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Golden Knights' William Karlsson: Eying lengthy extension
Karlsson and the Golden Knights are closing in on an eight-year extension, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports.
The deal is expected to be worth $5.9 million AAV per Jesse Granger of The Athletic, and is the max length a contract can be signed in the NHL. Since being picked up in the expansion draft in 2017, Karlsson has racked up 67 goals and 134 points while playing all 82 games in back-to-back seasons for Vegas. The Golden Knights are expected to have the highest salary cap hit in the league next season, but once the deal is signed, it will keep the restricted free agent in the desert until he's 34.... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' Marcus Kallionkieli: Another solid pick for Vegas
Kallionkieli was drafted 139th overall by the Golden Knights at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Kallionkieli had no issues with the move from his native Finland to the USHL this past season. He finished in the top-10 in league goal scoring with 32 and his 53 points were also amongst the USHL's best. Kallionkieli is a goal-scoring forward whose best asset is his willingness to shoot the puck. He will bomb away from anywhere in the offensive zone and has displayed a quick and powerful release on his wrist shot. Kallionkieli's game is simple and he plays to his strength. Players who can put the puck in the net are always in demand and Kallionkieli has displayed such an ability. His compete level has been questioned, but his ceiling his high.... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' Layton Ahac: Ohio State commit heads to Vegas
Ahac was drafted 86th overall by the Golden Knights at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Ahac had a brilliant two-way season for Prince George of the BCHL. Ahac's game has grown by leaps and bounds over his two seasons with the club. Consistently overlooked by the scouting community, Ahac has beaten the odds time and time again, and it will be fascinating to see what type of impact he can have at Ohio State this fall. There's underrated top-four potential here.... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' Pavel Dorofeyev: Stolen by Vegas in Round 3
Dorofeyev was drafted 79th overall by the Golden Knights at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
What a steal. Several publications (this one included) had Dorofeyev rated as a first-round talent, so Vegas did a nice job snatching him up in Round 3. The Russian had an interesting season. He dominated the Russian junior league (17 goals, 31 points in 19 games) and was all but invisible (one goal, one assist) in 23 KHL contests. Dorofeyev is an excellent puck handler -- particularly in close to his body, and he reads plays well in the offensive zone. He skates fine, but he rarely uses his feet to make a play, instead relying on his brain and natural offensive instincts. He could be a star if he learns to play with a bit more pace. The Golden Knights should be rewarded handsomely if they exercise the proper patience with Dorofeyev.... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' Kaedan Korczak: Newest Knight
Korczak was selected 41st overall by the Golden Knights at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Korczak's services were understandably in high demand heading into the draft as a 6-foot-3, right-handed shooting defenseman with a terrific set of wheels. Although he brings a limited amount of offense to the table, Korczak is such a strong one-on-one defender that he should be able to carve out a nice NHL career despite not putting up many points. A member of the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL, Korczak can eat up plenty of difficult minutes at even strength and be a real asset on the penalty kill for the Knights once he grows into his game. That's several seasons away.... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' Jonas Rondbjerg: Inks entry-level deal
Rondbjerg signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the Golden Knights on Thursday.
Rondbjerg was Vegas' third-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. The 20-year-old represented Team Denmark and served as the team captain at the 2019 World Junior Championships, logging two points in six games. Rondbjerg has appeared in 44 games for the Vaxjo program in the Swedish Hockey League this season and has recorded six points.... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' Marc-Andre Fleury: Puts together solid campaign
Fleury registered 35 wins, eight shutouts and a .913 save percentage in 61 appearances this season.
It was the first time Fleury was back over the 30-win mark since 2015-16 with the Penguins and his highest shutout total since 2014-15. The Flower's new three-year deal will kick in this summer, which will see him making $7 million, the highest cap hit of his career. Fortunately for the Golden Knights, the veteran netminder has been worth every penny, both on the ice and as the face of the franchise. Heading into the 2018-19 campaign, Fleury figures to continue playing 50-60 games and should be able to reach that 30-win threshold for the 10th time in his Hall of Fame caliber career.... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' Lucas Elvenes: Bound for AHL
Elvenes will join AHL Chicago for the remainder of the Calder Cup Playoffs.
Elvenes -- who signed a three-year, entry-level deal with Vegas in June of 2018 -- spent last season playing in Sweden with Rogle BK Angelholm, for which he notched 20 points in 42 games. The 19-year-old figures to spend the 2019-20 campaign in the minors, but could be a call-up option throughout the year.... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' Deryk Engelland: Typical output in short postseason
Engelland managed only one point -- an assist -- in Vegas' seven-game playoff run facing the Sharks, though he did amass 23 hits and 21 blocked shots.
Engelland has been instrumental in helping the city of Las Vegas heal from a tragic shooting since the beginning of last season, but the long-time Vegas resident will have the option to hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent this summer. Even though he's had career stops in Pittsburgh and Calgary, it's difficult to picture Engelland playing with any team but the Golden Knights. He continues to be a solid shutdown blueliner based on his regular-season output of 165 hits and 152 blocked shots, though Engelland is 37 years old, so it'll be interesting to see whether he's even interested in advancing his NHL career.... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' Nate Schmidt: Key distributor for young club
Schmidt had four assists representing his point total over seven games in the series loss to the Sharks.
All of Schmidt's offensive production transpired between Games 2-4. With further consideration to the 30 points (nine goals, 21 assists) he produced in the regular season -- spanning 61 contests after he returned from a PED-related suspension -- the power-play defenseman should continue to be met with universal interest in fantasy leagues for the 2019-20 campaign.... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' Pierre-Edouard Bellemare: Injury prognosis clarified
Updating a previous report, Bellemare (undisclosed) dealt with an injury during the conference quarterfinals that was met with a 2-to-3 week return timetable, Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
While Bellemare missed Game 7 against the Sharks -- amounting to a 5-4 overtime loss -- his injury shouldn't carry over to the offseason to a significant degree, and at this rate, he should be just fine for training camp ahead of the 2018-19 campaign. The bigger question is whether fantasy owners will want to consider drafting a bottom-six grinder who only mustered six goals and nine assists through 76 regular-season contests -- frankly, we highly doubt it.... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' Erik Haula: Ends year on IR
Haula (lower body) wasn't able to get back into the lineup before the Golden Knights' season came to a close.
Haula last played Nov. 6 versus Toronto and missed a total of 74 games due to his lower-body issue. There was some thought the center might be available if the team made it to the second round, which could be an indication he will be ready to go for 2019-20. The Finn was seeing top-six minutes prior to getting hurt, but that was before the Knights added Mark Stone to the roster, which could see Haula relegated to a third-line role moving forward.... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' Pierre-Edouard Bellemare: Misses season's final game
Bellemare (undisclosed) was on the shelf for the Golden Knights' Game 7 loss to San Jose, which means his season ends on the injury report.
The team didn't provide much in terms of an explanation as to why Bellemare was out of the lineup, but could clear up the situation during the team's locker room cleanout. Still, unless it's something significant, the veteran center should be ready to go for 2019-20, assuming he lands with a team during free agency this summer. If he does continue to play next season, the 34-year-old figures to be just below the 20-point mark given he has never reached that threshold in his career.... See More ... See Less
Golden Knights' Shea Theodore: Plucks apple
Theodore picked up an assist in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Sharks in Game 7.
Theodore was held off the scoresheet only twice in seven games, producing a goal and seven helpers. He added 10 shots on goal and 12 hits. Theodore has some fantasy upside entering 2019-20 after the blueliner posted 45 points in 86 appearances between the regular season and playoffs this year.... See More ... See Less
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