Krebs leads Golden Knights prospects in Rookie Camp | Las Vegas Sports

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) — There won’t be a lot of questions of competition when it comes at Golden Knights training camp later this month, but rookie Peyton Krebs is looking to change that.

The former 17th overall pick in the 2019 NHL draft hit the ice on Thursday at City National Arena for his first rookie camp as a member of the Golden Knights organization. When he was drafted, he couldn’t participate in the development camp because he was rehabbing an achilles injury. The past two VGK development camps were cancelled due to COVID-19.

“Felt good, I think the first few drills getting through the motions, felt nice to do some 5-on-5 stuff, get the feel of play and have some fun.”

Krebs is fully healthy going into the fall after seeing his first professional season in 2021 cut short due to a broken jaw suffered in his 4th NHL game. The 20-year old, who was living with former Golden Knight Ryan Reaves and his family, explained how following surgery his jaw was wired shut and forced to eat his meals through a straw. Now healthy, he’s ready to pick up where he left off, and grow his game.

“The one thing I did learn is it’s hard to get inside, the one shot I did get off was off my face, I wanted to work on my shot a lot and get in those scoring areas, improve my shots on net and I think I’ll get more goals.”

Krebs will likely be one of the youngest guys fighting for a spot on the roster when training camp opens, but during rookie camp he is one of the veterans and a guy who many are seeking for advice.

“I think I just try and be myself. I think if I was a guy like Zach Dean or anyone like that coming up, I would want someone like myself to show me the ropes like Cody Glass did when I came in. Be myself, chat with those guys and have some fun.”

Making the main roster will be a tall task, even with the talent Krebs possesses, but due to the salary cap and the number of contracts there are, it’s likely Krebs spends at least a portion of this season in Henderson with the Silver Knights. Krebs put up five points (goal, 4 assists) at the Orleans with Henderson a season ago.

“From his injury to now, in three months he’s a different kid again, there was a lot of weight loss,” explained Silver Knights head coach Manny Viveiros. “Even in that short period of time he did a great job of getting into game shape or almost game shape, but you can see he has his body weight back. I had him last year in Henderson and he is a heck of a hockey player there is no question about that, you watch him out here, his motor is unbelievable, he does everything at full speed and that’s why he’s that good at that age.”

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