The Detroit Red Wings have a number of very good prospects in the system. So, too, do the Vegas Golden Knights, and though they’re closer to a Stanley Cup than Detroit. Brendan Brisson and Paul Cotter might be the closest to making a full-time appearance in Vegas.
Vegas Hockey Now’s Owen Krepps lists Brisson as the most watched of the Golden Knights’ five intriguing prospects. But he quotes Vegas prospect analyst Jack Manning to give a slight pump of the brakes when it comes to Brisson in Vegas hopes. Seasoning at the AHL level is the likeliest outcome, but should be the path that gets Brisson to the big club within a month into the season.
It’s Canton, Michigan native Paul Cotter who Krepps writes is “further along in his development process.” The 22-year-old notched seven games at the NHL level, and is a seasoned veteran in the American Hockey League. If indeed he is ready, Cotter has the potential to notch a number of goals, burying 20 last season in 59 games with the Henderson Silver Knights. He also potted two goals in seven games with Vegas, including his first career NHL goal in just his second career game.
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