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Impressions Of Players In Rookie Camp

How did each player perform in Rookie Camp?

by Gary Lawless @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

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Vegas Golden Knights rookie camp concluded on Wednesday afternoon with a 4-0 spanking of the Los Angeles Kings' prospects.

Tomas Hyka, Cody Glass, Nikolas Brouillard and Patrick Bajkov had goals for the Golden Knights who were smarting a touch following a 6-2 loss on Tuesday night.

Vegas was better in all areas of the game looking much more like a team than they did in the opener.

Goaltender Dylan Ferguson was perfect in earning the shutout.

These prospects will play a major role in the construction of this team a few years down the road and this camp was a critical step in their development.

Beginning Thursday the rookies will take a step back and allow the veteran who will make up the Golden Knights this season to move into the spotlight.

Physicals are scheduled for Thursday and then head coach Gerard Gallant will take to the ice on Friday morning to get camp underway.

Vegas travels to Vancouver on Sunday for a 2 p.m. matinee against the Canucks to open the preseason.

Here's a fast impression on each of the players who attended rookie camp:

Patrick Bajkov, LW - Took a step forward from development camp, eligible to return to junior.

Reid Duke, C - Took advantage of his experience with the Chicago Wolves at the end of last season and arrived in camp looking like a pro. Ready for the step from junior.

Lucas Elvenes, RW - Skilled player with upside will play in the HockeyAllsvenskan league in Sweden.

Tyler Wong, LW - Strong work ethic matched with skill and character. A five-year junior ready to turn pro. Goal scorer in junior who will now look to prove he can do the same as a pro.

Cody Glass, C - Has all the pieces and now must mature. Gaining strength is a major part of his development moving forward.

 

Video: Glass scores his first goal and puts Vegas ahead 2-0

 

Keegan Kolesar, RW - Doesn't just hit you - he goes through you. Projects to be a power forward and has all the trademarks of an NHL player.

 

Video: Keegan Kolesar scored in Tuesday's 6-2 loss to LA

 

Tomas Hyka, LW - Speed and touch. The oldest player at rookie camp - at 24, Hyka is six years older than some on the roster - he looked polished and ready for the North American pro game.

 

Video: Tomas Hyka scores the first goal in VGK history

 

Nick Suzuki, C - Great skill, lots of room for growth. Made a step in terms of size and strength between development camp and rookie camp.

Alex Tuch, RW - Maybe the best player in camp. Size, speed and skill. A legit pro and it's clear to see why management selected him from Minnesota Wild in expansion draft.

Jayden Halbgewachs, LW - Talented offensive player who should continue to progress with Moose Jaw in the WHL.

Ben Jones, C - Competitor, has defensive and PK qualities - made a good impression.

Alex Barre-Boulet, RW - Has some touch. Eligible to return to junior to continue to grow his game.

Nic Hague, D - Big and raw. Lots of work to do not unlike most young defenders in the 6-6 height range. Leadership qualities are evident.

Jake Bischoff, D - Steady, reliable two-way D. Four years of college are up and ready to be a pro.

Nikolas Brouillard, D - Excellent skater with high skill level looking for an AHL deal with Chicago Wolves.

Dylan Coghlan, D - Free agent impressed management and coaching staff. Lots to like about his game.

Keoni Texeira, D - Captain candidate with Portland of the WHL. Two-way defender with leadership skills.

Dmitry Osipov D - Big, no nonsense defender. Ready to turn pro. Character player with big compete streak.

Will Warm, D - Came to development camp and earned an invite to rookie camp. Likely headed back to junior and will remain on radar.

Logan Thompson, G - Opened eyes with some great play. Eligible to return to junior with the Brandon Wheat Kings.

Dylan Ferguson, G - Strong performance allowing no goals in a full three periods against the Kings prospects. Can return to the Kamloops Blazers of the WHL.

Jiri Patera, G - Victim of some sloppy work in his time against the Kings. Youngest of the goalies in camp with lots of track ahead of him for development. Junior rights are held by Cedar Rapids of the USHL.

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