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Stock Up, Stock Down: 2022 Rookie Faceoff

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The Golden Knights rookies finished off the annual Rookie Faceoff tournament in San Jose with a record of 1-1-1, winning on Friday against Arizona. Most VGK prospects participated in two games with a few hitting the ice for all three. Goalie Jesper Vikman started the second two games while Isaiah Saville played the first and came on halfway through the third.

We’ll have a full update to the SinBin Prospect Rankings towards the end of main training camp, so for now let’s just highlight a few guys whose stock is rising and a few whose stock is falling.

Stock Up

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Artur Cholach

Prior to this tournament in his time with the Golden Knights, the 6th round pick was most known for representing Ukraine at the most recent Draft. After this tournament, he’s should be known much more for what he does on the ice than where he’s from off it. Cholach looked like a dominant shutdown defenseman in all three games. Each of the first two games he was paired with an offensive-minded defenseman and he held down the fort as his partner ventured forward. He’s big, he’s strong, and he’s positionally sound.

Ben Hemmerling

The most notable aspect of Hemmerling’s game this weekend was his motor. Quite simply, he never stops. You can find him busting his butt all over the ice trying to make the next play no matter how far away he is from the puck. There’s still a ways to go in his offensive game, but the groundwork is there. Playing against him has to be such a pain.

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10 Questions I’m Interested To Have Answered At Development Camp Scrimmages

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For the first time since 2019, the Golden Knights are holding a Development Camp at City National Arena. The pandemic wiped out two years of Dev Camp and it’s left us with a lot of prospects who have either never been in a sweater with a Vegas logo on it or have done it sparingly.

With that, there’s a lot to keep an eye on during the scrimmages at the end of the week. Here’s what I’m looking for.

1) Will Brendan Brisson look like the clear #1 prospect in the VGK system?

Brisson has impressed at every level including his most recent short stint in the AHL. However, I’ve still been left with some questions, most notably his ability to hold the puck in the offensive zone and his overall defensive game. As one of just two 1st round picks, and playing as an older player, Brisson needs to clearly stand out as one of the best players in these scrimmages.

2) Can Lukas Cormier’s offensive game translate against better competition?

Numbers, numbers, and more numbers. That’s all we’ve seen from Cormier in the QMJHL. But, due to the lack of camps the last two years we’ve only seen hin in Vegas for the Rookie Faceoff in Arizona and then a few preseason games. He wasn’t particularly good in either and it seemed like his deficiencies defensively overshadowed his offensive game. It would be great to see that half-goal-per-game player show up with a VGK uni on.

3) Is Kaedan Korczak ready?

If you take one peek at Korczak’s frame, you’ll know he’s more than ready to play in the NHL physically. He was steady through the AHL season and looked competent in his single NHL appearance. Back in September in the Rookie Faceoff, there was a lack of urgency to his game that concerned me. It seemed to dissipate as I watched him a few times for Henderson. I’m hoping to not see it again.

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Defenseman Connor Corcoran has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Golden Knights.

Corcoran is a tall, right-hand shot defenseman who has taken major steps since being selected by the Golden Knights in the 5th round of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. He tallied 54 points in 62 games with the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL.

He is currently ranked 9th in the Golden Knights Prospect Rankings.

Read more about Corcoran here.

Connor Corcoran A Rising VGK Prospect

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When the Golden Knights drafted Connor Corcoran in the 5th round of the 2018 Draft he was widely considered a defense-first defenseman. A bigger kid standing 6’2″ at around 190 pounds, Corcoran was most known for his gap control and poise on the puck in his own end but the offensive side of the game had not really shone through.

Two years later, that label probably needs to be thrown in the trash can after Corcoran put up the best offensive season of his career with 19 goals and 35 assists in 62 OHL games while remaining solid in his own end. He finished in the top 10 in the league in points and 4th overall in the OHL in goals this season. In fact, Corcoran scored more goals himself than every other defenseman on his team combined, and it wasn’t close (19 to 12.)

Corcoran actually started his OHL career with a familiar face to the Golden Knights. When he joined the Spitfires in 2016, the head coach in Windsor was Rocky Thompson. The future Wolves coach allowed Corcoran to play both forward and defense before moving him full-time to D.

Playing D this year I really liked it. So I’m hoping I’ll be able to step in as a two-way D, play on the penalty kill, chip in a bit on the power play, but I’d say (the plan is to) stick to D. -Corcoran on 6/24/18

Obviously the Golden Knights believed the progression would come and it absolutely has with Corcoran taking the massive leap offensively this season. He plays a physical game, skates well, and clearly the offensive side to playing D has started to flash.

Corcoran says he models his game after current Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Matt Niskanen, a player who has put up 25 points in seven straight seasons while averaging more than 22 minutes a night.

A right-handed two-way defenseman that plays in every situation and adds offense consistently, Corcoran is exactly what the Golden Knights need coming up through the system.

Using the current calendar (which may change due to the hiatus), Vegas only owns Corcoran’s rights until June 1st of this year. With the steps he took in his second season after being drafted, you can bank on the Golden Knights finding a way to sign him to an entry-level deal soon and Corcoran to be pushing for a spot inside of his old coach’s lineup for the AHL team heading to Vegas/Henderson next year.

While the Golden Knights are still waiting to really receive some major impact from a rookie at the NHL level, the bottom of McPhee and McCrimmon’s draft classes continue to impress. They may not have the next superstar in the system, but consistently hitting on 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th round picks is one way to keep the cupboard stocked, and the Golden Knights appear to be on the right track in doing that with Corcoran.

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