One had to really be paying attention to have noticed, but it happened. When the Detroit Red Wings used their third-round pick on goalie Jake Paterson at the NHL draft in 2012, the montage of video highlights that were played on the scoreboard in Pittsburgh were actually of the London Knights' Jake Patterson.
Easy enough mistake; one had to feel for the video editor who was probably pleased as punch for tracking down game footage of Jake Patterson, who appeared in only six games for London in 2011-12 while one-T Jake Paterson played in 54 regular- and post-season contests for Saginaw. Ontario Hockey League fans have learned to sort out The Two Jakes, but it might be a little confusing since the Wings are bringing both goalies to their summer development camp.
From Ryan Pyette (@RyanatLFPress):
Goalie Jake Patterson will attend the Detroit Red Wings development camp July 10-15 in Traverse City, Mich., as a free agent. Saginaw puckstopper Jake (One T) Paterson, a Wings third-rounder last year, will also be between the pipes. (London Free Press)
Anyway, in an effort to be helpful, here's a quick tale of the Ts. Best of luck to each of the Jakes.
|One-T Jake||Two-Ts Jake|
|Team||Saginaw Spirit||London Knights|
|Date of birth||May 3, 1994||June 18, 1994|
|Weight||183 lbs.||191 lbs.|
|Sault Ste. Marie connection||Played for Soo Thunderbirds||It's his hometown!|
|Imagined archnemesis||Bo Horvat, who beat him for a last-second game-tying goal during OHL playoffs||Bo Horvat, whom he faces regularly during practice|
|Head-to-head record in '12-13||1-0||0-1|
|2012-13 highlight||Member of Team Canada, world junior championship||Backed Knights to Game 7 win in OHL championship|
|Do you ask him if he knows Nathan MacKinnon?||YES; they were Team Canada teammates||ENH; Halifax dinged him for 5 goals on 11 shots at the Memorial Cup|
|Stats||25-18-3, 3.53 GAA, .901 save pct.||19-6-1, 2.61 GAA, .913 save pct.|
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