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AHL Notebook: Golden Knights affiliate fueled in playoffs by prospects

Glass, Hague, Kolesar among those leading Chicago in second-round series

by Patrick Williams / Correspondent

The Vegas Golden Knights' prospect depth is on display with Chicago of the American Hockey League.

Vegas traded defenseman Erik Brannstrom, a prospect playing with Chicago, along with forward Oscar Lindberg and a second-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, to the Ottawa Senators for forward Mark Stone and forward prospect Tobias Lindberg on Feb. 25.

Brannstrom, a first-round pick (No. 15) by Vegas in the 2017 NHL Draft, had 28 points (seven goals, 21 assists) in 41 games with Chicago before the trade. The 19-year-old had four assists in nine games with Belleville, the Senators' AHL team, after the trade. He also played his first two NHL games with the Senators in March.

Even with the departure of Brannstrom, the Golden Knights still have a cache of prospects in Chicago making their way through the 2019 Calder Cup Playoffs.

With 44 wins and 98 points in the regular season, Chicago led the Western Conference for a second straight season, each while partnered with Vegas. In the first round of this season's playoffs, Chicago defeated Grand Rapids (Detroit Red Wings) in five games in the best-of-5 first round after losing the first two games of the series.

Chicago leads its best-of-7 series against Iowa (Minnesota Wild) in the second round 2-1. Game 4 is at Iowa on Wednesday.

Here is a look at some the prospects shining for the Golden Knights at the AHL level:


Cody Glass

The 20-year-old forward (6-foot-2, 178 pounds) forward joined Chicago shortly after completing his season with Portland of the Western Hockey League, where he had 69 points (15 goals, 54 assists) in 38 games in a regular season limited by a knee injury and his time with Canada at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship.

He scored two goals in his pro debut with Chicago on April 5, and had five points (three goals, two assists) in six regular-season games. He has five points (three goals, two assists) in eight playoff games, including the overtime goal in Game 1 against Iowa.


Nicolas Hague

The 20-year old defenseman has developed into another coveted prospect. A second-round selection (No. 34) in the 2017 draft, Hague (6-6, 215) had 32 points (13 goals, 19 assists) in 75 regular-season games. His 13 goals were tied for eighth among AHL defensemen, tied for second among rookies, behind teammate Dylan Coghlan (15).

In the playoffs he has four points (two goals, two assists) in eight games.


Dylan Coghlan

Undrafted after four seasons with Tri-City of the WHL, the 21-year-old defenseman (6-2, 190) signed a three-year entry-level contract Sept. 20, 2017 after impressing Golden Knights management at development camp.

He had 40 points (15 goals, 25 assists) in 66 regular-season games. His 15 goals led all rookie defensemen and placed him fifth among all AHL defensemen. His 40 points were third among rookie defensemen.


Zach Whitecloud

Another undrafted defenseman, the 22-year-old had 28 points (six goals, 22 assists) in 74 regular-season games in his first pro season. He had played the past two seasons for Bemidji State University. He also made his NHL debut April 5, 2018.

Whitecloud (6-2, 209), has four assists (two goals, two assists) in eight playoff games.


Keegan Kolesar

The Golden Knights acquired Kolesar (6-2, 227) from the Columbus Blue Jackets on June 24, 2017 for a second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Columbus had selected the 22-year-old forward in the third round (No. 69) of 2015 NHL Draft, and he played four full seasons with Seattle of the WHL. He and needed development time in the ECHL as a rookie pro last season before blossoming in the AHL this season.

Kolesar tied for third on Chicago with 20 goals, and his 36 points were ninth. His two goals in Game 5 of the first round helped Chicago advance. He leads Chicago during the playoffs with four goals, and his 23 shots on goal are second.


Gage Quinney

Quinney is a true home-grown prospect. The 23-year-old forward (5-11, 200) was born in Las Vegas and signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Golden Knights on June 1, 2018. He had played the 2017-18 season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (Pittsburgh Penguins); scoring 33 points (14 goals, 19 assists) in 57 regular-season games.

This season, he had 43 points (19 goals, 24 assists) in 68 regular-season games.


Oscar Dansk

The 25-year-old goalie has taken over the No. 1 job from 26-year-old Maxime Legace during the playoffs. 

Dansk (6-3, 195), who played four games with Vegas in 2017-18, is 4-2 with a 2.23 goals-against average and .915 save percentage in six playoff games.

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