Welcome to Tom’s VHN Daily, where we list the day’s most interesting, entertaining and informative links.
Arizona’s top draft pick was convicted for bullying a black, mentally-disabled teen. (AZCentral)
The Pittsburgh Penguins are looking for a new AGM if you want to drop them a resume. (PittsburghHockeyNow)
Speaking of firing your AGM, Florida continues to change things up under new GM Bill Zito. (FloridaHockeyNow)
Even though it’s kinda quiet right now, it doesn’t mean we won’t see some movement still. Here are six names that could be on the move yet. (The Score)
I’ll be honest. When it comes to winning in sports, I feel like “if you ain’t first, you’re last.” Intelligent hockey fans know what’s going on with their team. Chicago needed to write a letter to tell fans they’re rebuilding? Apparently. So is Boston next? (Boston Hockey Now)
We here at VHN hoped that Friday’s virtual GM meeting would shed light on when next season might begin. But as TSN’s Frank Seravalli reports, that didn’t happen. He did, however, suggest the league would like a big-time opening whenever that may be. (TSN)
When it comes to Anthony Duclair, I wouldn’t touch him with a 10-meter cattle prod (bonus points if you get that reference). But Christian Arnold says the Islanders should make it happen. (NYI Hockey Now)
Are you into analytics or not? I’m a big believer in the eye test to judge a player, but those fancy stats do have a place. Just not in the locker room, according to Sharks associate coach Rocky Thompson. (SanJoseHockeyNow)
That’s it for today. Look for another edition of Tom’s VHN Daily every weekday!
Welcome Willie Ramirez and Danny Webster to Vegas Hockey Now!
Hello, Vegas Golden Knights fans!
As part of the National Hockey Network’s continued growth and demand for the very best coverage in every NHL city, especially of the Vegas Golden Knights, we are thrilled to announce two new VHN team members. We didn’t just get a writer. We got THE Willie G. Ramirez and columnist Danny Webster.
Willie has been covering the Golden Knights since their inception for the Associated Press. He’ll continue with those duties, as well as bringing his insider knowledge and access to Vegas Hockey Now. Willie’s professional coverage will deliver the stories you need to know.
You’ve seen Danny’s work on NHL.com, and you’ve seen him in the blogosphere. His knowledge of the game and enthusiasm for covering the Golden Knights is contagious, and we can’t wait for his first stories.
You know our original tenant Tom Callahan, who is the former voice of the Nashville Predators and Tuscon Roadrunners. Tom knows hockey.
We’re over the moon excited to bring you THE very best coverage of the Golden Knights because there isn’t another media team in the city with as much hockey knowledge. Anyone can tell you the score and what the players said, but not everyone can tell you the stories behind the stories and the more pressing issues of how and why. That’s where Vegas Hockey Now shines. We answer the question: And?
From trade rumors to struggling players and players playing out of their skates, we’ll have the story. We’ll also expose you to the rest of the league and the pressing stories through the rest of the Hockey Now network, including Pittsburgh, Boston, New York, Florida, San Jose, and VGK rival Colorado Avalanche.
More sites are coming, too!
So, gird up to defend the fortress. We’ve got you covered.
As part of our expanded coverage will be in-depth stories, one-on-ones with players, hard-hitting analysis, and all of the fun that VGK brings. Some stories will be free, but others will be behind the paywall. You can subscribe to VHN+ for those special stories by CLICKING HERE.
We also offer 50% for our front line heroes, including uniform military personnel, doctors, and nurses.
President, National Hockey Now LLC
Robin Lehner New Pads Revealed
Earlier today on Twitter, @GoalieGearNerd revealed the new set of gear Robin Lehner will wear courtesy of Brians Custom Sports (@goaliesonly). The new pads feature a black background, gold and silver slash stripes, and the outline of a dismounted knight brandishing his sword.
— Goalie Gear Nerd (@GoalieGearNerd) January 20, 2021
Robin Lehner has worn some standout designs everywhere he’s played, and Vegas is no exception. We can’t wait to see these stopping pucks for the Vegas Golden Knights this season.
USA vs. Canada Guide for Golden Knights Fans
Why you want to watch tonight’s World Junior Championship Gold Medal Game between the USA and Canada if you’re a Vegas Golden Knights fan.
For VGK fans, Golden Knights prospect Brendan Brisson is the player to watch. Brisson has a pair of goals in the tournament so far in six games. Vegas selected Brisson 29th overall in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft. After the tournament is over Brisson will head back to the University of Michigan to complete his freshman year.
Three Golden Knights prospects had a shot at making Team Canada for this year’s WJC, but when the dust settled it was defenseman Kaedan Korczak and forward Peyton Krebs making the roster.
Krebs is the player most ready to make the jump to the NHL in our eyes. He went into the bubble with the Golden Knights last year and although he did not make an appearance, the fact that he was even there speaks volumes about what the organization thinks about him. This year in six games for Canada, Krebs has three goals and eight points to go with a plus-9 rating.
From the VHN point of view, it’s not a stretch to think Krebs might challenge for a roster spot this year. That said, development is going to be a difficult proposition this year as some teams and leagues simply do not play. One has to wonder if the NHL might not consider exemptions for guys if the OHL or other leagues don’t play this season.
Meanwhile Korczak, the #41 overall pick from 2019, has one assist to show in his six games but a plus-5 rating to go with it. Canada has been dominant, out-scoring opponents 41-4 to this point in the tournament and Korczak has helped anchor the back end.
Like Krebs, Korczak will join Golden Knights training camp after the WJC.
No matter who wins, Golden Knights fans will want to tune in to the game for some fantastic hockey!