FC Rank 52
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Player Profile
Left Wing
Univ. of Minnesota
205 lbs
Place of Birth
Phoenix, AZ  

Knies, selected in the second-round (No. 57) of the 2021 draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs, is a power-forward who has a high compete level. He’s at his best when he has the puck in bottom half of the offensive zone. Knies is great out of the cycle. He knows how to use his body to protect the puck and has the patience to wait for teammates to get open in the prime scoring areas. His compete-level and strength allow him to have excellent success in loose puck battles. Knies can outmuscle any opponent on the ice and regain control of the puck easily for his team. His puck skills are good, not elite, but they are good enough for him to beat opposing players in one-on-one situations. He is a good playmaking threat, and has the shooting ability to beat goalies from the slot when given time and space to get a shot off. The only concern with Knies is his pace. He’s an okay skater but struggles to keep up in quicker sequences. If his skating flatlines, it may be a little more difficult for him to adjust to the professional game — so it will be an area to monitor with him going forward. Toronto has a solid prospect in Knies — he brings some elements to the table that their pipeline is missing. His physicality and offensive scoring ability should allow him to develop into a quality bottom-six scoring winger for the Leafs. I think his ceiling is a second-liner who plays in multiple situations, but that’s if everything works out perfectly in his development.

Austin Broad
Scout Profile

Game Results

August 13, 2022
Team USA

Player Report

Skating 5
Shooting 7
Puckhandling 6
Playmaking 6
Offensive Awareness 7
Defensive Awareness 7
Compete 8

Matthew Knies's Reports

Aug 14/22 Matthew Knies 24072 – Team USA vs. Austria WJC-20 by Austin Broad View Summary
Apr 8/22 Matthew Knies 23703 – Minnesota vs. Minnesota State NCAA by Shaun Richardson View Summary
Mar 21/22 Matthew Knies 23610 – Michigan vs. Minnesota NCAA by Austin Broad View Summary
Feb 17/22 Matthew Knies 23449 – Team USA vs. Germany OLYMPICS by Joseph Aleong View Summary
Feb 14/22 Matthew Knies 23433 – Team USA vs. China OLYMPICS by Jake Janso View Summary
Dec 29/21 Matthew Knies 23078 – Team USA vs. Slovakia WJC-20 by Jayce Hopia View Summary
Dec 21/21 Matthew Knies 22949 – Sweden vs. Team USA WJSS by Mat Sheridan View Summary
Apr 21/21 Matthew Knies 21982 – All-American Prospects Game AAPG by Dylan Galloway View Summary
Apr 19/21 Matthew Knies 21971 – Des Moines vs. Tri-City USHL by Dylan Krill View Summary
Jan 9/21 Matthew Knies 21550 – Lincoln vs. Tri-City USHL by Dylan Krill View Summary
Nov 26/20 Matthew Knies 21384 – Tri-City vs. Sioux City USHL by Dylan Galloway View Summary
Nov 21/20 Matthew Knies 21354 – Tri-City vs. Omaha USHL by FCHockey Staff View Summary