Although he wasn't one of the Golden Knights' larger name selections, Brendan Leipsic may have as much potential as anyone Vegas acquired at June 21's Expansion Draft.
An odd-man out with a crowded stable of Toronto Maple Leafs youngsters, Leipsic was believed to be on the cusp of establishing himself at the NHL level before being selected by Vegas.
After being locked up by the Golden Knights with a two-year contract ($650,000 AAV), he'll have every chance to finally become a regular at the NHL level, where he stands a potential mainstay on the Vegas roster.
Here are three facts to get to know Leipsic better.
1. Has been compared to Brad Marchand
This isn't to say that Leipsic is going to become a 40-goal scorer at the NHL level.
But like Marchand, Leipsic (5-foot-9, 170 pounds), isn't very big, but has been known to be a bit nasty on the ice. Identified by opponents as a pest, Leipsic twice eclipsed 100 penalty minutes in a season in junior, and has a knack of getting under people's skin.
He was also better than a point per game player with the AHL's Toronto Marlies last season, with 18 goals and 33 assists in 49 games.
2. Seems ready for NHL duty
Although he's only played six NHL games - registering a goal and two assists - Leipsic has played three full seasons in the minor leagues.
The 23-year-old originally came up in the Nashville Predators' system with the Milwaukee Admirals, before moving to Toronto in a deal that sent Cody Franson back to Nashville.
3. Loves St. Bernards
Leipsic has a St. Bernard named Duncan. Which besides its look, we're told, is still only a puppy, and going to get much larger.
We know, this should have been point No. 1 . We apologize. We'll never bury Duncan on a page like that again.
Nor will we bury any other doggo #content in any way.
To make up for it, we'll add that Brendan's parents also have a pair of St. Bernards. We're told all of the St. Bernards know each other, too. And they have playdates.
Brendan's mother, Kathleen, was also a gymnast for Canada at the 1984 Olympics.