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Brendan Brisson Switches To #19, Looking To Seize #19’s Place In The Lineup Too

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For Brendan Brisson, 2023 offers opportunities. First, to wear the jersey number he’s waited a few years for, and second, to wear that jersey in the game he’s waited his entire life for.

Reilly Smith’s departure from the Golden Knights left both the #19 available and a winger position open in the Golden Knights lineup. Brisson wasted no time snapping up the first.

I have all the respect for Reilly Smith. Since the first day he got here, he’s been so meaningful not only to the organization but the city of Vegas. I’ve worn 19 my whole life, so I reached out to some of the older guys on the team just to make sure it was all good. I reached out to Reilly as well and told him if there’s a problem I won’t switch. He said, ‘Just make sure you take care of her.’ -Brendan Brisson

Brisson understands the gravity of the change, and he’s planning on using it in a positive way.

It gives me motivation too because he’s such a good player and a good person off the ice so every day I’m just going to try and fill that role of wearing #19. -Brisson

That brings us to the other role filled by #19, as an everyday starter, and scorer, in the Golden Knights’ lineup.

It’s one more spot and it’s going to be pretty competitive during camp. There are a lot of really good players here and I’m sure they’re all going to bring their best. That’s going to bring the best out of me too. -Brisson

Brisson will enter camp as one of a handful of players with aspirations of seizing that spot. His competition includes Paul Cotter, Pavel Dorofeyev, and the newest Golden Knight who recently agreed to a professional try out, Max Comtois.

To win the job, Brisson will have to prove his worth, especially in the areas he’s not as well known for.

I’ve been working on my pace, getting pucks back, wall battles, and the little details that will make every other part of my game easier to play. -Brisson

Brisson’s strongest asset is his lethal one-timer. He’s proven time and time again that he can beat any goalie put in front of him and the expectation is that it will translate at the NHL level as well. It’ll be up to him to show the rest of his game is at that level as well.

After a full season in the AHL, Brisson looked the part in Development Camp this summer. He was calm on the puck, strong in battles, and positionally sound off it.

He did it though among a group in which he was one of the elder statesmen. If he can continue proving it alongside the reigning Stanley Cup champions in Training Camp, Golden Knights fans might not have to wait long to see #19 back on the wing of William Karlsson.


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  1. THE hockey GOD

    I take my card and I stand in line
    To make a buck I work overtime
    Dear Sir letters keep coming in the mail
    I work my back till it’s racked with pain
    The boss can’t even recall my name
    I show up late and I’m docked
    It never fails
    I feel like just another
    Spoke in a great big wheel
    Like a tiny blade of grass
    In a great big field

    [Verse 2]
    To workers I’m just another drone
    To Ma Bell I’m just another phone
    I’m just another statistic on a sheet
    To teachers I’m just another child
    To IRS I’m another file
    I’m just another consensus on the street
    Gonna cruise out of this city
    Head down to the sea
    Gonna shout out at the ocean
    Hey it’s me

    And I feel like a number
    Feel like a number

  2. Former season ticket holder

    A promise to keep

  3. Jailbird

    I knew thg wouldn’t keep to his statement that he was done posting. Then after coming back and posting a few hockey things, here he goes again with his marathon posts, meaning what? Oh well, that few weeks was heaven, while it lasted!

    • THE hockey GOD

      I never said I was done. I said that was my last post, on that particular thread and went on hiatus for the summer.

      What part of Bob Seger I feel like a number don’t you like?

      Whiner no . 1 ??

    • TS

      Jb, to be honest, I actually like his lyrical side. It’s a helluva lot better than his
      offensive alternatives!! Now, if he starts posting his own AUDIO to the songs….Argh!!

      • Sorvino

        Me too TS

      • THE hockey GOD

        only people taking offense are from planet stupidia who repeated voted for biden out of hate

        that is offensive to any person with ethics, morals, or integrity.

        i see where the “teachers unions’ have been ordered by judge to stop their rolling sickouts, shutting down schools. It is all about the teachers, never about the children and learning. Get the goobermint out of business of education, and get ride of public school system. It sucks just like unions suck.
        Unions serve no purpose anymore, except to line pockets of unions bosses and pedocrats pockets.

        Anyone ever wonder how Bidens got so rich on gooberment salary when they came into office with nothing ?

    • Meaning Nothing – just takes up space.

  4. Jailbird

    Hockey two weeks away! That’s all I care about.

    • vgk21

      Hockey is not 2 weeks away. it is here TODAY, with the Prospect tournament …. VGK vs Anaheim TONIGHT.

  5. Jailbird

    Golden Knights the CupChamps is two weeks away!

  6. Jailbird

    I told you about the retard. Back at it. I’m Back to ignoring his stupid political rants.

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