prospects Game and in 2016-17 was a part of the Memorial Cup winning Windsor squad.
At the international level, Knott competed in the 2014-15 under-18 World Junior Championships with Canada, winning a bronze medal and having the best face-off percentage (73.08%) in the tournament.
Cramarossa, 27, was acquired by the Pittsburgh Penguins from the Calgary Flames on February 14, 2018 in exchange for Colin Smith. The Markham, Ontario native recorded 31 points (12+19) in 93 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s next game is Friday, Nov. 22, as the team travels back to MassMutual Center for another meeting with the Springfield Thunderbirds. The Penguins next home game is Saturday, Nov. 23 against the Charlotte Checkers. Puck drop between the Penguins and Checkers is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
Individual tickets to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton home games are on sale now and can be purchased at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza box office, Ticketmaster.com, or by contacting the Penguins offices at (570) 208-7367. Season ticket packages for the Penguins’ 2019-20 regular season, including 22-game, 12-game, Flexbook and Premium Seating plans, are available by reaching out to the Penguins directly at (570) 208-7367.
Fans can also keep up with the Penguins through the AHL’s state-of-the-art, high-definition streaming service, AHLTV. Subscriptions for AHLTV are available now. Fans can visit theahl.com/AHLTV now to register for a free AHLTV account and purchase 2019-20 subscriptions.