Several Vegas Golden Knights prospects used the month of December to put an exclamation point on the first half of the hockey season. From tournament MVP's to All-Stars, take a look at the month that was for these five VGK draft picks.
Jack Dugan, Providence College
Golden Knights fans got to see Dugan up close at the 2020 Fortress Invitational on Jan. 3-4 at T-Mobile Arena. Dugan was the tournament MVP with one goal, one assist and the shootout-winner in the championship game as Providence defeated Cornell to win the title. With 37 points (7G, 30A), Dugan continues to lead the NCAA in scoring.
Ivan Morozov, SKA-Neva St. Petersburg
Though Morozov has only put up six points (1G, 5A) in 10 games for SKA-Neva St. Petersburg, he had a strong showing at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship. The 2018 second round pick (61st overall) appeared in all seven games and recorded three points (2G, 1A). In overtime of the semifinal, Morozov buried the game-winning goal to send Russia to the gold medal game. The Russians captured a silver medal in the tournament.
Peyton Krebs, Winnipeg Ice
The 2019 first round pick (17th overall) missed a chunk of the season due to injury but has returned with his playmaking skills on display. In 17 games for the Ice, Krebs has recorded 22 points (3G, 19A) and ranks seventh on the team despite having played less than half the team's games this year.
Lucas Elvenes, Chicago Wolves
Elvenes has maintained his high-scoring pace through the first half of the AHL season. In his first pro season in North America, the 2017 fifth round pick his piled up 31 points (7G, 24A) in 38 games to lead the Chicago Wolves. He was named to the 2020 AHL All-Star Classic and will participate in the skills competition and 3-on-3 round-robin tournament.
Xavier Bouchard, Cape Breton Eagles
After opening the season with 10 points in 31 games for the Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the QMJHL, Bouchard was traded to the Cape Breton Eagles where he has ramped up production from the blueline. In five games with the Eagles, the 2018 sixth round selection of the Golden Knights has seven points (1G, 6A) and has a +7 rating.