When Kaedan Korczak takes the ice, his size and physicality can make for a dangerous combination. At 6'2" and 192 lbs., the 18-year-old defenseman likes to play lots of minutes and shut down the top lines of opposing teams.
Specifically, the Vegas Golden Knights second round pick (41st overall) from the 2019 NHL Draft likes to model his game after Marc-Edouard Vlasic.
"He's a guy that can play in any situation, lots of minutes and he's a key guy that people notice," said Korczak.
Korczak's versatility paid off as he scored 33 points (4 G, 29 A) during his 2018-19 season with the WHL's Kelowna Rockets. The impressive stats were reason enough for the Golden Knights to trade a pick for him. The San Jose Sharks were the original holders of the 41st pick in this year's Entry Draft, but Vegas decided Korczak was a player worth negotiating for.
The trade didn't come as a complete surprise to Korczak, as the Golden Knights showed some interest in him during the 2019 NHL Combine.
"I think they were just trying to figure out who I was as a person, family background I think that was the biggest thing. Just to see who they were getting as a player and as a person," said Korczak. "I don't think it has sunk in yet, but [being drafted] was pretty surreal for sure. A lifelong dream has finally come true and it's been awesome."
Korczak got the opportunity to get acquainted with his new team in Vegas at the 2019 development camp.
"It's been an awesome experience," said Korczak. "Obviously having the coaches out there is pretty good and having them guide us and tell us what to do is obviously pretty good because they're teaching the NHL players."
Not everyone was a complete stranger, though. Korczak met his roommate, Peyton Krebs, when they were at the Hlinka Gretzky camp where they were teammates. The pair also roomed together at this year's combine.
"It's definitely nice to have a familiar face. We've obviously been through a lot together and it's nice having someone I know here," said Korczak.
Most of all, Korczak is ready to see exactly what Vegas will be like as a part of the team.
"I have seen it on TV and it looks pretty crazy," said Korczak. "[My parents] said it's like a concert every night there and I'm really excited and looking forward to seeing it."