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Prospect Updates: Brendan Brisson, Ivan Morozov, And More

April is always an interesting time for prospects, and it’s especially interesting this year with the NHL schedule pushed back a few weeks meaning we’re still in the regular season instead of starting the playoffs as we normally would be at this time.

The NCAA schedule has remained on track which has led to a flurry of signings around the league as each player’s respective season ends. On top of that, the KHL season came to an abrupt end for many players including a top Vegas prospect in Ivan Morozov. Here’s the latest on a group of VGK prospects that have decisions coming up soon.

Brendan Brisson
1st Round Pick, 2020

Brisson’s Michigan Wolverines were eliminated from the Frozen Four on Thursday. Quickly after, Brisson’s teammates Owen Power, Nick Blankenburg, and Kent Johnson inked contracts with the NHL team that held their rights. Another teammate, Matty Beniers is expected to do the same with Seattle soon.

Brisson finished his sophomore season at Michigan this year leading the team in goals. Vegas holds his rights through August of 2024, but it appears probable that Brisson will want to leave school to sign his entry-level deal this year as opposed to playing out his junior and senior years at Michigan.

If Brisson does indeed want to turn pro, the next decision will be whether or not he and/or the Golden Knights want to burn the first year of his entry-level contract. If he signs prior to Vegas’ season ending, the first year of his three-year contract will elapse meaning he’d become an RFA in the summer of 2024. If they wait until after this season concludes, he’ll be under contract for three more seasons making him an RFA in 2025.

The clock is definitely ticking, but there’s still plenty of time for the team and player to come to the agreement that works best for both using either option. Brisson would be eligible to play for the Golden Knights immediately and in the playoffs should they make it, but both seem rather unlikely at this time.

Ivan Morozov
2nd Round Pick, 2018

Morozov was the first player selected in the 2018 Draft by the Golden Knights after they traded away their 1st round pick for Tomas Tatar at the deadline. Morozov has done nothing but impress since, playing at World Juniors, the IIHF World Championship, and multiple seasons in the KHL.

His KHL contract officially expires on April 30th, but as we’ve seen in the past with Nikita Gusev, teams can come to an agreement to terminate it early.

Morozov is currently in Las Vegas and was seen at the Henderson Silver Knights game last week chatting with VGK Director of Player Development, Wil Nichol.

He is in a similar situation with his contract as the team could choose to burn a season or simply wait until the offseason and have him locked up through 2024-25.

Brandon Kruse
5th Round Pick, 2018

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Kruse played five seasons in college including four years at Bowling Green before transferring for his graduate year to Boston College. When his season ended he quickly signed an AHL player tryout contract (PTO) with the Silver Knights. Kruse played in three games registering one point before he was released from this contract.

The Golden Knights continue to hold Kruse’s NHL rights until August 15th of this year, but it appears clear that his time with the Golden Knights organization has come to an end.

Nick Campoli
6th Round Pick, 2017

Campoli played out his college eligibility at Clarkson University. The Golden Knights hold his rights until August 15th before he becomes an unrestricted free agent. Campoli has not been offered a contract with either Vegas or Henderson which indicates Vegas will likely allow his rights to expire.

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14 Comments

  1. Richie-Rich

    That Tatar move really was a bad one.

    • THE hockey GOD

      so far the wings haven’t made much hay with any of the picks
      velano sucks
      Antti Tuomisto (D) ?? never heard of him. 9 points in over 30 games, NMS
      Carter Mazur- still in college

      so stop your whining !

      • Arnold Rothstein

        he as part of the PATCHES trade, no. 67, DOH !

      • LOL, I will stop whining when they win a Cup or McCrimmon, DeBoer and Lehner are gone.

        • Right on… A trifecta of those 3 clowns would be ideal.
          However, a cup is not possible due to THE CURSE that will not expire until the organization makes restitution to the season 1 SETh’s they screwed over… SORRY

  2. knights fan in minny

    what the hell how come logan is not getting the nod

    • THE hockey GOD

      walrus needs fish fry tonight, if team doesn’t play for him, he gone.

  3. THE hockey GOD

    what about
    lukas cormier?
    Jakub Brabenec?
    Jackson Hallum (F)?
    Daniil Chayka (D)
    Jakub Demek?
    Marcus Kallionkieli (F)?
    Artur Cholach (D)
    Noah Ellis (D)?
    Jesper Vikman G
    Carl Lindbom G
    Boris Crackov of the Moscow Dynamo yout league
    Alexander Kutzurnutzov ?

  4. THE hockey GOD

    meanwhile in the NATIONAL BASKET>>>>.

    ( cookie “chainsaw” randolf doing his impression of Lee “Hacksaw” Hamilton butts in now with sports commentary)

    the soon to be Las Vegas Athletics, now playing in Oakland, is off to an 0 and 2 start. Looks like another loser team heading to desert soon. Will The Athletics bow to cancel culture like the Redskins and Indians to change their name at behest of the angered Athletic Supporters gender benders strong political allegiance; as well as some animal rights groups taking exception to circus elephant depiction ?

    Some names are bantered about for the new Vegas baseball team including but not limited to the Vegas Beaners, Vegas All Knighters, Vegas Vultures, Las Vegas Sin City Sinners, Las Vegas Hooters, Las Vegas Runnin’ Rebels (opps that one is taken), Las Vegas Loan Sharks, Las Vegas Pit Bosses, the Las Vegas Jokers, Las Vegas Dealers, Las Vegas Vomit, Las Vegas Varmints (with Yosemite Sam logo, I am partial to this one), Las Vegas, Las Vegas spades/diamonds/hearts/clubs ( I like Clubs as best one), Las Vegas Pokers, Las Vegas Chop Houses, Las Vegas Clothing optional pools (opps, my mind was drifting due to.>>) Las Vegas Openers, Las Vegas Card Counters, Las Vegas CArds, Las Vegas gamblers/ramblers/wrangler/outlaws/syndicate/MOB – Mob is my favorite of that group. I am gong to fast. I can’t keep up. Las Vegas Lost your shirts/belly up/Tapped out. Tapped out is my favorite.

    • THE baseball GOD

      And that wraps up , wait a minute. One more news item on BASEBALL. MLB instituted the dumbest new rule change EVER. Talk about CANCELING CULtUre. NO MORE CHEATING OF SIGNS, WHY . WELCOME Catcher punches in number on wrist. Signal sent to earplug on pitcher. WHAT A WUSS OUT. Stealing of signs was ALWAYS part of the game from legendary manager of GIANTS- John McGraw , to Casey Stengel, to Billy Martin (all knowledge passed down from one to another). They are certainly caving in to the whiners and woke crowd. Now get this, and I saw this myself. Catcher punches in signal. Pitcher takes out ear plug, shouts into ear plug, stares into catcher. Catcher comes out. Read lips- you punched in a knuckleball, you knuckle head, I throw a spitter not a knuckleball. CAtcher goes back behind plate. Punches in again. Pitcher takes out ear plug stares into it. T V Announcer says “well the battery must have gone dead”. Pitcher stalls for time. Now get this, while waiting for the signal the PITCHER stares into the catcher, What’s the pitcher looking at ? There are no signals. DUMB DUMB DUMB. What is batter doing? He’s looking down at the catcher trying to see what button the catcher is pushing. DUMB DUMB DUMB

      >>BALL ASSOCATION.

      Dave Rickets and Shelly cut in, “boy you outdid yourself, chainsaw we are going to get some hate mail now”.
      Chainsaw laughing his head off in back ground.

    • THE hockey GOD

      And that wraps up , wait a minute. One more news item on BASEBALL. MLB instituted the dumbest new rule change EVER. Talk about CANCELING CULtUre. NO MORE CHEATING OF SIGNS, WHY . WELCOMEthe push button pitch signal sender. Catcher punches in number on wrist. Signal sent to earplug on pitcher. WHAT A WUSS OUT. Stealing of signs was ALWAYS part of the game from legendary manager of GIANTS- John McGraw , to Casey Stengel, to Billy Martin (all knowledge passed down from one to another). They are certainly caving in to the whiners and woke crowd. Now get this, and I saw this myself. Catcher punches in signal. Pitcher takes out ear plug, shouts into ear plug, stares into catcher. Catcher comes out. Read lips- you punched in a knuckleball, you knuckle head, I throw a spitter not a knuckleball. CAtcher goes back behind plate. Punches in again. Pitcher takes out ear plug stares into it. T V Announcer says “well the battery must have gone dead”. Pitcher stalls for time. Now get this, while waiting for the signal the PITCHER stares into the catcher, What’s the pitcher looking at ? There are no signals. DUMB DUMB DUMB. What is batter doing? He’s looking down at the catcher trying to see what button the catcher is pushing. DUMB DUMB DUMB

      >>BALL ASSOCATION.

      Dave Rickets and Shelly cut in, “boy you outdid yourself, chainsaw we are going to get some hate mail now”.
      Chainsaw laughing his head off in back ground.

      • THE hockey GOD

        “T V Announcer says “well the battery must have gone dead””

        get it , a pun, the pitcher = catcher is called a battery, and the ear piece has a battery in it.
        ROFLMAO
        I just fell off my sofa laughing so hard.

        • THE hockey GOD

          pun1
          /pən/
          Learn to pronounce

          noun: pun; plural noun: puns

          a joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words which sound alike but have different meanings.

    • Wow man. Put down the bong! LOL.

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