Someday many of the players featured this week at Development Camp presented by Martin-Harris Construction will make up a good portion of the Vegas Golden Knights NHL roster. But right now, they're a group of players trying to figure out the pro game and begin to make impressions on management.
There are players with pro experience as well as players from college and junior. There are top prospects like Cody Glass and Nic Hague. There's 6-8 pre-med student Keenan Suthers and 17-year-old Mason Primeau. It's a mix of talent, experience, position and age.
One thing is very clear, in just three short years the amateur scouting staff led by Bob Lowes and Scott Luce has amassed lots of talent, raw as some of it might still be. Director of Player Development Wil Nichol has done a fine job in bringing these players along and a number of them are threatening to pound on the door to the NHL at this fall's training camp.
Here are some quick observations from a handful of players through two scrimmages at Vegas Golden Knights development camp.
Xavier Bouchard: His skating continues to improve and he's managed to grow the defensive end of his game without the offensive portion suffering. Bouchard led all defensemen on the Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL) in scoring with 46 points (7 G, 39 A) in 60 games during the 2018-19 regular season and added two assists in seven playoff games
Dylan Coghlan: Shoots and passes the puck like an NHLer. Chicago Wolves teammate Daniel Carr, who played alongside Shea Weber as a member of the Montreal Canadiens, says Coghlan's shot is in the same neighborhood as that of the Habs captain. Coghlan led all defensemen on the Chicago Wolves (AHL) in scoring, posting 40 points (15 G, 25 A) to go with 22 penalty minutes in 66 games during the 2018-19 regular season.
Jack Dugan: He can play any kind of game you want. Dugan can provide skill and playmaking or he can mix it up in a rough and tumble game. He will go to the net and plays hard along the wall. Dugan finished his freshman campaign with the Providence Friars ranked second on the team with 39 points (10 G, 29 A) to go with 48 penalty minutes in 41 games.
Cody Glass: The rangy center is filling out his game and continues to be a smart, skilled player who can play with pace and has a deceptive shot. Recorded 69 points (15 G, 54 A) to go with 18 penalty minutes in 38 games with the Portland Winterhawks (WHL) before joining the Chicago Wolves. Glass played in six regular season games finishing with five points (3 G, 2A) and tied for a team-high 15 points (7 G, 8 A) to go with six penalty minutes in 22 games during the Calder Cup playoffs.
Nicolas Hague: Gone is the skinny kid with an awkward skating stride. Hague has become a powerful man and more efficient skater. He collected 32 points (13 G, 19 A) to go with 38 penalty minutes in 75 games with the Chicago Wolves during the 2018-19 regular season and appeared in all 22 Calder Cup playoff games finishing with 11 points (4 G,7 A) to go with 31 penalty minutes.
Kaedan Korczak: A poised player with presence on the ice. He thinks the game well and stays cool under pressure. Korczak is tough to play against and a smart penalty killer- a younger version of VGK minute eater Brayden McNabb. He finished second amongst defensemen in scoring for the Kelowna Rockets (WHL) with 33 points (4 G, 29 A) in 68 games during the 2018-19 regular season.
Keenan Suthers: A free agent invite, Suthers has impressed with his hands and size. He gets around the ice well for a man who measures 6-11 on skates. Confident and clever in tight, Suthers can finish when give the opportunity. He recorded 14 points (5 G, 9 A) to go with 16 penalty minutes in 30 games with the St. Lawrence Saints (NCAA) during the 2018-19 season.