SinBin.vegas

Praise Be To Foley, Vegas Golden Knights Hockey Website

Keegan Kolesar’s Role Includes Unshattered Glass

He’s a little different than both Reaves and Carrier, but he’s certainly in the next generation of those type of players. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Down the line, prized possessions like Cody Glass and Erik Brannstrom will be inserted into the lineup and eventually take over as the next generation of Golden Knights stars. But while they continue to develop, other Vegas prospects have other roles to grow into.

Every guy has a different role and a different attribute and physicality is one of mine. Whenever I can be physical and give myself some more room, it creates space for everyone else. Everyone else feels more comfortable out there. -Keegan Kolesar

(Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Kolesar’s game feels like a sort of a hybrid of William Carrier and Ryan Reaves. He has a better shot than both Vegas bruisers, and can land just as mean of a hit. In the ECHL, the 21-year-old averaged 0.88 points per game, totaling 16 points (9 Goals, 7 Assists) in 20 games with Quad City. Once Kolesar hit the AHL his PPG dropped significantly and totaled 46 penalty minutes in 44 games.

He has to play that way. He has to be physical and he’s made some nice plays. He has the ability to play with good players and produce offensively. I use him in a lot of different periods of the game, playing on the power-play. He also looks after guys too. -Rocky Thompson, Chicago Wolves Coach

Kolesar already has that protective older brother relationship going on with the 19-year-old Glass and other up and coming Golden Knights.

Read More

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 SAN JOSE SHARKS 4 – SO (2-1 VGK) (4-0-0 Preseason)

Yet again the Golden Knights scored pretty much instantly, this time from Max Pacioretty. It kind of went downhill from there as the Golden Knights allowed the next three goals. Alex Tuch set up Oscar Lindberg to get Vegas back within one but a shorthanded goal put San Jose back up by two at the end of the 2nd. Vegas ties it with an amazing effort by Ryan Carpenter and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare to score a shorthanded goal. Then, in shootout, who else but Erik Brannstrom scores the game-winner.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks preseason game at SAP Center.

  • Keegan Kolesar on his chances to make the roster and his job protecting Cody Glass.

Three Stars
*** Pierre-Edouard Bellemare
** Timo Meier
* Tomas Hertl

Cryptic But Telling Quote From Gallant On Young Players Making The Roster

It still feels like Hague has a bit of ground to make up on Brannstrom, but there’s plenty of time to do it and the roster spot is open for someone to take. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

With just under two weeks left before Opening Night, the Golden Knights still have three young defensemen still in camp competing for a spot on the roster.

Erik Brannstrom, Nic Hague, and Jake Bischoff have distanced themselves from the pack and with Nate Schmidt suspended and Shea Theodore likely to miss the start of the season, it appears a roster spot or two is open for a rookie.

Brannstrom will play in his fourth consecutive preseason game paired with veteran Nick Holden tonight. Hague and Bishoff will each play in their third, paired with each other in all three.

Jack Adams winner Gerard Gallant was asked in today’s press conference if he and the organization prefer to have a player playing in the AHL rather than a healthy scratch on the NHL roster. He essentially passed on that question saying it’s George McPhee’s decision but did offer something of note when pressed further.

It’s always been we’re taking our best players. It’s not like the situation we had last year, if that’s what your trying to get to, it’s not like that situation, we want to win it’s a completely different scenario than it was last year. -Gerard Gallant

Last year the Golden Knights were expected to be among the worst teams in the NHL, and they were managed that way as well. Rather than risk losing a player on waivers, they sent Alex Tuch and Shea Theodore to the AHL to start out the season. There was also the Vadim Shipachyov situation. It ended up resulting in Jason Garrison and Griffin Reinhart on the opening night roster.

This year, however, especially with Schmidt and Theodore missing, there’s a different feeling to how the initial roster will be constructed. At this point, it seems inevitable that at least one of Brannstrom, Hague or Bischoff will make the team.

The leader appears to be Brannstrom, but Hague has been electric on the power play, and Bischoff appears to be the most responsible of the bunch. There are still four preseason games and about a week of practices left for McPhee, Gallant, and company to make the call, but you can pretty much go to the bank with the idea that there will be a rookie defenseman on the roster come October 4th.

(Unless Shea Theodore signs and returns to camp between now and then.)

SinBin.vegas Podcast #123: Hop Aboard The Brannwagon

Following the first three preseason games, we jump back in the studio to talk about what we learned and we’re expecting to see in the next few. Hosted by Ken Boehlke and Jason Pothier.

  • Do preseason games even matter?
  • Golden Knights top line remains dominant
  • Erik Brannstrom after three games
  • Golden Knights goalie depth
  • William Hill odds for the Golden Knights have jumped
  • Mark Stone rumors

And much more…

We are on iTunesStitcher, and Google Play. Subscribe now!

itunes                 stitcher-icon-100x100                 

Why Do Fans Hate Nick Holden?

Poor guy. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

One of the Golden Knights’ major additions this offseason was bringing in defenseman Nick Holden as a free agent. The 6’4″ versatile defenseman has scored 10 goals twice and has tallied 20 or more points three times in his career. He’s responsible defensively and is consistently deployed to start shifts in his own zone (56% career D-Zone Starts).

However, the moment Holden’s signing to Vegas was announced, a barrage of hate was thrown towards the Golden Knights by fans of Holden’s previous teams, the Avalanche, Rangers, and Bruins. Look…

https://twitter.com/tony21ny/status/1031677503289548801

But why? Why is it pretty much universal when you ask fans what they think of Holden they react negatively? To find the answer, we went straight to the source and asked the man himself, why does everyone hate you?

I think cause I’m not a real flashy guy. I try to do the little things right all the time. I won’t make any real big plays where fans will notice me. They’ll notice when I get scored on and they won’t notice anything else. They won’t notice if I block a shot. Most fans like the offensive guys and the tough guys and I’m neither. -Nick Holden

What Holden does is play good defense. Holden has posted four consecutive seasons with a defensive point share of over 2.5 and registered a 3.9 in each of the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. For reference, only Brayden McNabb (5.0) and Nate Schmidt (4.8) scored over 3.9 for Vegas last year.

I learned a few years ago to not really watch that stuff, it just matters what happens in here (the locker room). -Holden

We’ll see what Vegas fans eventually think of Holden when he hits the ice for the Golden Knights for real. Odds are they’ll hate him too, even though he’s a really good player, just not the right kind of really good player.

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 7 LOS ANGELES KINGS 2 (3-0-0 Preseason)

For the third consecutive preseason game it didn’t take long for the Golden Knights to get going. They scored three times in the 1st period including one from Daniel Carr, who we featured earlier today on the site. Vegas’ top line of William Karlsson, Jonathan Marchessault, and Reilly Smith were absolutely dominant the entire night accounting for four goals between them.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Los Angeles Kings preseason game at STAPLES Center.

  • Why do fans hate Nick Holden? We asked Nick Holden.

Three Stars
*** Reilly Smith
** William Karlsson
* Jonathan Marchessault

Daniel Carr: “I’m Here To Prove I’m An NHL Player”

Carr is in a group with Lindberg, Carrier, Carpenter, Hyka, Pirri, McKenzkie, and others all competing for one or two roster spots. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Some in Montreal found it puzzling why the Canadiens let RFA Daniel Carr fall into the free agency market. It didn’t take long for Golden Knights GM George McPhee to sign the left-handed forward to a one-year, one-way contract worth $750,000.

I’m here to prove I’m an NHL player. I’m going to play my game and play it to the point where you don’t really give them the choice. -Daniel Carr

Carr is fully aware of the offensive logjam in Vegas. Realistically, he’s fighting for a bottom six spot with a group of about eight other forwards. Carr does have a few things working for him. He has 94 NHL games under his belt and he has the ability to boost some much-needed offense on the bottom two lines.

The way this team plays… it just makes hockey fun. It’s like ‘okay everybody, go out there, and make plays.’ It’s just fun. The system just lets you go play. It’s kinda like letting your hockey senses take over and just go out there. It makes the game easy, and it’s just fun. -Carr

Carr had early successful in Montreal, and when I say early, I mean it. In his first NHL career game, the 26-year-old scored his first goal on his first shift. However, over time Habs coach Claude Julien juggled his lines so often that Carr was a healthy scratch for many games last season.

Read More

Golden Knights Defensemen Power Rankings

Brannstrom is on his way to forcing McPhee and Gallant into keeping him around. (Photo by Brandon Andreasen)

We are now over a week into training camp and have seen a pair of preseason games in which 32 different skaters have taken the ice for the Golden Knights. The impending suspension of Nate Schmidt and the possibility of Shea Theodore missing games with the contract negotiations has the blue line wide open heading into October 4th.

I like carrying eight defensemen and we’ve done it because some of the young guys weren’t really ready to be called up, so we wanted to carry eight. We’re carrying eight again next year. The good news is, we’ve got guys that can be called up this year. -George McPhee

Of course, there are still nearly three weeks of practice and six preseason games to sort it all out, but let’s take a look at how we think it shakes out as we speak.

This is a ranking of each defenseman in the Golden Knights system by the current level of play. This does not take into account things like suspension, holdout, waiver exempt status, contract, or likelihood to make the roster. These are my rankings, not necessarily how I believe the team would rank the players. (Nonetheless, admittedly, a lot of my beliefs come from decisions made by the front office and coaching staff on players.)

1) Nate Schmidt

Nate is in a class of his own on the Golden Knights blue line. He’s the only player currently even close to being considered a 1A defenseman, and even that can be debated either way. However, with the suspension, he’s unavailable for 20 games, so he won’t be an option for the Golden Knights come October 4th.

2) Brayden McNabb

Looking back on the contract, McNabb was an absolute steal for George McPhee. With Schmidt’s absence, McNabb will step into the role as the Golden Knights top defenseman. He’ll be relied upon to stop the opposing teams’ best players night in and night out for the first month and a half and will be the key penalty-killing defenseman as well. McNabb is much maligned at times, but the guy is a legit high-end shutdown defenseman and when paired with the right player, he and his partner can shine.

3) Colin Miller

Yes, Miller is rated above Theodore, and not because Theodore is not in camp, but because Miller is the more complete player at this moment. Give it a few years and Theodore will probably soar past him, but right now Miller has become acceptable (and probably even more than that) in his own end and he’s an absolute weapon in the offensive zone. He boasts the hardest shot on the team and he’s bound to have a mega offensive season playing a much more prominent role than a year ago.

Read More

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS 5 COLORADO AVALANCHE 1 (2-0-0 Preseason)

As it often is when he’s on the ice, it was the Erik Brannstrom show in Denver. Brannstrom helped start the scoring with a nice pass along the wall on the power play to set up a Brandon Pirri goal. Then, after skating the puck out of trouble from below his own net, Brannstrom flew down the center of the ice, got a pass from Tomas Hyka, and buried the puck past Semyon Varlamov. Alex Tuch scored the Golden Knights third goal on a sweet set of passes by Paul Stastny and Oscar Lindberg. Reid Duke and Erik Haula added goals late.

Upcoming stories from the Vegas Golden Knights vs. Colorado Avalanche preseason game at Pepsi Center.

  • Defensemen Power Rankings

Three Stars (Were not awarded by Pepsi Center)
***
**
*

William Hill Becomes First Sports Book To Partner With NHL Team

The world is changing all around us, especially professional sports. William Hill Sportsbook and the Vegas Golden Knights today made a joint announcement that both have reached a partnership. Thus, opening up possibly the biggest can of worms in pro sports in modern day history. The Golden Knights become the first professional sports franchise to join forces with a legal sports betting outlet.

We could not be more excited to partner with the Golden Knights.  We are headquartered in Las Vegas and have seen first-hand what this team has done for our community. William Hill is the leader in the U.S sports betting market and we are proud of the fact that this is the first sponsorship agreement between a sports book and an NHL team in the country.  We appreciate the leadership of Bill Foley and his Golden Knights management team in bringing a winning franchise to Las Vegas and always working to make the in-game experience the best anywhere. -Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill US

The William Hill and Golden Knights partnership will feature a dasherboard ad, in-arena signage, updated league-wide odds displayed on the Knight Tron during intermission, an away game watch party, and recognition on the LED ribbon board of the “William Hill Line Change” when the Golden Knights make a line change during the game.

We are always looking for innovative ways to engage different segments our fan base and provide a unique fan experience. Like the Vegas Golden Knights, William Hill US is a proud ‘Vegas Born’ organization. This partnership between a major professional team and a sports book operator is a historic, landmark agreement and we are delighted to be leading the way with William Hill in this space. -Kerry Bubolz, Vegas Golden Knights President

William Hill is the premier sportsbook in Nevada and boasts the best, and easiest to use, mobile sports betting app on the market.

This is a proud moment for us here at SinBin.vegas because William Hill has been a sponsor with us nearly from the site’s inception. Now, they’ve made history breaking through the glass ceiling of partnerships with sports gambling companies and NHL teams.

Page 1 of 161

Powered by WordPress & Theme by Anders Norén

SinBin.vegas

SinBin.vegas