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Tkachuk gives Knights 100-point trio

Draft eligible London Knights winger Matthew Tkachuk joined an elite class of OHL scorers on Tuesday night, registering an assist in London’s 8-2 win over the Kitchener Rangers to record the 100th point of his first OHL season.

Tkachuk joins recent standouts in 2015 CHL Rookie of the Year Alex DeBrincat (Erie Otters) and 2012 first overall NHL Draft selection Nail Yakupov (Sarnia Sting) in accomplishing the feat as a first year player.

The St. Louis, MO, native is the first Knights player to reach the century mark in his first campaign since Patrick Kane and Sam Gagner in 2006-07.

Tkachuk joins teammates in Toronto Maple Leafs prospect Mitch Marner and Arizona Coyotes draftee Christian Dvorak in triple digits, making the Knights the first club with three 100-point scorers in back-to-back seasons since past Knights teams in the 2005-06 (Schremp, Bolland, Hunter) and 2006-07 (Kane, Kostitsyn, Gagner) seasons.

The 6’1″, 195Ib. forward was the top ranked North American skater on NHL Central Scouting’s Midterm Draft Rankings released in mid-January after a standout performance at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Helsinki, Finland. Tkachuk’s four goals, seven assists and 11 points in seven games helped lead the United States to a bronze medal finish.

Tkachuk carries a 14-game point streak into a weekend road trip that features stops in Sault Ste. Marie and Saginaw.

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