The Vegas Golden Knights sent down Peyton Krebs, Jake Leschyshyn, and Jonas Rondbjerg. Now that there game is approaching, they decided to recall some prospects.
The Vegas Knights made multiple moves after a horrid loss to the Los Angeles Kings last week. With a long stretch off, the Knights decided to give their younger players a chance to continue seeing in-game action with the Henderson Knights. However, ahead of the game against the St. Louis Blues, the decided it was time to bring some of those young guys back up.
People pretty much knew Krebs would get called back up, but who would they chose to come up with him? Answer: Jake Leschyshyn. So before we talk about Leschyshyn and the reasoning behind bringing him back up, let’s talk about Peyton Krebs and what made him a guy that everyone knew would get recalled.
To anyone who watched the game, you know just how badly the first two-lines were playing against the Kings. However, the Knights’ bottom six actually performed extremely well–Krebs was a huge part to that.
Krebs is coming off his best performance I’ve seen from him. Showing a tremendous amount of growth from the first game against the Kraken, to the second game against the Kings-it was almost like I was watching a completely different player. He showed terrific defense at the top of the defensive zone, good positional awareness, made smart decisions with the puck, and created multiple scoring chances.
Now, let’s talk about their decision to call up Jake Leschyshyn. Between the multiple prospects they have given chances too, Leschyshyn was arguably the only one who made the most of his time. While Rondbjerg was out there against the Kings, it was hard to say he did anything. He just didn’t make much of his first chance in the league to the human eye. That’s when you take a look at Leschyshyn.
When looking at Leschyshyn, he has a presence on the ice that was recognizable. Now, I will say that some of it has to do with the fact he faced penalty minutes in his debut, but that made him standout. Although that was the first thing I recall him doing, that wasn’t doesn’t define his game. He actually played well in the forechecking game and showed potential in disrupting plays. Now, it was his first game so I’m sure there were nerves, and that caused for some of his play, but now that he’ll start seeing chances, he’ll improve.