Vegas Golden Knights Player News: Last 24 hours, All Positions

News: Matteau was assigned to AHL Chicago on Wednesday.
Impact: The Golden Knights used a waiver claim to pry Ryan Carptenter from the Sharks, and evidently Vegas feels he would be an immediate upgrade over Matteau, who was originally selected by the Devils with a first-round (29th overall) pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. This is probably for the better, as Matteau has only averaged 8:24 of ice time with the expansion club this season and he'd otherwise have a hard time refining his game playing so sparingly.
News: Carpenter was claimed off waivers from San Jose on Wednesday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: The Florida native was waived by the Sharks on Tuesday after tallying just a single assist in 16 games this season, though he'll now provide some additional depth at the forward position for the Golden Knights. Despite being spared a trip to the minors by getting claimed, Carpenter carries very little fantasy value.
News: Fleury (concussion) returned to the crease Tuesday against Carolina, stopping 35 of 37 shots in a shootout defeat.
Impact: Aside from coming up short in the shootout, you couldn't have asked for a much better return from Fleury. It was just his fifth start of the season and he certainly didn't look like a goaltender who had missed two months of action. Vegas has been one of the best storylines in hockey this season, making a healthy Fleury a must-own fantasy commodity. The veteran owns a .930 save percentage with his new club and should be snatched up immediately if he happens to be available.
News: Hunt is struggling for regular minutes, as he has served as a healthy scratch in five of the Golden Knights' previous six outings.
Impact: Coming out of the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft, Vegas was stacked with blue line talent, which meant Hunt was always going to face an uphill battle to get into the lineup. The emergence of Shea Theodore has only served to push Hunt further down the depth chart. Barring a run of injuries, fantasy owners can probably anticipate the 29-year-old will be observing from the press box more often than not.
News: Though he had a three-game goal streak end Tuesday against Carolina, Haula chipped in an assist in the Golden Knights' 3-2 shootout loss to the Hurricanes.
Impact: The center has compiled three goals and three assists over his four-game point streak and continues to have a fine first season in Vegas. With 11 goals and 20 points through 26 games, Haula is on pace to shatter his previous career bests of 15 goals and 34 points, both set during his time with the Wild.
News: Smith scored in a second straight game in the Golden Knights' 3-2 shootout loss to Carolina on Tuesday.
Impact: The former Florida Panther has now lit the lamp three times in his last five games after going seven straight without a goal. Though Smith's scoring has been streaky, he's been pretty consistent on the fantasy end with 23 points in 30 games.
News: Fleury was sharp in his first start in two months, turning aside 35 shots in the Knights' 3-2 shootout loss to Carolina on Tuesday.
Impact: The high-priced goaltender was the main reason why the Knights were able to pick up a point on this night and proved he's over the concussion that sidelined him for so long. Fleury has now allowed two goals or less in four of his five starts in a Vegas jersey and should get plenty more going forward as long as he can remain healthy.