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VGK Draft Picks Praised By Red Line Report

Golden Knights' haul at 2019 draft viewed as third-best in NHL

by Gordon Weigers @GoldenKnights /

The Vegas Golden Knights made eight selections at the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver and those eight prospects flew out to Vegas for the team's development camp in late June.

While fans caught a glimpse of the team's future during camp, the Red Line Report, a prominent independent hockey scouting review, put together its draft analysis and examined how each NHL club did at the draft table.

Red Line Report gave the Golden Knights the No. 3 ranking in their league-wide report for quality of picks during the 2019 draft. Vegas was praised for nabbing six of the top 89 prospects according to the report, including third-ranked goalie Isaiah Saville in the fifth round. While Peyton Krebs was snagged by Vegas at 17th overall, Red Line Report complimented the Golden Knights' scouting savvy by taking Pavel Dorofeyev (79th overall) and Layton Ahac (86th overall) with their two third-round picks.

Vegas selected two centers on the second day of the draft in Ryder Donovan and Mason Primeau. The two were reviewed as "toolsy with long-term potential" and will continue to hone their skills down the middle to live up to that potential.

Saville was Vegas' first-of-three picks in the fifth round at the draft and was the only goalie selected by the Golden Knights in 2019. Red Line Report ranked Saville No. 3 among goalies available at the draft and dubbed the Anchorage, Alaska native the third-highest value pick during this year's draft. Also cracking the value pick list was Dorofeyev whom Vegas selected 79th overall. His offensive prowess was something Red Line Report thought highly of and his potential as a playmaking forward is seen as a valuable asset for the Golden Knights.

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