NVENCELING HOTEL, CA—The Las Vegas Golden Knight’s training camp is a whirlwind of excitement, with every player in attendance taking advantage of an off-season of physical conditioning, stretching and conditioning.
It is the culmination of a busy year for the team and their prospects.
The Vegas Golden Eagles’ top prospect, Connor Carrick, is in camp as a member of the AHL’s Reno Bighorns.
The 22-year-old has been skating with the club for two weeks.
Carrick spent last season with the Erie Otters and has played with the Grand Rapids Griffins, San Diego Gulls, New Jersey Devils and Nashville Predators.
Carrick has yet to be selected in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
He has a solid shot to make the team, as Vegas has been known to have success with prospects when they get drafted in the first round.
He is one of a handful of prospects the team has been targeting during the off-seasons, and it is a priority to get them to camp this season.
Vegas has one of the league’s most promising prospects in the making.
With Carrick and the other prospects in camp, the Golden Knights have some high-end talent in their ranks.
Vancouver Canucks’ Dylan Strome is the top prospect in the Western Conference.
He skated with the Utica Comets last season and is expected to make his NHL debut this season with Vancouver.
Strome has an impressive 6-foot-3, 205-pound frame.
Stromme played with Team Canada at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and won gold.
He also played in the WJC for Team USA.
He has an elite shot to be a top-tier player, as Vancouver has been a major destination for young players looking to make an impact in the NHL.
He would be an ideal fit with the team as they have depth on their blueline and depth on the top six.
He would likely have to make a huge leap in order to make it in the League.
He played at the NHL level for the last two seasons, but had an extremely disappointing season in 2017-18.
It was his lowest point total since 2013-14.
He finished with a -4 rating in 60 games.
He scored one goal and was minus-5 with three penalty minutes.
Strama would be a better fit for a team with the depth and depth to take him in the draft, as he is one-dimensional in his game and has not developed his game over the last few seasons.
Vikings’ Alex Nylander, 22, skated for Team Canada with Team USA in Sochi and played in two World Championships with Team Sweden.
Nylander is one half of a two-way dynamic duo that includes Travis Hamonic, a 20-year old who was drafted in this year’s draft.
He was drafted by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2016.
Nylanders shot 47.2 percent from the field and 37.5 percent from three-point range for Team Sweden at the 2018 World Championships.
Nylie had a +7 rating on the year.
He had a career year in 2018-19 scoring five goals and six assists.
He plays a physical game that would make for a strong partner for Hamonic.
The duo would have a very difficult task competing for a roster spot, but the two would be able to develop into a dynamic tandem that could challenge for a spot on the roster.
The Golden Knights also have a lot of young talent at their disposal.
The Golden Knights had 17 players under contract at the start of the 2017-2018 season.
The Knights had two draft picks and one prospect in camp.
That’s a lot to keep track of.
They also have the No. 4 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.
If all goes well with the Vegas Golden Boys this season, they could be in line for some big name players to arrive on the Vegas roster.
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