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2023 CBJ Top 25 Under 25: Samuel Knazko is too good to be so far down the depth chart

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Ranked behind five other defenseman, Knazko has a steep hill to climb to become a blue line fixture.

Thanks to the 79 readers who submitted ballots in this year’s ranking of Columbus Blue Jackets players under the age of 25. Stay tuned over the next six weeks as we count down the top 25.

#21 Samuel Knazko


21st out of 45 eligible players
Writer Rank: 24
Reader Rank: 20
Highest placement: 10th (1 vote)
Most common placement: 18, 22, 23 (4 votes)
2022 Rank: 20th


Birthdate: August 7, 2002
Birthplace: Trencin, Slovakia
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 198 lbs
Position: Defenseman
Shoots: Left
Acquired: Drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2020 NHL Entry Draft (3rd round, 78th overall)

2022-23 Season

The young Slovak wrapped up his first professional North American season this year, playing 50 games with the Cleveland Monsters.