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Golden Knights' Chandler Stephenson: Given clean bill of health
According to general manager Kelly McCrimmon, Stephenson (undisclosed) will be available to play if and when the NHL resumes its season, Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports.
Stephenson missed Vegas' last game prior to the NHL's suspension of play, but he's had plenty of time to recover over the past two-plus months. The former Capital, who's picked up 11 goals and 26 points this campaign, will return to a middle-six role if and when the NHL resumes its season.... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' Max Pacioretty: Healthy enough to play
Per general manager Kelly McCrimmon, Pacioretty (lower body) will be ready to rock if and when the NHL returns to play, Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports.
Pacioretty suffered a lower-body injury in the Golden Knights' final contest prior to the stoppage, but the break has evidently afforded him enough time to make a full recovery. The 31-year-old winger has been one of Vegas' best players this season, racking up 32 goals and 66 points in 71 games, so it goes without saying that the team will be happy to have him available if and when the NHL resumes its season.... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' Mark Stone: Will be ready if season resumes
According to general manager Kelly McCrimmon, Stone (lower body) will be healthy enough to play if and when the NHL resumes its season, Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports.
Stone missed the Golden Knights' last five games prior to the league suspending play. At that point he was considered week-to-week with a lower-body injury, so the pause couldn't have come at a better time for him. The 28-year-old winger has had a fantastic year, racking up 21 goals and 63 points in just 65 games. He'll resume his duties on Vegas' top line and first power-play unit if and when the NHL resumes its season.... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' Alex Tuch: Ready for restart
Tuch (lower body) is healthy and available to play, Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports.
Tuch has used the extra time off to get fully fit. Prior to getting hurt, the winger managed two goals and two helpers in his previous seven outings. The Syracuse native figures to slot back into a third-line role and could be a solid value play in DFS contests once play resumes.... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' Jack Dugan: Agrees to entry-level deal
Dugan will forego his remaining years of NCAA eligibility to sign with Vegas, the team announced Monday.
Dugan led the NCAA with 52 points in 34 games for Providence this season and will now make the jump to the professional ranks. The winger was drafted by the Golden Knights in the fifth round of the 2017 NHL Draft. With the start of the AHL 2020-21 season up in the air, the Rochester, New York native could get an immediate shot with the 23-man roster heading into next year.... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' Nicolas Roy: Secures two-year extension
Roy inked a two-year, $1.5 million contract extension with Vegas on Wednesday.
Roy saw action in 28 games for the Golden Knights this season prior to the league going on hiatus, in which he notched five goals, five helpers and 42 shots. The center frequently moved between leagues this year in order to help the team with a cap crunch but should be a full-time NHL contributor heading into the 2020-21 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' Max Pacioretty: Preparing for return
Pacioretty (lower body) indicated Saturday that he's working to be ready to play when the NHL season resumes, NHL.com reports.
The Golden Knights announced March 11 that Pacioretty was week-to-week with a lower-body injury suffered in the team's previous game. One day later, the NHL suspended its season, so the 31-year-old winger has yet to miss any game action because of the injury. Though Pacioretty didn't specify where he stands in his recovery at this point, he'll likely be at or near full health when the Knights are cleared to train again. The NHL has yet to pinpoint a target date for the season to resume, so Pacioretty will presumably continue to work out on his own for at least a few more weeks.... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' Nick Cousins: Chasing career-best total
Cousins has a chance to establish a new career high in points if the 2019-20 campaign ultimately resumes; he's produced 10 goals and 15 assists between the Canadiens and Golden Knights.
Cousins' role hasn't changed since Montreal traded him to Vegas at the deadline, as he's still averaging over a minute of power-play ice time to complement his third-line duties at even strength. The Golden Knights also sit atop the Pacific Division, which further suggests that Cousins has plenty of peer support in his new digs. We wouldn't expect him to suddenly emerge as a fantasy hockey darling, but Cousins checks out as a solid, budget-friendly flier to consider if and when the season picks up where it left off. He needs just three points for a new career high in points.... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' William Karlsson: Struggling to find back of net
Karlsson has 15 goals, 46 points and a plus-11 rating in 63 games this season.
Karlsson's offensive production has tapered off quickly after his breakout campaign in 2017-18 -- over the last three seasons, he's tallied 78, 56 and 46 points, respectively. The 27-year-old forward has just two power-play goals while his shooting percentage has fallen to 10.9 percent.... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' Paul Stastny: Production lacking at even strength
Despite playing all 71 games for the Golden Knights this season, Stastny only ranks seventh on the team in points with 17 goals and 21 assists.
Stastny's ice-time average has dropped by close to a minute per game compared to last season (18:06 vs. 17:08), but the good news is that he's back to a double-digit output on the man advantage for the first time in four years. Stastny has five power-play goals and five power-play helpers thanks in large part to his role on the first unit. The veteran pivot has extensive playoff experience and remains a decent low-end fantasy option should the 2019-20 campaign ultimately resume.... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' Zach Whitecloud: Earns contract extension
Whitecloud inked a two-year, $1.45 million contract extension with the Golden Knights on Sunday.
Whitecloud's contract will run through the 2021-22 season. The 23-year-old saw action in 16 games with the big club this year, earning an assist across 14:19 of average ice time. Whitecloud still doesn't warrant fantasy relevancy yet with low numbers across the board to this point in his career.... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' Ivan Morozov: Hyped long-term prospect
Morozov, who the Golden Knights drafted 61st overall in 2018, figures to eventually blossom into a "major contributor" for the young franchise, Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports.
Granger reminds us that the 19-year-old phenom is already capable of competing against his elders in the KHL. Brimming with confidence following a highly successful run at the IIHF World Junior Championships over the winter, the 6-foot-1, 178-pound winger with supreme on-ice vision produced five goals and two assists through 16 games for SKA St. Petersburg. Since Morozov reportedly is under contract with that club for two more seasons, fantasy owners can safely wait at least that long before giving him a look in keeper/dynasty formats.... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' Jon Merrill: Steady low-end contributor
Merrill generated two goals, five assists and a plus-9 rating through 49 games prior to the season's suspension.
A well-rounded blueliner, Merill is capable of chipping in on both ends of the ice, as he's also produced 51 hits and 71 blocked shots as part of the 2019-20 campaign. Vegas acquiring Alec Martinez at the trade deadline cut into Merrill's opportunities, but the latter can be relied upon in a pinch if the NHL campaign ultimately resumes.... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' Jack Dugan: Signing on hold
The Golden Knights are prioritizing the eventual signing of Dugan, who led the NCAA in points with 10 goals and 42 assists through 34 games, but Golden Knights GM Kelly McCrimmon is waiting for the right opportunity to ink the prospect, Dave Schoen of the Las Vegas Review Journal reports.
Dugan, a Hobey Baker finalist, has made tremendous strides playing for Providence College the past two seasons, and in hindsight, Vegas indubitably had the ultimate steal when it nabbed the winger in the fifth round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. "We'll have discussions with his representatives here at an appropriate point," McCrimmon said. "It hasn't been pressing because there's no hockey being played. But those are conversations we'll have here as we move along."... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' Brayden McNabb: Among league leaders in hits
McNabb ranks ninth in the league with 201 hits in 2019-20.
McNabb's teammate Ryan Reaves leads the way with 316 hits, with both skaters having appeared in all 71 games prior to the NHL's hiatus. McNabb has already surpassed last season's hit totals, and he needs just 15 more to eclipse his career-high mark from the 2017-18 campaign. The rugged defenseman is lagging behind offensively with only two goals and seven assists comprising his point total, but he's averaging 20:01 of ice time and remains an integral top-pairing option for a Vegas team that sits atop the Pacific Division standings.... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' Deryk Engelland: Taking back seat to younger players
Engelland has appeared in only one of a possible 17 games this calendar year.
Vegas traded for veteran Alec Martinez and it had been getting rink run out of undrafted prospect Zach Whitecloud prior to the season's suspension, consequently leaving Engelland devoid of opportunities. The 37-year-old is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, though retirement is certainly possible for the alternate captain.... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' Keegan Kolesar: Demoted to AHL
The Golden Knights sent Kolesar down to AHL Chicago on Monday.
Kolesar has spent most of the 2019-20 season with AHL Chicago, scoring 18 points in 33 games. He suited up for one game with the Golden Knights this season, recording one shot on goal in his NHL debut.... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' Brandon Pirri: Shifts to minors
Pirri was demoted to AHL Chicago on Monday.
Pirri has bounced between the NHL and AHL levels all season. He's tallied two assists in 16 games with Vegas and 35 points in 38 AHL contests. The 28-year-old forward will be on the shortlist of call-ups in case of injury.... See More ... See Less
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