Knackstedt boasts 210 games of American Hockey League experience during his eight-year career, in which he collected 92 points (38g-54a) with Providence, Rochester and Abbotsford. The 27-year-old initially signed an entry-level contract with the Boston Bruins in 2008 and spent parts of four seasons with AHL Providence.
A native of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Knackstedt spent last season overseas in Russia and Germany, playing in the second-tier leagues DEL-2 and VHL. He recorded 15 points (7g-8a) and 41 penalty minutes in 33 contests. Previously, Knackstedt led the ECHL’s Bakersfield Condors in scoring during the 2013-14 season with 51 points (19g-32a) in 69 games.
Prior to turning pro, the 6’3, 201-pound forward played four seasons of major junior hockey in the Western Hockey League with Red Deer and Moose Jaw from 2004-08. He led Moose Jaw in scoring with 85 points in 2007-08, and combined for 184 points (67g-117a) in 268 career WHL games.
Knackstedt was selected in the seventh round (189th overall) by Boston in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.