Vegas Golden Knights: Top 8 prospects worth getting excited about

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4. Lucas Elvenes

What a first season it was in North America for Swedish forward Lucas Elvenes. Everyone knew he was clearly a very skilled player given the fact that he played 12 games in the SHL as a 17-year-old.

While there was excitement surrounding him, not many would’ve predicted him putting up 48 points in just 59 games with the Chicago Wolves as a 20-year-old this past season. That point total led his entire team in scoring, with the second highest scorer, Curtis McKenzie, trailing by six points.

Given his great year with the Wolves, along with the fact he has already played professional hockey for nearly three full seasons (two SHL, one AHL), he would likely crack many NHL rosters for the 2020-21 season.

Unfortunately for him however, the Golden Knights are stacked for forwards, meaning he will likely at the very least start the season in the AHL. Regardless, they have a great player with high upside here. It would be a huge disappointment if he ends not being able to become a full time NHLer in the next few years.

 3. Brendan Brisson

The first high pick on this list is the Golden Knights 2020 first-round selection (29 overall) Brendan Brisson. The 19-year-old had an excellent rookie season in the USHL with the Chicago Steel, scoring 24 goals and 59 points in just 45 games played.

The Manhattan Beach, California native is committed to and will play for the University of Michigan this season if a college hockey season does end up happening. Of course, given the circumstances with COVID-19, that remains to be seen.

While not playing a 2020-21 season would be a tough blow for Brisson, he is a big part of Vegas’ future nonetheless. Fans of this team will likely get to watch him play for Team USA at the 2021 World Juniors, as it is very likely he finds a spot on their roster. His outstanding vision, along with his quick hands, will be on display on the worlds biggest stage for young NHL prospects.