Vegas Golden Knights Trade Candidate Report: Frank Vatrano

The trade deadline is a week away and the Vegas Golden Knights need some players. Here's a look at one of the potential candidates, Frank Vatrano.

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1. Frank Vatrano's Scouting Report

Frank Vatrano
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If the Golden Knights are looking to acquire one Frank Vatrano, they'll get a smaller forward at the helm. But that's not entirely a bad thing for Vegas, for the native of East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, is a good offensive talent. Just look at his stats for this season (27 goals, 19 assists) and you'll see he knows how to put pucks in the net.

That's because he has a great offensive IQ on the ice. His ability to keep the puck in the offensive zone makes him valuable, specifically on the power play. He also reads opposing defenses well, making him a threat. That's why he has 11 power play goals this season, good for 11th in the NHL. You can also add him on the penalty kill, where he'll thrive. For a Golden Knights team in desperate need of scoring, you can't go wrong with the All-Star.

However, that comes at a price. Vatrano isn't the best defensive player in the NHL, often coming in a smaller size than his peers (5'11", 197 lbs.). The Golden Knights already have such a player in Jonathan Marchessault, so it remains to be seen how he'll be used.

Still, you can insert Vatrano in the higher lines to generate offensive talent. Whether he goes on the first or second line, you can count on the winger to boost the offense. His special teams acumen makes him even more valuable, especially for a power play unit lacking bite since its inception in the NHL.