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!