Future Watch: Las Vegas Golden Knights Hockey Cards, trio to collect

Future Watch: Las Vegas Golden Knights Hockey Cards, trio to collect – The Las Vegas Golden Knights are riding high atop the West as the NHL is in full playoffs mode. The team has plenty of young talent to keep them competitive for years.

Peyton Krebs was drafted by the Vegas Golden Knights with the 17th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. This speedy center has been playing on the wing for the early part of his career. An Achilles injury could have set him back, but it hasn’t.

Krebs has played in four full seasons in the WHL. Starting with the Kootenay Ice and changing over to the Winnipeg Ice. In 199 games, this prospect has 62 goals and 231 points. For the past two seasons there he’s been their captain. The 2020-21 season was interrupted due to COVID-19.

Internationally he’s won two silver medals. One for the U18s and the other in the World Junior Championship. In those games, he’s scored 18 points in 14 games. His wrist shot is pro-caliber so Krebs can beat teams in more than one way.

In 2020-21, Krebs has played for Vegas and their AHL affiliate the Henderson Silver Knights. While playing there, he scored five points in five games. This has been a season of flexibility for this future star, but playing is much better than sitting at home. In the end, this 20-year-old is still on track to play in the NHL possibly as soon as next season.

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Keegan Kolesar was originally drafted in 2015 by the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Knights traded for him during the 2017 NHL Draft, and the 6-2 winger was now a part of a brand-new organization that he could grow with.

Kolesar was a terrific player while playing with the Seattle Thunderbirds in the WHL. In four seasons there, his last two were very impactful. He scored 56 goals in 119 games. After the 2016 season concluded, he saw time in the ECHL with the Quad City Mallards and the AHL with the Chicago Wolves.

In 2018-19, Kolesar was strictly with the Wolves, where he potted 20 goals. In the postseason, he had six goals and 11 points in 21 games.

In 2019-20, he got a one-game look with the Knights and played the rest of the time with Chicago, where he had 18 goals in 33 games.

In the 2020-2021 NHL season, Kolesar played exclusively with the Knights. He showed how he could play a heavy game and besides the toughness, score some goals and get on the scoresheet as well. Kolesar is playing in the playoffs as well. He could be a sleeper pick to keep an eye on.

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Zach Whitecloud was signed as a free agent in 2018. He got an entry-level deal, and then that was extended in 2020 for two more seasons. After two seasons with Bemidji State, the offensive defenseman scored 36 points in 77 games in his NCAA career.

The 2018-2019 campaign was his first professional season, and he started that with the Chicago Wolves. In 74 games, he had six goals and 28 points. Whitecloud added 15 points in 22 games, including a trip to the Calder Cup Finals. That season, he had the best plus/minus in the league at +39, most playoff assists with 12, and most points by a defenseman with 15.

Whitecloud has been playing with Vegas almost exclusively before the playoffs in 2019-20 and for the 2020-21 season. Watch this player grow.

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