The Golden Knights on Thursday drafted Mathieu Cataford with the 77th overall pick and Arttu Karki with the 96th overall pick during the second day of the NHL draft.
Cataford is a winger who measures 5 feet 11 and weighs in at 190 pounds. The 18-year-old from the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League logged 75 points in 68 games.
He’s one of the top prospects of QMJHL. Touted as a skilled winger who battles hard on the forecheck, Cataford fits the “win your battles, win your races” mold that coach Bruce Cassidy preaches. Cataford has a very deceiving shot on his off-foot that will make him tough to defend.
Karki is a defensemen that measures 6 feet 2 and weighs in 187 pounds. The 18-year-old from the Tapparra U20 of the SM-Sarja League logged 13 goals and 26 assists in 36 games.
Karki is touted as being extremely skilled and patient with the puck with a scorer’s touch. Perhaps a blend of Alec Martinez and Shea Theodore? He is known as an accurate passer on the breakout who can make plays off the rush.