That was a fun nine weeks of pretending the London Knights might struggle to run with the big dogs in the OHL's Western Conference.
In one fell swoop, or in the space of one news cycle, the MasterCard Memorial Cup hosts' defence corps became bigger and somewhat nastier. First, in deference to Ted Nolan, the Buffalo Sabres put their youth movement on hiatus, which means 6-foot-5, 230-pound defender Nikita Zadorov will return to the Knights.
Now, the Knights are getting Nikita Zadorov back.
— Ryan Pyette (@RyanatLFPress) November 19, 2013
Also, London made it 3-for-3 at obtaining coveted overage defencemen, trading with North Bay to get the rights to four-year Battalion stalwart Zach Bell. The 20-year-old Bell is on a minor-league contract with the AHL's St. John's Ice Caps but is not actually playing there, instead toiling in the ECHL.
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