There’s lots going on in the world of the Vegas Golden Knights right now.
We’re here to catch you up on all things Vegas Golden Knights because there is a hell of a lot going on right now.
We’ve just wrapped up the 2020 NHL Entry Draft and Free Agency is due to open at noon ET on Friday.
More from Vegas Hockey Knight
- Vegas Golden Knights Sweep Homestand, Questions Remain
- Vegas Golden Knights 2020 Holiday Gift Guide
- Vegas Golden Knights need more offensively from Karlsson in 2020-21
- Vegas Golden Knights could act as compelling curtain raiser for 2020-21 season
- Vegas Golden Knights: Reilly Smith could be a dark horse to wear the “C”
The Golden Knights are working hard behind the scenes in order to try and make some major moves on Friday, and they’ve already been busy over the past couple of days.
So, without further ado, let’s get you caught up with all the latest pertaining to the Golden Knights right now…
2020 NHL Entry Draft
This year’s Draft is now in the books and it was a long couple of days with Day Two taking just under eight hours to complete.
It was an absolute marathon.
However, it was a productive couple of days for the Golden Knights who bolstered their farm system with six picks.
They selected high-end playmaker Brendan Brisson with the No.29 overall pick in the First Round, and the son of super agent Pat Brisson boasts a hell of a lot of upside.
Vegas also traded up in the Fifth Round to take a Swedish goalie, and we’ve listed their picks below for you:
- First Round – No.29 overall – C, Brendan Brisson – Chicago, USHL
- Third Round – No. 68 overall – D, Lukas Cormier – Charlottetown, QMJHL
- Third Round – No. 91 overall – C, Jackson Hallum – St. Thomas, High-MN
- Fifth Round – No. 125 overall – G, Jesper Vikman – AIK JR, Sweden
- Sixth Round – No. 184 overall – D, Noah Ellis – Des Moines, USHL
- Seventh Round – No. 215 overall – C, Maxim Marushev – Bars Kazan, VHL
The final totals amounted to three forwards, all centers, two defensemen and one goalie with no picks from the WHL, which is a huge surprise given Vegas General Manager Kelly McCrimmon’s background.
The headline of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft for the Golden Knights was the fact that they drafted another high-end offensive talent in Brendan Brisson, who boasts a lot of upside and potential.
They may have also pulled off an absolute steal with defenseman Lukas Cormier with the 68th overall pick, while Maxim Marushev is an interesting late round selection.
We’ll be delving a lot more into each pick over the coming days so make sure you keep an eye out for that.
Stephenson, Cousins & other RFA’s
While the Draft was going on there was some notable news relating to free agency to emerge from the Golden Knights camp.
These can be signed on Friday.
McCrimmon says the Golden Knights extended qualifying offers to Schuldt, Duke and Kolesar.
Did not extend a qualifying offer to Lernout or Cousins. #VegasBorn
— Jesse Granger (@JesseGranger_) October 7, 2020
Golden Knights General Manager Kelly McCrimmon did suggest that Cousins could still be an option, but that is depending on if the Golden Knights can clear the necessary cap space.
Cousins would be a nice piece to bring back as a depth player, and he was solid in seven regular season games with the Knights, posting three points (1 G, 2 A) while averaging 13:53 minutes of ice time.
However, there’s a lot of work to be done by the Golden Knights before they can think of bringing Cousins back.
Which brings us on to…
Friday could be a big day for the Golden Knights. Or it could be an absolute dud.
It is no secret that they are shopping a number of considerable pieces, including Marc-Andre Fleury, Nate Schmidt and Paul Stastny in order to free up the cap space needed to go big-game hunting once Free Agency opens on Friday.
The Buyout window has now closed so the Knights will have to move those pieces in a trade if they are to create the cap space they need, while they will also need to get cap compliant before the start of the 2020-21 season with Vegas currently over the $81.5 million salary cap.
With Free Agency set to be dominated by goalies this year, don’t be surprised to see Vegas take advantage with a backup goalie a need that will have to be addressed if Fleury is traded.
Overall, it has been a busy week so far and it should only get busier as the meaty part of the off-season kicks up a gear.
That’s your quick news recap and we will have plenty of Draft breakdown coverage in addition to a look ahead to Free Agency on the site.