Golden Knights Training Camp Updates: Nolan Patrick to Miss Season, Mark Stone in Non-Contact Jersey and More
Training camp has opened up for the Vegas Golden Knights, and there’s quite a bit of information to get to.
Via the Golden Knights, here’s a list of all the players taking part in training camp at this time.
FORWARDS: Michael Amadio, Jakub Brabenec, Brendan Brisson, William Carrier, Colt Conrad, Paul Cotter, Daniel D’Amato, Zach Dean,
Jakub Demek, Pavel Dorofeyev, Jack Eichel, Spencer Foo, Connor Ford, Byron Froese, Patrick Guay, Jordan Gustafson, Ben Hemmerling, Brett Howden, Marcus Kallionkieli, William Karlsson, Phil Kessel, Keegan Kolesar, Jake Leschyshyn, Jermaine Loewen, Sakari Manninen, Jonathan Marchessault, Kyle Marino, Maxim Marushev, Lynden McCallum, Ivan Morozov, Mason Primeau, Gage Quinney, Sheldon Rempal, Jonas Rondbjerg, Nicolas Roy, Matyas Sapovaliv, Reilly Smith, Chandler Stephenson, Mark Stone, Alex Swetlikoff
DEFENSEMEN: Layton Ahac, Jake Bischoff, Daniil Chayka, Artur Cholach, Connor Corcoran, Lukas Cormier, Peter DiLiberatore, Joe Fleming, Zack Hayes, Ben Hutton, Kaedan Korczak, Alec Martinez, Brayden McNabb,
Daniil Miromanov, Brayden Pachal, Alex Pietrangelo, William Riedell, Shea Theodore, Zach Whitecloud
Laurent Brossoit, Adin Hill, Michael Hutchinson, Jordan Papirny, Jiri Patera, Isaiah Saville, Logan Thompson, Jesper Vikman
Laurent Brossoit, Daniil Miromanov, Spencer Foo and Jakub Demek will miss training camp due to injury.
Nic Hague’s contract status remains a priority for the organization. #VegasBorn
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) September 22, 2022
We knew that Robin Lehner and Shea Weber would not be playing this year. Lehner had offseason surgery, and Weber will be on IR until he can officially retire. The Patrick news is new, and while not exactly surprising given his recent history, it is still disappointing to see. Things haven’t quite worked out for the lottery pick, and hopefully he’s doing as well as he can.
Brossoit being injured right now is also news that isn’t all that surprising, as the team acquired Adin Hill via trade recently to add more NHL depth in net. The remaining names are mostly AHL players, and we will see what ultimately happens there.
Lastly, there’s Mark Stone, and this is another update that stands out but isn’t a total shocker. He had offseason surgery, and while the original timeline indicated that he should be available for the start of the season, there’s really no reason to rush him back. Being in a non-contact jersey seems like a good caution to take for now, and hopefully he’s able to be an active participant during the preseason.
Additionally, defenseman Nic Hague remains an un-signed RFA, and it will be interesting to see which side blinks first in negotation. Hague skated 18:40 per game last season for the Golden Knights, and finished with 4 goals, 10 assists, and 14 points in 52 games played.
The Golden Age
It is part of their team name, and this season Vegas has gone all in. The team announced that the team’s gold jersey would become their primary home jersey for the 2022-23 season, but’s that’s not the only thing that glitters and is gold.
While the team is calling this a golden logo… personally it looks a bit bronze to me from a distance. It almost looks like a bronze coin from a bygone era, although I recognize it may look different in person.
This year the team will once again host a bevy of nights with a theme, 10 in total, some of which are unique to the team while others fall in line with NHL initiatives. The full list can be found below.
Phil Kessel was an interesting signing made late in the offseason, and today he was skating alongside Jack Eichel with Reilly Smith on the opposite wing.
Eichel skating with Smith and Kessel. Don’t read too much into it. It’s the first day of practice. However the idea of Kessel, a veteran and a proven goal scorer on Eichel’s wing makes sense.
— Steve Carp (@stevecarp56) September 22, 2022
Kessel is someone who can bring quite a bit of offense in the right situation, and the Golden Knights appear to be counting on him having a bounce back year.
Knights GM Kelly McCrimmon said one of the things that appealed to him about Phil Kessel is the fact that he’s coming into this year with a chip on his shoulder…feels like he’s got something to prove after some down years in Arizona #VegasBorn
— Jesse Merrick (@JesseNews3LV) September 22, 2022
Kessel and Eichel could be a really fun duo to watch, and it is something to keep an eye on once the preseason starts.