In Part I, we identified what the Golden Knights looks for in a player, now it’s time to try and figure out which draft-eligible players in 2019 fit the mold.
In trying to identify players I had to rank what I thought was most valued by the team. Here’s the order of criteria I came up with.
- Most used style traits (Two-way, skilled, long-stride, strong, good vision, quickness, etc)
- Less frequently used style traits (All-Situations, Transition, Possession, Work-Ethic, Hands, Forecheck, etc)
- Skating ability
Forward, Niagara (OHL), 6’0″, 183 lbs
Tomasino checks almost every single box. You can’t find a preview on this kid that doesn’t include it saying that he’s a two-way player that can do it all on the ice. He’s a good skater who is terrific on the forecheck as well. He’s the right size, he plays the right position, he uses the right hand, he comes from the right league, and he’s the right age. He looks like the perfect fit for Vegas.
Forward, Victoria (BCHL), 5’10”, 195 lbs
Another player that scouts can’t make it a full paragraph without calling a two-way player. He’s often described as explosive and deceptive and his ability to put pressure on defensemen makes him a great fit in the Golden Knights system.
Likely unavailable but fit: Kirby Dach, Dylan Cozens, Peyton Krebs
Defenseman, Prince George (BCHL), 6’2″, 188 lbs
I nearly put him in the 1st round group because he fits what the Golden Knights are looking for incredibly well. He’s an all-around defensive player who takes care of his own end and jumps into the rush whenever possible. He’s an excellent puck-handler and skates well for his size. If this guy is there three times for the Golden Knights, I’d be shocked if they pass on him.
Forward, HV 71 Jr. (Sweden), 6’1″, 183 lbs
Holmstrom is a player that slipped in the rankings due to injuries. The Golden Knights have shown a willingness to pick a player that drops due to injury and hope they can grab a steal. He’s the exact type of player Vegas likes though, described as a two-way player with dynamic offensive upside.