The excitement of the Golden Knights new player is still fresh in fans minds. Vadim Shipachyov is creating a massive buzz in Las Vegas. Of course, he has no idea what’s going on in his new city because he’s too busy playing hockey. The second Golden Knights player in franchise history is currently padding his stats at the IIHF World Championships in Germany and France. Since, the paint is still dry for Vegas fans, let’s take a look at some of Shippy’s play at World Championships. Number #87 was the second assist man on Artemi Panarin’s PP goal.
Second IIHF WC highlight is Evengi Dadonov on a one-timer. Shipachyov has the initial pass behind the net.
Like I said, the Russians padded their stats yesterday embarrassing Italy 10-1. Ok, now let’s watch some actual highlights. Maybe some ones where he does something rather than just move the puck around and get credit for it.
Shipachyov has played internationally dating back to 2014. Last year, at the 2016 World Championships he put on a show with the help of his two linemates. The trio of Shipachyov, Panarin and Dadonov was deadly. Not only were they dominant, they were graceful too. Thankfully, someone created a montage of their brilliant chemistry together. Watch the first goal, the passing precision between the three is chilling. Also, check out the beautiful stick work and skating ability of Shipachyov.
(Sorry, this one you have to click over to YouTube to watch. Stupid rules)
Now some KHL highlights. And there are plenty. First watch this package of the SKA center score a hattie in a 2016 KHL playoff game. Shipachyov’s accuracy and timing is clearly on display. Another note, SKA can really pass.
Every highlight posted got me more and more excited for the Golden Knights season start. Shipachyov is a marvel to watch on tape and I can’t wait to see him up close. This next goal was setup by some dazzling passing. Again, SKA can dish the biscuit. Shipachyov’s Vegas teammates better be ready for the puck.
Another one-time corner bomb on this one. Expect to see him score a chunk of his NHL goals from the right corner, especially on the power play.
Are you getting excited yet? This guy is a legitimate offensive star and we’ll get to watch him every game. And they said we would be terrible! (Disclaimer: The Golden Knights will still probably be pretty bad the first year.) He creates scoring opportunities and doesn’t miss on many. Right side corner again on a sweet set-up.
To be at least somewhat fair and balanced I have to bring up this last highlight. Shipachyov does have a reputation of crossing the line from time to time. His hit in 2014 on Finland’s Pekka Jormakka was flat out dangerous. The hit was very close to an elbow to the head. Medics took over ten minutes to get the injured Finnish player of the ice. Jormakka suffered a concussion. Hopefully #87 will play smarter in North America.
You can look at that hit in two ways, Shipachyov’s hit was dirty or he’s just playing with a physical mean streak. To me, it’s somewhere in between… leaning mostly to the dirty side. Either way, it was a few years ago and he’ll learn quickly he can’t get away with that in the NHL.
From the footage it looks like the Golden Knights picked up a gem. A highly-skilled player that reads the play before it’s happening. Creating scoring chances and puck control is what he’ll bring to Gerard Gallant’s team. Shipachyov’s precision with the puck will light the lamp and fans faces. From the highlights above, Las Vegas may have its newest star.