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Overview of prospects: December 9, 2021


The Golden Knights enter the heatwave of winter as some of their future stars prepare to fight for a gold medal in the most coveted junior hockey tournament. As the calendar approaches the new year, the hockey world will have its eyes on the IIHF World Junior Championship and Vegas will have hopes of competing for spots on the international stage.

Zach Dean:
Vegas’ 2021 first-round pick kicked off their season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). In nine games played, he recorded one point per game (4G, 5A) with the Gatineau Olympiques. With Dean joining the Gatineau roster, he will look to be a key contributor to the team on both sides of the puck as the league’s top player.

December has been an eventful month for Dean as he signed his entry-level contract with the Golden Knights. In addition, he was named to the Team Canada selection camp for the World Junior Championships. Dean will continue the remainder of the 2021-22 season developing in the QMJHL and he will have the opportunity to showcase his game at the most coveted junior tournaments this winter.

Lukas Cormier:
Cormier continues to find himself on the score sheets night after night for QMJHL Charlottetown. He is currently third on his team in scoring in 26 games with 36 points (13G, 23A). That includes his five game-winning goals, which are tied for first in the QMJHL.

The young defenseman joins Zach Dean as he was recently named to Team Canada’s selection camp for the World Junior Championships.

Jakub Demek:
Demek is another selection in the 2021 Golden Knights Draft (4th round, 128th overall) who has been very productive for his junior team. After coming from Slovakia this year to play in the Western Hockey League (WHL), the 18-year-old winger produced offensively for the Edmonton Oil Kings. In 25 games played, he totaled 29 points (11G, 18A) which is his team’s second.

Demek will also represent his country, Slovakia, at the World Junior Championships later in December and hopes to make his team’s top 6.

Jakub Brabenec:
Brabenec is another 2021 draft pick from Vegas (4th round, 102nd overall). The young forward is playing his first season in North America in the QMJHL with the Charlottetown Islanders with fellow prospect Lukas Cormier. Brabenec played 26 games and collected 29 points (9G, 20A). He is a key part of the attacking group of an explosive scoring team.

Like other members of his draft class, he will join his national team on the Czech Republic’s preliminary list for the World Junior Championship.

Jesper Vikman:
The Golden Knights have a lot of organizational depth as a goaltender, and Jesper Vikman is a key part of that. A 2020 Vegas draft pick (5th round, 125th overall), Vikman earned an 11-4-1 record with a .906 save percentage at the finish with a goals-against average of 3.06 for the Vancouver Giants of the WHL. This is his first season playing in North America since arriving from Sweden and continues to find solace and improve on the little ice serve – something that can be especially difficult for goalies. get used to it when they come.

He too will represent his country for the Swedish team at the World Junior Championships in December as one of three goalkeepers the team will wear.

The end of December is an exciting time to follow some future Golden Knights. Follow him as some of the organization’s building blocks compete for a gold medal at the World Junior Championships which begin Dec. 26 in Red Deer, Alta.