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Golden Knights Did Their Due Diligence On 2nd Round Pick’s Critical Weakness

It seems almost too obvious to point out, but the fact of the matter is the NHL is a league of skating. The better you can skate, the better you can play.

So, when you flip through the scouting reports of the first player the Golden Knights selected in the Draft this year, there’s good reason for concern. Here are just a few snippets about the 48th overall pick, Matyas Sapovaliv.

His lack of speed doesn’t just affect him in the defensive zone or when coming off of the walls either. His lack of top-end north-south speed forces him to make plays at half speeds more often than a lot of other forwards in transition. –NHL Black Book

He lacks agility and explosiveness, and despite his strong two-way play, he needs to skate backward quicker to improve his defensive abilities. If he wants his offensive prowess to translate to the faster AHL and NHL level, he needs to improve his skating. -Sean Raggio,

Will need to improve his mobility and processing speed as he matures but has middle-six NHL potential. -Nick Richard,

Literally, every in-depth scouting report on Sapovaliv mentions his below-average skating.

It was evident to the Golden Knights too. Assistant Director of Player Personnel Bob Lowes mentioned he and his staff understand the issues with his skating. He also said he believes it’s correctable and that’s why he became a Golden Knight.

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Bob Lowes Hired As Assistant Director Of Player Personnel

The newest member of the Las Vegas staff comes to the team from Ottawa where he was the chief amateur scout for the Senators. Bob Lowes also spent an extended period of time in the WHL as a head coach including a nine year stint coaching Kelly McCrimmon’s Brandon Wheat Kings.

From Ottawa Senators Media Guide

From Ottawa Senators Media Guide

Lowes is the assistant to Vaughn Karpan who was also an amateur scout prior to joining the Vegas front office.

During his time as chief amateur scout the Sens selected Thomas Chabot and Colin White in the first round in 2015 and Logan Brown this season. None of the three have made it to the NHL level. While a scout in Ottawa the Senators also selected Nick Foligno (son of Las Vegas pro scout Mike Foligno), Erik Karlsson, Jakob Silfverberg, Robin Lehner, Mika Zibanejad, Jared Cowen, and Curtis Lazar. But most notably he is credited with the selection of Mark Stone with the 178th selection in the sixth round of the 2010 Draft.

Lowes is 53 years-old and has been coaching or scouting since 1984 when his short playing career ended. He continues the trend of GM George McPhee preferring scouts with long resumes in the NHL and/or WHL. He is one of the few who was directly poached from another organization, which is likely why he has the fancy title rather than being named scout like much of the staff.

Once again, all signs point to this once again being a good signing as the organization continues to build what appears to be a dream front office. They have 261 days until the Expansion Draft and just a few more until their first Entry Draft. Hopefully this players on ice look as promising as the staff who assembled them off it.

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