I'm pretty excited just to get in and meet all the other guys and get acquainted with the staff and how they run things here. It'll be an exciting time and I'm counting down the days. - Corban Knight
CALGARY, AB -- The freshest face of the Calgary Flames is ready to dive head first into his latest challenge.
Corban Knight, acquired Tuesday in exchange for a fourth round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, can't wait to get the ball rolling on his professional career in Calgary.
First on the agenda for the University of North Dakota standout? Inking his first pro deal.
The second is gearing up for development camp.
"I'm pretty excited just to get in and meet all the other guys and get acquainted with the staff and how they run things here," said Knight, whose 49-point season at UND earned him a top-10 nomination for the Hobey Baker. "It'll be an exciting time and I'm counting down the days."
The 6-foot-2 centre is used to serving as a leader in the dressing room in college, serving as an assistant captain in North Dakota.
He's not sure how that leadership will transfer being the new kid in town when Calgary's collection of prospects roll into town from July 10-16.
"I was always used to being the young buck but now I'm the old fart in the room," Knight said. "At development camp I'm sure it'll be that way with the freshly drafted guys. It'll be fun to get to know those guys. Taking on a leadership role, I don't know exactly how that will work. If that happens to be the case, I'm more than happy to take on that role and try to do the best I can."
But even though he's 22, Knight likened himself to the camp kids.
"I'm like a lot of these guys," he said. "This stuff is all new to me too. I'm going to try to learn as much as I can and soak up all I can."
Given his status in the organization, Knight will be paying particular attention.
The High River, AB product hopes to parlay a strong introduction at the development camp into momentum heading into training camp in September.
"I'm going to work as hard as I can for the rest of summer and go into training camp expecting to make the team based on my performance in training camp," he said. "I know it's going to be tough but you've got to set high goals and that's going to be my goal heading in there -- to make the team."
It's an achievable mark for Knight, who starts his march to the challenge at development camp.