The Vegas Golden Knights are coming off a tough loss against the Colorado Avalanche last night. In that game, there were a lot of positives takeaways, but there are also some questions to be asked moving forward. The main one- what’s Nolan Patrick availability looking like for the foreseeable future.
The Golden Knights sent in the fourth-line winger, Nolan Patrick, yesterday in hopes of him creating some chaos in the forecheck, but it was a short-lived shift.
Nolan Patrick has been playing better recently. While Stone missed a couple games, Patrick filled in on the first line and actually found a production streak for a couple games. However, all good things must come to and end and not that long later Patrick was a healthy inactive. But even more unfortunately for Patrick, things did not go good.
:14 seconds into Patrick’s shift against the Colorado Avalanche, he took a pretty bad hit by Nathan MacKinnon.
This penalty awarded the Golden Knights a power play, but Nolan Patrick, once he was able to get himself off the ice, went straight into the locker room and did not return.
Given Nolan Patrick’s injury history with concussions, this hit doesn’t look good. Additionally, that led to Pete DeBoer receiving a question about Patrick’s status and the hit and this is what he said.
"“It’s not good for Nolan with his history, but I don’t want to comment on the hit until I see it.” – Pete DeBoer"
The quote, although not very detailed, gives us enough information to inform that he’s in rough shape. Which, is understandable. He is very prone to concussions as it stands, little lone when he get’s his legs taken out from a hit. And as you can see from the video above, he clearly gets taken out by MacKinnon and hits his head on the ice.
None of this looks good, but we will have to wait until confirmation from the organization before we jump to conclusions.