William Knierim, a B-rated skater on NHL Central Scouting's September players to watch list for the 2016 NHL Draft, is in his second season with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League. The 6-foot-2, 207-pound right wing has two goals, four points and 16 shots on goal in 12 games this season. The Skokie, Ill., native is committed to Miami University in 2016-17. Knierim has offered to maintain a blog for NHL.com leading up to the 2016 NHL Draft in Buffalo, N.Y.
Hey everyone. I'm writing my third blog of the year as we are just about one-fourth of the way through the season.
So 13 games in and my team, the Dubuque Fighting Saints, sits at the top of the Eastern Conference standings. Yes, we have been playing very well. But I think because we are so close as a team off the ice, it translates onto the ice and that really makes a difference. All the boys in the locker room love each other and we are willing to do anything for the team because we know that the guy next to us will do the same.