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Review-Journal: Golden Knights prospects eagerly await start of development camp
Kaedan Korczak moved from the prairies of Saskatchewan to play junior hockey in picturesque Kelowna, British Columbia. The defenseman was never the same.
"That was a big change," he said. "But now I'm kind of used to the Kelowna lifestyle, so it's hard to go back to Saskatchewan."
Wait till the Golden Knights' second-round pick spends a few days in Las Vegas.
Korczak and the majority of the club's prospects will be in town this week for development camp, which begins at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday and concludes Saturday at City National Arena.
All of the team's selections from the 2019 draft are scheduled to attend, including first-round pick Peyton Krebs.
Review-Journal: Golden Knights' salary cap issues not as bad as they appear
To those not schooled in the nuances of the salary cap -- in other words, most people -- the Golden Knights' current situation appears to be problematic.
Kelly McCrimmon happens to know a lot about the cap. And the incoming general manager is less worried than Alfred E. Neuman.
"We're comfortable, and it's manageable," McCrimmon said following the NHL draft Saturday in Vancouver, British Columbia. "Every team has things to work through, and we're no different."
With center William Karlsson on the verge of signing an eight-year deal that a source confirmed Sunday will have a $5.
My NHL Trade Rumors: NHL Free Agency: The Vegas Golden Knights To Lock Up William Karlsson For Eight Seasons
Pierre LeBrun: Hearing that William Karlsson will be signing an eight-year contract extension with the Vegas Golden Knights.
Getting the full eight years was really important to him as he loves it in Vegas.
Jesse Granger: Karlsson's deal will have an AAV of $5.9 million. The contract is expected to be signed in the next two days.
The 26-year old Karlsson was drafted 53rd overall in the 2nd round of the 2011 draft by the Anaheim Ducks.
Thoughts from the media
Pierre LeBrun: "Karlsson camp fought hard for the max term.
Review-Journal: Karlsson extension the latest sign of Golden Knights culture
This isn't the first time things have pointed back to those nice but completely unsuspecting types that handle media relations for parts of Bill Foley's financial empire, much as William Karlsson isn't the first Golden Knights player to care more about term than dollars when it comes to a contract extension.
It's all defined by the same cause.
It all circles back to how an owner runs his franchise.
Karlsson reportedly has agreed to an eight-year extension with an average annual value of just under $6 million, but don't embrace what will be a popular yet altogether lazy reaction that such a deal is some sort of immense steal for the team.
Vegas Hockey Knight: Vegas Golden Knights and William Karlsson close to extension
TSN's Pierre LeBrun has reported that the Vegas Golden Knights and Karlsson have agreed terms on an eight-year contract extension, which should be finalised later this week.
And Bob McKenzie of TSN has added that the average annual value of the contract will be a shade under $6 million.
Not only does that deal give Karlsson the length he so desired, it is also a manageable number for the Vegas front office who will now get to work on clearing cap space.
Hearing that William Karlsson's extension, once signed this week, will be 8-year max term, which was really important to him.
Vegas Hockey Knight: NHL Draft 2019: Vegas Golden Knights achieve what they set out to
Entering the draft with a treasure chest of eight picks, including the 17th overall selection, the Vegas Golden Knights came out of it with an elite playmaker and seven prospects to add to the pipeline after trading away two picks in order to move up in the second round.
The front office tandem of General Manager Kelly McCrimmon and President of Hockey Operations George McPhee went into the weekend with a game plan and they executed it to perfection.
They addressed a variety of needs on Day Two of the draft and added a shiny new toy to the farm system in Peyton Krebs, who slots in right behind Cody Glass as one of the franchise's top two prospects.
Review-Journal: Golden Knights, William Karlsson near 8-year extension
Center William Karlsson is close to signing an eight-year contract extension with the Vegas Golden Knights, according to multiple reports.
Karlsson, a restricted free agent, scored 24 goals and registered 56 points for the Knights last season. He had a breakout campaign in the team's inaugural season, netting 43 goals and 78 points, with a +49 plus/minus rating for the Stanley Cup finalists.
Karlsson expressed a desire to remain with the Knights in an interview following the team's first-round exit to the San Jose Sharks.
"Hopefully we can get a long-term deal going, and hopefully I'll stand here in the fall," he said following the postseason.
Vegas Hockey Knight: Vegas Golden Knights 2019 NHL Draft: Trading on up
The Vegas Golden Knights, still on a high after taking elite playmaker Peyton Krebs with the No.17 overall pick in the first round on Friday, will have eight selections in total when the second round starts at 10 am PT.
Those picks include:No. 48 (Round 2)
No. 79 (Round 3)
No. 82 from WPG (Round 3)
No. 86 from NHS (Round 3)
No. 110 (Round 4)
No. 135 from MIN (Round 5)
No. 139 from MTL (Round 5)
No. 141 (Round 5)
The Golden Knights will have a while to wait before they go on the clock in the second round with 16 teams set to pick before them.
Vegas Hockey Knight: 2019 NHL Draft: Vegas Golden Knights bolster blueline with shutdown defenseman
Heading into today's second round with a treasure chest of eight picks, the Vegas Golden Knights pulled the trigger on an early trade after sending picks No. 48 and No. 82 to the San Jose Sharks.
In return they got the 41st overall pick and they opted to use that to select Korczak, who is a 6'3'', 193 lb defenseman.
It addresses a need for the Golden Knights who have a wealth of puck-playing defensemen in the farm system, but they lack a bona fide shutdown blueliner.
Korczak ticks that box and is a hulking specimen who can lay the body on at will, but is also able to skate well for a player of his size.
Review-Journal: Golden Knights GM Kelly McCrimmon likes NHL rule changes
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Kelly McCrimmon did several interviews in the weeks since the Golden Knights were eliminated from the postseason, and he touted expanding video review and coach's challenges whenever the subject came up.
It should come as no surprise, then, that the incoming general manager was pleased with the rule changes announced by the NHL this weekend.
"I'm a believer of bottom-line right call," McCrimmon said. "That's what we want, and I think that's what everybody wants. This, I think, gives a little more latitude to the people that are making those calls to make sure that they're correct.
Review-Journal: Golden Knights NHL draft capsules
Drafted: Second round (No. 41 overall)
Team: Kelowna (Western Hockey League)
Hometown: Yorkton, Saskatchewan
2018-19 stats: 4 goals, 29 assists, 64 penalty minutes in 68 games
Scouting report: The latest in a long line of standout blue liners produced by Kelowna. He's regarded as a steady defender who models his game after St. Louis' Alex Pietrangelo and was 32nd in the final rankings for North American skaters by the NHL's Central Scouting Bureau.
Drafted: Third round (No.
Vegas Hockey Knight: NHL Draft 2019: Vegas Golden Knights finish third round with double pick
First, the Vegas Golden Knights took Russian forward Pavel Dorofeyev with the 79th overall pick, before selecting defenseman Layton Ahac with the No.86 pick.
Dorofeyev is a left-shot wing from Nizhny, Tagil, Russia and is known as a highly creative and offensively gifted forward.
Elite Prospects states that the 18-year-old has a good release and immense puck-handling skills, while he can read the game impressively.
The Golden Knights select Pavel Dorofeyev!#VegasBorn | #NHLDraft pic.twitter.com/ooKeNH3J9d
-- Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) June 22, 2019
The only slight concern is Dorofeyev's compete level, but that is only a rare blemish on the copybook when you consider that he was ranked as the 15th-ranked prospect by Scott Wheeler of The Athletic.
Vegas Hockey Knight: NHL Draft 2019: Vegas Golden Knights stock up to finish
It was a busy day for the Vegas Golden Knights who started the day with eight picks but finished with seven after pulling the trigger on a trade with the San Jose Sharks to move up in the second round.
They ended their involvement at the draft by making three picks at the end of round five, filling a variety of needs.
They drafted goaltender Isaiah Saville with the 135th pick before selecting Finnish forward Marcus Kallionkieli with the No.139 pick.
And, to round things off nicely, the Knights then took power forward Mason Primeau with the 141st overall pick.
Vegas Hockey Knight: NHL Draft 2019: Vegas Golden Knights beef up with Ryder Donovan
Donovan is a 6'3'' power forward and becomes the Vegas Golden Knights' fourth pick of this year's draft so far.
Although a hulking specimen, McKeen's Hockey noted that Donovan is a "solid skater for his size, with impressive acceleration and agility helping the package."
He is committed to the University of Wisconsin for 2019-20 where he will continue his development and hone his craft further.
Donovan posted 37 points (13 goals, 25 assists) in 23 games for Duluth East High School in 2018-19 and is another offensive prospect to add to the farm system.
Vegas' biggest priority heading into this year's draft was to address their lack of offensive firepower on the depth chart, and they've certainly succeeded in that particular mission.
Review-Journal: Golden Knights trade up to select defenseman Kaedan Korczak
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Golden Knights traded up in the second round of Saturday's NHL draft to select Kelowna defenseman Kaedan Korczak.
The Knights sent the 48th and 82nd picks to San Jose to move to up No. 41 in order to nab the 6-foot-3-inch, 194-pound Korczak.
A native of Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Korczak produced four goals and 33 points and logged 64 penalty minutes for the Rockets. He more than doubled his point production from the previous season.
Korczak said he models his game after San Jose defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic and represented Canada at the IIHF Under-18 World Championships.