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Oscar Dansk And Maxime Lagace: Get To Know Vegas' Two New Goalies

Get to know the new goalies on the Golden Knights' roster

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

With Marc-Andre Fleury and Malcolm Subban both now on the injured reserve list, the Golden Knights' two goalies for the foreseeable future will be Oscar Dansk and Maxime Lagace.

Considering that neither had played in an NHL game before Tuesday, a lot of questions have been asked about how these guys are.

Below are three fun facts to get to know the Golden Knights' two new goalies a bit better.

Oscar Dansk

1. How did he end up with the Golden Knights?

Dansk signed with the Golden Knights as a free agent this July, with the expectation of playing for the AHL's Chicago Wolves.

 

Video: STL@VGK: Dansk stands strong to deny Schwartz

 

Following the trade of Calvin Pickard and injuries to both Marc-Andre Fleury and Malcolm Subban, Dansk found himself immersed into Saturday's game against the St. Louis Blues. Although Dansk surrendered a goal to Alex Pietrangelo on the first shot he faced, he stopped the next 10 shots he faced, including several in overtime, and picked up his first NHL win.

It was Dansk's first NHL game.

 

Video: VGK@COL: Dansk flashes the pad, leather to make saves

 

2. Considered to have high potential

Dansk was drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second round, 31st overall in the 2012 NHL Draft. Considering that this was the first pick in the second round, and 31st overall - since the Golden Knights came into the league - is now a first-round pick, Dansk, for all intents and purposes, was a first-round pick only five years ago.

 

Video: Oscar Dansk speaks after getting his first NHL win

 

Which, traditionally, is very rare for goalies to be taken in the first round, although Malcolm Subban was taken in the first round by the Boston Bruins that very same year.

Dansk played one season in the Blue Jackets' minor league system in 2014-15, but fell out of favor, returning to his home country to play in the Swedish Elite League the past two years. At 23, isn't too old yet, and is someone that entered pro hockey with a lot of hype.

 

3. Has deeper roots in North American

When we was 13, he moved from his native Sweden to Minnesota to attend school at Shattuck-St. Mary's, a prep school in suburban Minnesota that's been a hockey factory for many of the league's best players.

Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, Jack Johnson, Derek Stepan and many others all attended Shattuck for at least part of their high school years.

 

 Video: Oscar Dansk picked up his first NHL win

 

Although they never suited up on the same Shattuck squad - the school fields several hockey teams, depending on age - Erik Haula and Dansk actually attended the school at the same time. Haula was born in 1991 and is three years older than Dansk.

Dansk also played major junior hockey in the CHL, and was a teammate of Connor McDavid in the latter's first major junior season in 2012-13.
 

Maxime Lagace
 

1. How did he end up with the Golden Knights?

Similar to Dansk, Lagace signed with Vegas in July with the exception of playing for the AHL's Chicago Wolves.

Unlike Dansk, who played in the Swedish Elite League last season, Lagace has spent the entirety of the past three seasons playing in either the AHL or ECHL, having been in the Dallas Stars' minor league system since 2014. The difference between the two is while Dansk was considered a major project, Lagace has been the quintessential late bloomer, never having been drafted and battling his way through the minors.

Still a bit of a wildcard in terms of his long-term potential.

 

Watch: Youtube Video

 

2. A bit of a journeyman

From 2014-15 to the start of this season, Lagace has played for a variety of teams in the AHL and ECHL. He played in one game for the Chicago Wolves this season, and has 69 career games with the Texas Stars (Dallas AHL affiliate).

Lagace's played for the Idaho Steelheads, Bakersfield Condors and Missouri Mavericks in the ECHL, and also played for four different Quebec Major Junior Hockey League teams in four seasons in that league.

Overall, Lagace's been a bit of a scrapper, who doesn't have the talent pedigree many other NHL goalies have, but has found a way to battle it out and stick around.

As mentioned earlier, compared to Dansk, what Lagace is and has the potential to be is a bit of a wildcard.

 

3. Throws birthday parties for his dogs

Seriously, he does.

 

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