Michael Houser played 62 regular-season games this past OHL season.
He knows if he returns to the London Knights crease this fall, things are going to change.
"I understand if I'm back, it's going to be a different situation because they have some options in net," said Houser, a potential overager. "My goal is to start my pro career, but if I do end up coming back, I told them I'll be ready to play as much as they need.
"I know it probably won't be 62 again and playing that much might not be the best for long-term success, but like I told them, I'm going to prepare this summer as if that's going to be the case."
In an ideal world, the Knights would use Houser in 45 $regular-season games. The club announced the signing of their first-round pick - 15-year-old goalie Liam Herbst - on Tuesday, so the former Mississauga Rebel will be in the mix for playing time. (The team also signed second-round pick Owen MacDonald and fourth-round defenceman Santino Centorame).
"Make no mistake, Michael Houser is our starting goalie," London GM Mark Hunter said. "We want him back in our net. He's been our starter for the last two years and we wouldn't have won without him this year."
By Ryan Pyette, The London Free Press, June 19, 2012
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