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The VGK Summer So Far

Vegas has taken steps forward since end of season

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights /

Since the end of the NHL season on June 12, the Vegas Golden Knights have been busy checking off boxes on their summer to-do list.

On June 19, Mark Stone represented the Golden Knights at the NHL Awards presented by Bridgestone at Mandalay Bay as a nominee for the Frank J. Selke Trophy. Though Stone came up a few votes short of being named the best defensive forward in the NHL, he enjoyed the evening among hockey's brightest stars in his new home of Las Vegas.

Two nights later, the team began working toward the future at the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver. With the 17th pick in the draft, the Golden Knights selected forward Peyton Krebs from the Winnipeg Ice of the WHL.

On the second day of the draft, Vegas brought in a slew of young prospects in Kaedan Korczak (41st overall), Pavel Dorofeyev (79th overall), Layton Ahac (86th overall), Ryder Donovan (110th overall), Isaiah Saville (135th overall), Marcus Kallionkieli (139th overall) and Mason Primeau (141st overall).


After returning to Vegas, General Manager George McPhee inked forward William Karlsson to an eight-year contract worth an average annual value of $5.9 million on June 24. Karlsson has never missed a game as Golden Knight and is now under contract through the 2026-27 season.

On June 25, the Golden Knights opened Development Camp presented by Martin-Harris Construction on June 25 at City National Arena. Draft picks from 2017, 2018, 2019, free agent signees and other invitees took the ice for a week of professional training from the Vegas coaching staff. The prospects learned what being a Golden Knight is about on and off the ice as they developed good habits to bring with them into next season.

During camp, Vegas made two transactions in an effort to get under the salary cap. The Golden Knights sent forward Erik Haula to the Carolina Hurricanes for Nicolas Roy and a 2021 conditional 5th round pick before flipping defenseman Colin Miller to Buffalo for a 2021 2nd round pick and a 2022 5th rounder.

The Golden Knights were one of the quieter teams in the NHL when free agency opened on July 1, but they made two key moves to maintain the team's structure heading into the 2019-20 campaign. Vegas signed Tomas Nosek to a one-year contract and signed Brandon Pirri to a two-year deal. The team also added some depth by signing Patrick Brown, Tyrell Goulbourne, Brett Lernout and Jaycob Megna.

Training camp is two months away and, as the temperature in Vegas rises, so too does the anticipation for the 2019-20 campaign.

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