Knodel Has Played 9 Games for Lehigh Valley
February 22, 2020
Lehigh Valley, Pa – The Lehigh Valley Phantoms, proud AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, have announced today that they have loaned defenseman Eric Knodel to the Reading Royals.
Knodel, 29, signed an AHL contract with Lehigh Valley on July 1, 2019 and appeared in nine games for the Phantoms after being recalled from the ECHL on three occasions. Knodel registered four assists with Lehigh Valley, including a two-assist game January 15 against the Binghamton Devils. He has played 34 games for the Reading Royals this season and has tallied six goals and 26 assists for 32 points, which leads all Reading defensemen. The 6-foot-6 defenseman also leads the Royals with a +25 rating on the season.
A native of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Knodel spent last season in the ECHL with the Cincinnati Cyclones. He posted 53 points (17G, 36A) in 70 games and was a +38 rating and was named 2018-19 ECHL Defenseman of the Year. Prior to this season, Knodel had played 39 games in the AHL over four seasons, spending time with the Toronto Marlies, San Diego Gulls, and Rochester Americans. He was drafted in the fifth round (#128) of the 2009 NHL Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs.
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