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Roster Battles Incredibly Limited At 2021 VGK Training Camp

(Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

When you take a hard look at the Golden Knights roster you’ll quickly realize there aren’t many question marks when it comes to lineup construction. The top-six is all but guaranteed to remain intact, the entire blue line is locked in, and there’s no longer a goalie competition for either the starting role or the backup.

There are at least 15 players out of the allowed 20 that will dress on October 12th we can essentially write in with a Sharpie marker. There would actually be a 16th if Alex Tuch were healthy, but his injury leaves at least one more spot open for discussion.

Of course, the lines and pairs could shift, but here are the names that I’d be willing to go out on a limb and guarantee (if healthy) are in the lineup in 27 days at T-Mobile Arena.




Thus, there are reasonably five slots that could be interchangeable.

At forward, there are five players currently under one-way NHL contracts. William Carrier, Brett Howden, Keegan Kolesar, Nic Roy, and Patrick Brown. Then, there’s Nolan Patrick who is an RFA but will likely have a contract prior to Opening Night. Throw in the waiver-exempt Peyton Krebs, Jack Dugan, and Lucas Elvenes and we’re looking at a group of nine players with a chance of suiting up against the Seattle Kraken.

Roy is probably the closest player in this group to having a guaranteed spot in the lineup, especially considering his strong postseason and massive goal in Game 4 against the Canadiens.  The other three spots truly represent the only roster competition in VGK Training Camp.

Kolesar would seem to have the next strongest case considering he was protected against waivers for the entire 2020-21 season. His game certainly progressed over the year and there’s really no reason to believe they’d be willing to risk him on waivers this year when they were in an even tighter spot a year ago.

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Meet The New Guys

A few days ago Tyrell Goulbourne sent out an Instagram post wearing his brand new Golden Knights warmup jersey and white gloves. We shared it on’ social media account and were blown away by the number of “who is he?” comments. So, today we shall try to make that change.

This offseason the Golden Knights experienced a lot of turnover, especially in the depth department. Out went Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (COL), Ryan Carpenter (CHI), Erik Haula (CAR), and Colin Miller (BUF) from the NHL roster, and with them went Chicago Wolves standouts Daniel Carr (NSH), T.J. Tynan (COL), Max Lagace (BOS), Stefan Matteau (Cleveland AHL), Brooks Macek (KHL), Tomas Hyka (KHL), and others.

In total, four of the Wolves top seven scorers walked out the door. However, the Golden Knights organization did reload. They signed four new players that will certainly become household names for Wolves fans, and one or two may see time in Vegas. Either way, they’ll all be here next week, so we thought it would be nice to introduce them and attempt to end the “Brett Lernout: Who’s that?” comments from popping up anymore.

Tyrell Goulbourne
Position: Forward
Age: 25
Draft: 2013, Round 3, #72 overall, Philadelphia Flyers
Last Team: Lehigh Valley Phantoms (Philadelphia AHL)

Goulbourne is cut from the Bellemare and Carrier cloth. Not the most offensively gifted player, Goulbourne makes his presence known with relentless forechecking and physicality. In his 223 AHL games, Goulbourne has tallied just 25 goals and 55 points, but racked up 313 penalty minutes.

He won the WHL Championship in 2015 with the Kelowna Rockets, which is likely why he was on Kelly McCrimmon and the Golden Knights’ radar.

He has an extensive history of fighting in the AHL. It’s definitely worth a visit to his page on

Patrick Brown
Position: Forward
Age: 27
Draft: Undrafted
Last Team: Charlotte Checkers (Carolina AHL)

Brown is best known as the former captain of the team that beat the Chicago Wolves in the Calder Cup Final. He’s been the Checkers captain for three years and will likely be in the running to wear at least an “A” for the Wolves if he doesn’t make the Golden Knights roster. He got a call-up to the Hurricanes in the playoffs but didn’t make a major impact.

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Patrick Brown Could Be Next Diamond In The Rough

(Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Whether it’s through an Expansion Draft, Entry Draft, waivers, free agency, or a trade, the Golden Knights have a type. They like a well-rounded, 200-foot player who plays in all situations, but beyond all, they really value “character.”

On July 1st, the Golden Knights signed Patrick Brown, a 27-year-old right-handed center/winger who has spent a majority of his career in the AHL. He’s scored 125 points in 334 AHL games plus another 14 in 24 playoff games.

An undrafted free agent out of Boston College, Brown signed with the Carolina Hurricanes in May of 2014. Each of his first three seasons as a pro he bounced between the Charlotte Checkers and the Hurricanes, playing a total of 28 games in the NHL. Then, he found his niche.

Brown was named an alternate captain of the Checkers in 2015-16 before being named captain of the team in 16-17. He’s held that title for each of the past three seasons including through the Checkers run to the Calder Cup this year.

Patrick served as captain in Charlotte again last season and was the heart and soul of the team. He is a tremendous leader on and off the ice and is a reliable, hard-working player. We are excited to keep him in the organization again next season. -Don Waddell, Hurricanes GM on June 6th, 2018

Brown was one of the first forwards called up to the Hurricanes during the 2018-19 season and even found himself in the playoffs after Andrei Svechnikov was hurt in a fight.

This is yet another example of the Golden Knights finding hidden gems to fill their AHL roster with while also creating depth at the NHL level. As Ryan Carpenter, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Daniel Carr, Brooks Macek, and Tomas Hyka walk out the door, one of the players to fill that void will be Brown. Plus, if you ask another new Golden Knight, Nicolas Roy, Brown’s teammate in Charlotte, Brown might make some noise with the new opportunity.

Our captain Patrick Brown has been in the AHL for most of his career but he’s a really good player, a really good teammate, leader. He brings a lot too, playing the same style as me, good offensively and defensively, but I think he’s been overlooked a little bit. He’s a really good player. –Nicholas Roy on Popternative

Obviously, the Golden Knights saw something they liked in the Calder Cup Final as Brown captained his team to a win over the Wolves. He seems to now fit into a group of current Golden Knights with Tomas Nosek, Nicolas Roy, Curtis McKenzie, Gage Quinney, Valentin Zykov, and Stefan Matteau. There’s probably room for one, if not two, of those guys to make the NHL roster.

Don’t be shocked if Patrick Brown makes a push towards that 4th line center spot when training camp rolls around. But even if he doesn’t, Rocky Thompson and the Wolves are going to be glad to have him.

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