The first month of the NHL season is in the rearview mirror for the Vegas Golden Knights. As the current iteration of the Golden Knights forges through their 82-game slate, prospects in the team's system have had strong starts to their respective 2019-20 campaigns.
Five VGK prospects have had particularly strong starts to the year and will look to translate their early-season success to a long year of production.
Jack Dugan, Providence College
Dugan has picked up where he left off after a 39-point freshman season at Providence. In just eight games as a sophomore, the 2017 5th round pick leads the nation in scoring with 18 points (5G, 13A) and has helped the Friars to the No. 11 ranking in the NCAA. He's had seven multi-point games including a four-point showing in a season-opening 7-0 win against Maine.
Lucas Elvenes, Chicago Wolves
Elvenes is off to a roaring start in his first full season with the Chicago Wolves. After posting one goal and three assists in Chicago's season opener, Elvenes has kept up a torrent pace with 18 points (5G, 13A) through 12 games. He's been held without a point in just one game and is riding a 10-game point streak as of Nov. 4.
Connor Corcoran, Windsor Spitfires
In his fourth season with Windsor, Corcoran has shown an uptick in offensive production from the blueline. The 2018 5th round selection of the Golden Knights has registered 12 points (4G, 8A) in the first leg of the Spitfires' schedule. Corcoran's season-high came last season when he collected 32 points (10G, 22A) and his quick pace has him on track to set new personal bests.
Peter Diliberatore, Quinnipiac University
Diliberatore's opening month of his sophomore year at Quinnipiac has seen the Bedford, Nova Scotia native post a point in six of the team's first seven contests. With six points (1G, 5A) in seven games, the Bobcats blueliner is on his way to another productive season. Vegas selected Diliberatore in the 6th round of the 2018 NHL draft.
Gage Quinney, Chicago Wolves
In his two AHL seasons, Quinney has shown steady offensive growth and his early stats in 2019-20 imply a continuation of that trend. With 12 points (6G, 6A) in 12 games, the Las Vegas native ranks second on the Wolves in scoring behind Elvenes.