Jake Leschyshyn got the chance to play in a regular season game. However, how would he fare in his first game? Is he here to stay?
The Vegas Knights made a transaction on Wednesday that sent Jack Dugan and Pavel Dorofeyev to the AHL. Although I’m sure that Dugan and Dorofeyev weren’t happy about the transaction, the Knights fans are finally going to be able to see prospect, Jake Leschyshyn, get a taste of NHL action against the Kings.
Jake Leschyshyn got to spend some time with the team during training camp before getting sent to the AHL to start the season. Leschyshyn who is the son of former defenseman, Curtis Leschyshyn, isn’t unfamiliar with the atmosphere that comes with playing on the big stage. However, just because he is the son of a former hockey player doesn’t mean he can play. So with that being said, how did he fare in his first taste of action?
Takeaways for Jake Leschyshyn
Jake Leschyshyn didn’t spend much time on the ice before finding himself in the penalty box. After hoping to make a play on the puck, Leschyshyn received his first tripping penalty on Mikey Anderson. However, shortly after, he was able to put a very good shot on goal. Peyton Krebs had a nice sequence that benefited in Leschyshyn getting a nice chance to score. Unfortunately, Peterson made a terrific save that denied him his first goal in the NHL.
As far as opportunities go, this was a great chance for Leschyshyn to show the coaching staff this is where he belongs. The Knights first two lines struggled tonight, there is no arguing that. However, the third and fourth lines looked very good which earned them a lot more time on the ice. Even with seeing time on the ice, Leschyshyn wasn’t a big factor win or lose. The biggest question mark will be rather or not the impression he made will be enough to keep him up in the NHL.