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McCrimmon, Golden Knights Thrilled With New Prospects

VGK selected eight players at 2019 NHL Draft

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights /

The Vegas Golden Knights added eight new players to their prospect pool during the 2019 NHL Draft on Friday and Saturday in Vancouver.

General Manager Kelly McCrimmon and the team brought in forward Peyton Krebs on Friday night during the first round and selected four forwards, two defenseman and a goalie during Saturday's activity. McCrimmon is excited about selecting Krebs at 17th overall because he thinks he will fit in with what Vegas is trying to do.

"He's been a dominant player in his peer group for many, many years," McCrimmon said. "He fits in really nicely with what we have in our organization."

Vegas traded up during the second round to select defenseman Kaedan Korczak with the 41st overall selection. McCrimmon sent selections No. 48 and No. 82 to San Jose to ensure Korczak left the draft wearing gold.

"He's a player that we felt was a first-round talent so that was a really good start to the day for us," McCrimmon said.

With their two third-round picks, the Golden Knights picked up forward Pavel Dorofeyev and defenseman Layton Ahac. Dorofeyev, a native of Nizhny Tagil, Russia, is a player McCrimmon said he was excited to pick because of the work his scouting staff did to evaluate the player.

"Our guys had good coverage on him," McCrimmon said. "Sometimes it's not easy to get good coverage on European players that aren't in their natural draft years and he's a late 2000 so he doesn't appear in all the events that we all are able to go to. Our guys saw him at some under-20 events and had some KHL viewings of him as well and really felt strongly about the potential and the upside that he has."

After taking forward Ryder Donovan in the fourth round, Vegas used its three fifth-round selections on goalie Isaiah Saville and forwards Marcus Kallionkieli and Mason Primeau. McCrimmon cited Kallionkieli's skillset and Primeau's size as reasons for bringing them into the Golden Knights organization.

Fans can catch a glimpse of these new prospects at 2019 Development Camp presented by Martin-Harris Construction from June 25-29 at City National Arena.

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