Welcome back to my top ten prospect series.
I know it’s been an incredibly long time since I posted one of these. It’s been a hectic month. But things are back on track. Last time, we took a look at the Vancouver Canucks top ten prospects, highlighting the Canucks top ten were Quinn Hughes, Olli Juolevi, and Thatcher Demko. Today, we’re going to be having a look at the brand new Vegas Golden Knights farm system. Without further ado, let’s dive in and have a look.
1. Cody Glass (C, 1st Round, 6th Overall in 2017)
Making headlines as the first draft pick in the history of the Vegas Golden Knights, Glass is looking like a good one. He’s been tearing up the WHL ever since he was drafted and will be in the pros next season without a doubt. Glass has 69 points in 38 games this season, and if his development goes smoothly, he could very well end up being the Knights’ future number one centre.
2. Nic Hague (D, 2nd Round, 34th Overall in 2017)
The Knights drafted the hulking 6’6 defenseman in the second round despite the fact that he was originally projected to be a first round pick. With Glass, Brannstrom, Nick Suzuki (since traded to Montreal) and Hague, Vegas slayed their first draft. Hague is currently in his first pro season with the Chicago Wolves and has 23 points in 53 games thus far.
3. Lucas Elvenes (C, 5th Round, 127th Overall in 2017)
With all of the hype over their picks in the first two rounds of the 2017 draft, the Knights might have discovered another gem in Lucas Elvenes. The 6’1 Swedish centre is currently in his second full season with Rogle BK of the SHL and has put up 16 points in 34 games thus far. It’s entirely possible that the Knights could give Elvenes a closer look in North America next season if they feel he’s ready for it.
4. Xavier Bouchard (D, 6th Round, 185th Overall in 2018)
A late round pick in 2018 after having a decent second season with Baie-Comeau of the QMJHL, Bouchard has completely revamped his offensive game this year and is having a career season, putting up 42 points in 51 games this year. Given the fact that he’s 18 years old and is 6’4 with a right handed shot, Bouchard is suddenly a very attractive prospect for Vegas and could be given an extra look in the future.
5. Dylan Coghlan (D, Undrafted, Signed in 2018)
After a successful senior season in the WHL with the Tri-City Americans, Coghlan earned himself an entry level contract from the Vegas Golden Knights and is off to a great start in his first pro season. In 45 games with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL, Coghlan has 26 points. He has good size at 6’2 and shoots right-handed, which will likely work in his favour as he pushes for a spot on the Golden Knights’ roster.
6. Slava Demin (D, 4th Round, 99th Overall in 2018)
Demin earned himself a selection after a solid sophomore season with the Wenatchee Wild of the BCHL, and is currently having a great year with the University of Denver. He’s currently riding a 13 point campaign through 29 games, and given the fact that he’s 18 years old these totals are very good. He will likely remain playing college hockey for the next three or four years and look to improve his game each year with the hope of eventually earning an entry level contract.
7. Ben Jones (C, 7th Round, 189th Overall in 2017)
Jones is a speedy centre who’s steadily gotten better every season. He’s been playing for the Niagara Ice Dogs from the minute they drafted him, and Jones has really broken out offensively this year with 90 points in 59 games thus far. He has the option to return to the OHL for his overage season next year, but it’s entirely possible that Vegas gives him a look in the AHL next season.
8. Peter Diliberatore (D, 6th Round, 180th Overall in 2018)
Diliberatore didn’t have much of a scouting report on him when Vegas took him in the 6th round, given that he was drafted out of high school. He’s playing for Quinnipiac University this year however and is having a very good season. The 5’11 left handed defenseman has 15 points in 32 games, solid totals for his age. He will likely remain at school for a few years before the Golden Knights give him a shot at the pros, but his totals are promising thus far.
9. Jack Dugan (LW, 5th Round, 142nd Overall in 2017)
Originally drafted out of high school in 2017, Dugan spent a season in the USHL before making his college debut this year with Providence College of the NCAA. Dugan has a very good 28 points in 32 games this season and has a few years left to play out in college if he doesn’t join the Knights’ before that.
10. Ivan Morozov (C, 2nd Round, 61st Overall in 2018)
Morozov is a skilled Russian centre who has split time between the MHL, VHL, and KHL this season (Russia’s version of the CHL, AHL, and NHL respectively) and has been pretty solid. His totals aren’t exactly mind blowing, having not registered a single point in 11 KHL games, but he’s still young and could just be a long-term overseas project for the Golden Knights.
Thanks for reading! Tune in next time where we’ll go over the Washington Capitals top ten prospects.
stats from eliteprospects.com
featured image photo credit – Josh Tessler