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
Weight: 198 lbs
Acquired: Drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2020 NHL Entry Draft (3rd round, 78th overall)
The young Slovak wrapped up his first professional North American season this year, playing 50 games with the Cleveland Monsters.