Vegas Golden Knights Player News: All Positions

News: Bischoff signed a three-year, $2.15 million contract with Vegas on Tuesday.
Impact: Bischoff has yet to break into the NHL after two seasons in the minors, but apparently has shown the organization enough to warrant a multi-year deal. The University of Minnesota product won't provide much offensively, which limits his fantasy value, but he could still become a solid, shutdown defender for the Knights.
News: Subban signed a one-year, $850,000 contract with the Golden Knights on Tuesday, avoiding arbitration.
Impact: Subban will be back with Vegas for his third season in Vegas before becoming a restricted free agent again in July 2020. Over his 21 appearances in 2018-19, Subban went 8-10-2 with a 2.93 GAA and .902 save percentage.
News: Subban filed for salary arbitration Friday, David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review Journal reports.
Impact: Subban made 21 appearances a season ago, posting an 8-10-2 record with a 2.93 GAA and .902 save percentage. The 25-year-old has made just $650,000 in each of the past two seasons, so a raise is likely in store for the 24th overall pick from 2012. Subban and the Knights are expected to agree to terms on a deal before the arbitration hearing, so this is essentially a formality.
News: Wong agreed to terms on a two-year contract with Kunlun Red Star (KHL) on Wednesday, Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Wong spent the 2018-19 campaign in the minors with AHL Chicago, in which he notched five goals, eight helpers and 24 PIM in 68 appearances. The 23-year-old never earned a call-up from the Knights and will instead move to the KHL for the next two years. This likely marks the end of the winger's chances of playing in the NHL.
News: Gusev could be on the trade block if a new contract cannot be reached with the Golden Knights, Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The two sides have been trying to hammer out a two-year extension but remain as wide as $2 million per year apart in negotiations despite Gusev having not dressed for a single NHL contest. Last year, the 26-year-old collected 82 points in 62 games as a member of St. Petersburg SKA (KHL), cementing himself as one of the top commodities outside the NHL. "We think (Gusev) is a really good player," Golden Knights President George McPhee said Monday. "We'd like to work something out here, but if that doesn't work we'll look at options."
News: Megna signed a one-year, $700,000 deal with the Golden Knights on Monday.
Impact: Struggling with cap space and a thin group of defensemen, Vegas might have Megna at the NHL level next season. Last season, the 26-year-old split time between Anaheim and AHL San Diego, scoring four points in 28 games for the NHL club. Even if he's at the NHL level, Megna likely won't provide much fantasy upside in a depth role.
News: Lernout signed a one-year contract with the Golden Knights on Monday.
Impact: Lernout wasn't tendered a qualifying offer by the Canadiens, so he'll hope that their loss becomes Vegas' gain. He's a right-shot defenseman with size (6-foot-4, 214 pounds) and physicality, though there's not much offensive upside for fantasy owners to tap into. In fact, Lernout has just one assist representing his point total over 21 career games at hockey's highest level.
News: Goulbourne signed a two-year contract with the Golden Knights on Monday, Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The first year of Goulbourne's contract is two way, but it turns into a one-way deal the following season, which suggests the Golden Knights believe he might be ready for a regular NHL role in 2020-21. The 25-year-old winger will, however, almost certainly spend the majority of the upcoming campaign in the minors, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to track his status.
News: Carr signed a one-year, $700,000 contract with the Predators on Monday.
Impact: Carr was named the 2018-19 AHL MVP after racking up 30 goals and 41 assists while posting a plus-35 rating in 52 games with Vegas' minor-league affiliate, a performance that has afforded him the opportunity to win a spot on Nashville's Opening Night roster during training camp. If the 27-year-old is able to secure a spot on the big club's 23-man roster, it will likely be as a rotational player, making it hard to trust him for fantasy purposes.
News: Pirri signed a two-year contract extension with the Golden Knights on Monday. The deal is worth $775,000 annually.
Impact: Pirri averaged an impressive 1.6 goals per 60 minutes of play with Vegas last season, with that pace amounting to 12 scores through 31 contests. There are more exciting fantasy options out there, but Pirri is a perennial power-play contributor for an upstart franchise, so look for him to round out your depth in fantasy games.
News: Nosek signed a one-year, $1 million contract Monday to remain with the Golden Knights.
Impact: Earlier reports suggested that Nosek was on the verge of procuring a long-term contract extension with Vegas, but with William Karlsson garnering an eight-year extension valued at $5.9 million annually, GM George McPhee went with a more cost-efficient route regarding one of the team's most proficient penalty killers. Nosek recorded eight goals and nine assists through 68 games in a bottom-six role last season, but he'll need to start playing more to warrant a fantasy selection, even in deep formats.
News: Brown signed a two-year, $1.4 million contract with Vegas on Monday, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.
Impact: Brown's deal will start as a two-way contract for 2019-20, but then convert to a one-way deal for the second year. While that likely means the center will begin the upcoming season in the minors, he should be on the shortlist of potential call-ups throughout the year. In 70 appearances for AHL Charlotte last year, the 27-year-old notched 19 goals and 16 helpers before adding another 10 points in 11 postseason contests.
News: Nosek is closing in on a long-term deal with Vegas, Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Contrary to earlier reports, Nosek did not receive a qualifying offer from the club, but it appears the winger won't test the open market anyway. The 26-year-old projects to slot in as the third-line center for the Knights next season, though he could find himself playing top-six minutes from time to time. The Czech should be capable of reaching the 20-point threshold if he can stay healthy and play in 70-plus games.
News: The Hurricanes traded Roy and a conditional 2021 fifth-round pick to the Golden Knights on Wednesday in exchange for Erik Haula (lower body), Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Roy made a brief six-game appearance with the Hurricanes during 2018-19, but he's still awaiting his first point at the NHL level. The 22-year-old pivot dominated the QMJHL ranks in 2016-17 before moving on to the AHL for the majority of the last couple seasons. He finished last season with 36 points (17 goals and 19 assists) over 69 contests and will likely be given a shot to crack the Golden Knights' Opening Night roster.
News: Hyka, contrary to earlier reports, was not among the Golden Knights players to receive a qualifying offer, Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Hyka is already signed to play for KHL club Traktor Chelyabinsk next year, but it's still a little surprising Vegas didn't give him an offer in order to retain his rights. The 26-year-old could still be an option for an NHL team down the road, but for now will continue his professional career in Europe.
News: The Golden Knights gave Fucale a qualifying offer Tuesday, Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Fucale was passable in limited action with AHL Chicago last season, posting a 2.51 GAA and .909 save percentage in five appearances. The 2013 second-round pick will almost certainly spend the entirety of the 2019-20 campaign in the minors.
News: Bischoff was handed a qualifying offer by the Golden Knights on Tuesday, Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The 24-year-old never got on the ice for an NHL game in 2018-19 and only found the scoresheet 13 times in 60 games with AHL Chicago, so Bischoff's future is all but decided. Regardless of where he winds up playing, relying on Bischoff for fantasy production is not advisable under any circumstances. At this point, he is a depth defenseman at the NHL level, and those types of players offer little-to-no value in fantasy.
News: Hyka received a qualifying over from Vegas on Tuesday, Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Hyka has already inked a contract with Traktor of the KHL for the 2019-20 season, but because it issued a qualifying over, Vegas will retain his exclusive NHL rights should he decide to leave Russia and return to North America in the future. In 17 games with the Golden Knights a year ago, the 26-year-old scored a goal to go along with three assists.
News: Gallant was extended a qualifying offer from Vegas on Tuesday, Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports.
Impact: At 26 years old, Gallant has yet to play an NHL game and has struggled to make a consistent impact at the AHL level. While being granted a qualifying offer is encouraging, the likelihood of Gallant playing in the NHL next season is low at best, so steer clear of him in all fantasy formats.
News: Nosek was qualified by Vegas on Tuesday, Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Nosek was a primary fixture in Vegas' bottom six a year ago, appearing in 68 games and collecting 17 points while logging 12:28 of ice time per night, a career-best mark for the 26-year-old. He failed to record a point in seven playoff games in 2018-19.
News: Gusev was handed a qualifying offer by Vegas on Tuesday, Jesse Granger of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Last year, the 26-year-old collected 82 points in 62 games, playing as a member of St. Petersburg SKA (KHL). Gusev then signed a one-year deal with the Golden Knights in April, but he now needs to be re-upped yet again, despite having not yet dressed in an NHL game. Expect the dynamic winger to be with the Knights when the team breaks camp in a few months time.
News: Subban received a qualifying offer from the Golden Knights on Tuesday, David Schoen of RJ Sports reports.
Impact: Subban should continue to serve as the backup to Marc-Andre Fleury for Vegas. He's appeared in 43 games (39 starts) in that role over the past two seasons.
News: Schuldt received a qualifying offer from the Golden Knights on Tuesday, David Schoen of RJ Sports reports.
Impact: Schuldt has appeared in just one NHL game, but he registered an assist in that Apr. 6 contest. The 24-year-old blueliner will attempt to carve out a role with the big club in camp next season.
News: Karlsson signed an eight-year extension with Las Vegas worth an average annual value of $5.9 million.
Impact: Acquired by the Golden Knights during the 2017 Expansion Draft, Karlsson finished his second season with the club with 56 points to go with 16 penalty minutes. He is the only player in Golden Knights history to play in all 191 regular-season and postseason contests. Currently 26, Karlsson will be under contract with the club until he is 34.
News: Karlsson and the Golden Knights are closing in on an eight-year extension, Pierre LeBrun of TSN reports.
Impact: The deal is expected to be worth $5.9 million AAV per Jesse Granger of The Athletic, and is the max length a contract can be signed in the NHL. Since being picked up in the expansion draft in 2017, Karlsson has racked up 67 goals and 134 points while playing all 82 games in back-to-back seasons for Vegas. The Golden Knights are expected to have the highest salary cap hit in the league next season, but once the deal is signed, it will keep the restricted free agent in the desert until he's 34.
News: Kallionkieli was drafted 139th overall by the Golden Knights at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: Kallionkieli had no issues with the move from his native Finland to the USHL this past season. He finished in the top-10 in league goal scoring with 32 and his 53 points were also amongst the USHL's best. Kallionkieli is a goal-scoring forward whose best asset is his willingness to shoot the puck. He will bomb away from anywhere in the offensive zone and has displayed a quick and powerful release on his wrist shot. Kallionkieli's game is simple and he plays to his strength. Players who can put the puck in the net are always in demand and Kallionkieli has displayed such an ability. His compete level has been questioned, but his ceiling his high.
News: Ahac was drafted 86th overall by the Golden Knights at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: Ahac had a brilliant two-way season for Prince George of the BCHL. Ahac's game has grown by leaps and bounds over his two seasons with the club. Consistently overlooked by the scouting community, Ahac has beaten the odds time and time again, and it will be fascinating to see what type of impact he can have at Ohio State this fall. There's underrated top-four potential here.
News: Dorofeyev was drafted 79th overall by the Golden Knights at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: What a steal. Several publications (this one included) had Dorofeyev rated as a first-round talent, so Vegas did a nice job snatching him up in Round 3. The Russian had an interesting season. He dominated the Russian junior league (17 goals, 31 points in 19 games) and was all but invisible (one goal, one assist) in 23 KHL contests. Dorofeyev is an excellent puck handler -- particularly in close to his body, and he reads plays well in the offensive zone. He skates fine, but he rarely uses his feet to make a play, instead relying on his brain and natural offensive instincts. He could be a star if he learns to play with a bit more pace. The Golden Knights should be rewarded handsomely if they exercise the proper patience with Dorofeyev.
News: Korczak was selected 41st overall by the Golden Knights at the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on Saturday.
Impact: Korczak's services were understandably in high demand heading into the draft as a 6-foot-3, right-handed shooting defenseman with a terrific set of wheels. Although he brings a limited amount of offense to the table, Korczak is such a strong one-on-one defender that he should be able to carve out a nice NHL career despite not putting up many points. A member of the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL, Korczak can eat up plenty of difficult minutes at even strength and be a real asset on the penalty kill for the Knights once he grows into his game. That's several seasons away.
News: Rondbjerg signed a three-year, entry-level deal with the Golden Knights on Thursday.
Impact: Rondbjerg was Vegas' third-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. The 20-year-old represented Team Denmark and served as the team captain at the 2019 World Junior Championships, logging two points in six games. Rondbjerg has appeared in 44 games for the Vaxjo program in the Swedish Hockey League this season and has recorded six points.
News: Hyka agreed to terms with Traktor of the KHL on Monday, Igor Eronko of Sport-Express reports.
Impact: Hyka spent the majority of 2018-19 with AHL Chicago, registering 40 points in 43 games. Earlier in the year, playing at the NHL level, the 26-year-old failed to impress, recording just four points in 17 appearances with Vegas.
News: Fleury registered 35 wins, eight shutouts and a .913 save percentage in 61 appearances this season.
Impact: It was the first time Fleury was back over the 30-win mark since 2015-16 with the Penguins and his highest shutout total since 2014-15. The Flower's new three-year deal will kick in this summer, which will see him making $7 million, the highest cap hit of his career. Fortunately for the Golden Knights, the veteran netminder has been worth every penny, both on the ice and as the face of the franchise. Heading into the 2018-19 campaign, Fleury figures to continue playing 50-60 games and should be able to reach that 30-win threshold for the 10th time in his Hall of Fame caliber career.
News: Elvenes will join AHL Chicago for the remainder of the Calder Cup Playoffs.
Impact: Elvenes -- who signed a three-year, entry-level deal with Vegas in June of 2018 -- spent last season playing in Sweden with Rogle BK Angelholm, for which he notched 20 points in 42 games. The 19-year-old figures to spend the 2019-20 campaign in the minors, but could be a call-up option throughout the year.
News: Engelland managed only one point -- an assist -- in Vegas' seven-game playoff run facing the Sharks, though he did amass 23 hits and 21 blocked shots.
Impact: Engelland has been instrumental in helping the city of Las Vegas heal from a tragic shooting since the beginning of last season, but the long-time Vegas resident will have the option to hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent this summer. Even though he's had career stops in Pittsburgh and Calgary, it's difficult to picture Engelland playing with any team but the Golden Knights. He continues to be a solid shutdown blueliner based on his regular-season output of 165 hits and 152 blocked shots, though Engelland is 37 years old, so it'll be interesting to see whether he's even interested in advancing his NHL career.
News: Schmidt had four assists representing his point total over seven games in the series loss to the Sharks.
Impact: All of Schmidt's offensive production transpired between Games 2-4. With further consideration to the 30 points (nine goals, 21 assists) he produced in the regular season -- spanning 61 contests after he returned from a PED-related suspension -- the power-play defenseman should continue to be met with universal interest in fantasy leagues for the 2019-20 campaign.
News: Updating a previous report, Bellemare (undisclosed) dealt with an injury during the conference quarterfinals that was met with a 2-to-3 week return timetable, Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
Impact: While Bellemare missed Game 7 against the Sharks -- amounting to a 5-4 overtime loss -- his injury shouldn't carry over to the offseason to a significant degree, and at this rate, he should be just fine for training camp ahead of the 2018-19 campaign. The bigger question is whether fantasy owners will want to consider drafting a bottom-six grinder who only mustered six goals and nine assists through 76 regular-season contests -- frankly, we highly doubt it.
News: Haula (lower body) wasn't able to get back into the lineup before the Golden Knights' season came to a close.
Impact: Haula last played Nov. 6 versus Toronto and missed a total of 74 games due to his lower-body issue. There was some thought the center might be available if the team made it to the second round, which could be an indication he will be ready to go for 2019-20. The Finn was seeing top-six minutes prior to getting hurt, but that was before the Knights added Mark Stone to the roster, which could see Haula relegated to a third-line role moving forward.
News: Bellemare (undisclosed) was on the shelf for the Golden Knights' Game 7 loss to San Jose, which means his season ends on the injury report.
Impact: The team didn't provide much in terms of an explanation as to why Bellemare was out of the lineup, but could clear up the situation during the team's locker room cleanout. Still, unless it's something significant, the veteran center should be ready to go for 2019-20, assuming he lands with a team during free agency this summer. If he does continue to play next season, the 34-year-old figures to be just below the 20-point mark given he has never reached that threshold in his career.
News: Theodore picked up an assist in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Sharks in Game 7.
Impact: Theodore was held off the scoresheet only twice in seven games, producing a goal and seven helpers. He added 10 shots on goal and 12 hits. Theodore has some fantasy upside entering 2019-20 after the blueliner posted 45 points in 86 appearances between the regular season and playoffs this year.
News: McNabb registered an assist and three blocked shots in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Sharks in Game 7.
Impact: It was McNabb's only point of the series. He did have 27 hits and 18 blocks over the seven games. McNabb had 16 points in 81 regular-season games. His defense-first approach makes the blueliner unreliable for fantasy purposes.
News: Smith dished a pair of helpers in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Sharks in Game 7.
Impact: Smith produced a goal and five helpers in the series, adding 14 hits and 26 shots. His second assist in the game came on Jonathan Marchessault's equalizer with 47 seconds remaining in regulation, but Barclay Goodrow's overtime winner for the Sharks sent the Golden Knights out of the playoffs with a 4-3 series loss.
News: Stone had two assists and four shots in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Sharks in Game 7.
Impact: Stone had 10 points in the first four games of the series, but hadn't found his way onto the scoresheet since Game 4. His second helper came on Jonathan Marchessault's equalizer with 47 seconds remaining in regulation. Stone remains an elite fantasy option on the wing entering 2019-20 after registering 85 points in 84 games between the regular season and playoffs.
News: Pacioretty scored a goal in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Sharks in Game 7.
Impact: Pacioretty's goal gave the Golden Knights a 3-0 lead in the third period, but a major penalty to Cody Eakin allowed the Sharks to rally with four power-play goals before Jonathan Marchessault provided the equalizer to force overtime. Barclay Goodrow then scored the sudden-death goal to eliminate the Golden Knights. Pacioretty had 10 points in the first four games of the series, but hadn't found the scoresheet since Game 4 prior to the goal Tuesday.
News: Karlsson scored a goal on four shots in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Sharks in Game 7.
Impact: Karlsson's first-period tally seemed like a distant memory after Barclay Goodrow scored in overtime to give the Sharks the 4-3 series win. Karlsson contributed two goals and three helpers in the series, with four of those five points coming in Games 5 thru 7. It just wasn't enough to keep the Golden Knights going.
News: Eakin was ejected for a cross-check on Sharks forward Joe Pavelski in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Sharks in Game 7.
Impact: Eakin contributed a goal and three shots before his penalty, which acted as a lighter in a puddle of kerosene for the Sharks' offense. Jonathan Marchessault would score with 47 seconds left in regulation to force overtime, but Barclay Goodrow gave the Sharks the win in the extra frame. Had Eakin not committed the infraction, the Golden Knights would likely have gone on to win in a rout.
News: Marchessault scored a goal and supplied a helper in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Sharks in Game 7.
Impact: Marchessault's goal with 47 seconds left in regulation sent the game to overtime, where Barclay Goodrow sent the Sharks to the second round. Marchessault had six points over the last five games of the series, but it wouldn't be enough to save the Golden Knights' season. He added 25 hits and 26 shots throughout the series.
News: Fleury let in five goals on 48 shots in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Sharks in Game 7.
Impact: Fleury allowed 21 goals in the series, but couldn't find the fourth win to close out the Sharks. It's concerning that Fleury allowed three or more goals five times in the series, which is a major reason why the Golden Knights' second postseason run ended about six weeks earlier than the first.
News: Bellemare missed Tuesday's Game 7 versus the Sharks with an undisclosed injury, David Schoen of the Las Vegas Review Journal reports.
Impact: Bellemare was pointless in the first six games of the season, but he contributed a physical presence with 15 hits in that span. If the Golden Knights don't win this game, it could be Bellemare's last game with the team since he'll become an unrestricted free agent in July.
News: Fleury will defend the road net for Game 7 versus host San Jose on Tuesday, per Ed Graney of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Impact: Fleury is getting set for the young franchise's first Game 7. He's maintained a 2.47 GAA and .912 save percentage in the series, with a shutout from Game 4 factored in. It's always nerve-wracking when your fantasy goalie for elimination contests is in danger of a first-round exit, but Flower has been known to spring in big moments based on him being a three-time Stanley Cup winner and the catalyst for helping Vegas to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2018.