Las Vegas, Nevada 2021-09-16 20:02:00 –
Thursday, September 16, 2021 | 5:02 pm
Manny Viveiros laughed in such an unmistakable way as the coach suggested that his next comment on the Golden Knights rookie Lukas Cormier would be understated.
“He’s a pretty good player,” said Viveiros. “He has a good future.”
Cormier has been in Las Vegas for less than a week, but has already impressed Vegas Knights coach Vibeiros, who runs a new Golden Knights camp this week. Cormier, the third round draft topic of 2020, dominated the Junior League last year and is becoming one of the team’s best prospects at the age of 19.
He will get more chances to impress this weekend as he and the other Vegas rookie head to Arizona for a showcase tournament against Coyote Rookie on Friday at 7:30 pm.
“It’s fun to ride on the ice and finally experience it,” Cormier said. “It was cool. I was a little nervous at the beginning of a few drills, but it was good.”
Cormier was drafted during last year’s pandemic, so he didn’t visit Las Vegas until he arrived on Tuesday, even though he was a prospective Golden Knights customer.
The post-draft development camp and pre-season training camp have been removed from last year’s NHL calendar, so Comier has returned to the Charlottetown Islanders in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
And how many years was he?
He led all defenses with 54 points and finished fourth in the league as a whole. The three players in front of him were teammates as Charlottetown set a league record of 35-5.
His hot season helped Cormier from New Brunswick, Canada, win an invitation to Canada’s World Junior Camp as one of the youngest players on the roster.
He was one of the last cuts, but this year will also get a lot of attention.
“He’s a great kid and a great skater. He’s a little guy, but he doesn’t show up on the ice,” said forward Peyton Krebs, who also attended Canada’s World Junior Camp, as a 5-foot-10 teammate. Talked about. “From the time we played at World Junior Camp to the present, he has made great strides and it is exciting to see it.”
This rookie camp is the first of some of the 25 players who took the ice today. Some are unfamiliar with the organization, while others were unable to attend last season due to a pandemic.
For example, Krebs was drafted two years ago. However, injuries around his draft, coupled with last year’s cancellation, mean that the top outlook is attending his first camp with the Golden Knights.
This experience is valuable to anyone, whether it’s an older player trying to impress the NHL boss or a younger player competing before returning to their respective junior leagues for the season.
They practice with each other today and face Arizona on Friday, San Jose on Sunday and Los Angeles on Monday.
“I think everyone will show what they got,” said defensive Peter Diliberatore. “I think it’s going to be a really good, fast-paced game, and I think it’s going to be pretty fun.”
Different prospects are at different stages of development. Krebs is vying for a spot on the NHL roster.
Diliberatore is impressing Viveiros and is trying to get spots on Silver Knights on a regular basis.
Cormier has returned to the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League to qualify for junior last year.
They all want to reach the NHL in the end, and this camp is the only opportunity this year to compete with the organization’s teammates under the supervision of the Golden Knights Brass.
“Often, the most important education is not done by the coaching staff, but by the environment itself,” says Viveiros. “It’s very valuable.”