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2019 Rookie Camp Non-Roster Invitees; Who Are They?

This is Charles-Antoine Roy, not Nicolas Roy. (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

We’re almost out of the woods, hockey is right around the corner. In less than two weeks Golden Knights rookies report to camp with a trio of games to follow in Anaheim the weekend of September 7th. The Golden Knights announced the roster set to participate in those games. It includes 26 players with 18 of them under Golden Knights control.

That means there are eight players who are camp invitees by the Golden Knights. Here’s a look at each one of them.

Justin Ducharme
Forward – Chicoutimi Saguenéens

Ducharme attended Development Camp this summer after not being listed on the original roster to do so. He’s coming off a stellar season in the Q scoring 30 goals in 66 games. His best asset is his skating. He’s quick, has high-end top speed, and excellent acceleration.

Pavel Gogolev
Forward – Guelph Storm

A player that previously had no ties to the Golden Knights will be the most intriguing non-VGK player in rookie camp. The 19-year-old forward has slick hands as has shown an ability to score in bunches in the OHL. He was traded from Peterborough to Guelph last season and went on to help the Storm win the Memorial Cup. He’s been described in scouting reports as “dynamic” and “heavily offensive-minded.”

Taro Jentzsch
Forward – Sherbrooke Phoenix intern Alex Norwood profiled Jentzsch during Development Camp where he played on both squads but didn’t really stand out. The German-born forward is very small but has a knack for making the right play at the right time. He’s certainly one to keep a closer eye on this time around as he really didn’t pop, but the Golden Knights kept him around, so they must see something.

Jermaine Loewen
Forward – Kamloops Blazers

Loewen had a lot of hype heading into Development Camp as a Dallas Stars selection that was not offered a contract. As the first Jamaican to ever be drafted there’s certainly a story to be written about him, but he never saw the ice in Vegas in July due to an injury. He’s a massive forward, standing 6’4″ and weighing in over 220 pounds. Plus, he’s one of the few old enough (he’s 21) to make the leap directly to professional hockey this year. If he succeeds in camp, it wouldn’t come as a shock to see him in a Wolves uniform this season.

Cole Mackay
Forward – Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds

A smaller guy that scores seemingly every time he steps on the ice. MacKay tallied 61 points in 65 games as a 17-year-old in the OHL. He attended Golden Knights Development Camp this summer after going undrafted in the 2019 Draft. It will be interesting to see who he plays with in the rookie games because if he’s put in the right situation, he’ll find ways to score.

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Taro Jentzsch’s Interesting Path To And Through Development Camp

(Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

There were 21 NHL draft picks, eight guys with NHL contracts, a top 10 pick, and even a guy who stood 6’9″ tall.

Then, there was Taro Jentzsch, a 150 pound, 19-year-old who was born in Germany, plays in Quebec, and has barely spent time in the United States let alone Las Vegas.

Vegas is a big city, but I’m from Berlin. It’s like some of the same. We don’t have as many casinos. This ice rink is amazing. -Jentzsch

Just because Jentzsch was a bit of an outlier at Golden Knights Development Camp, doesn’t mean he didn’t belong there.

After years of playing in Europe, Jentzsch knew if he was to take his career to the next level he had to make a big move. However, he was drafted into Canadian Juniors by the Sherbrooke Phoenix of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) before the 2018-19 season which wasn’t exactly ideal for a German.

(I thought) okay… French is not my language so it’s (going to be) pretty tough. -Jentzsch

Luckily for Jentzsch, the coach of the Phoenix was Stéphane Julien who played 10 years of hockey in Germany.

He talked to me a little bit in German. He spoke broken German but it was good enough. -Jentzsch

In his first year playing in major juniors, Jentzsch showed he belonged by putting up 42 points in 53 games at the age of 18.

After a successful first year in Canada, Jentzsch headed back home to represent Germany in the 2018 World Junior Hockey Championships Division 1A (the lower tier of World Juniors, where the winner gets promoted to the big tournament the following year).

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