There’s a new team in the league, and they have an eye for player talent. One very similar to the Leafs’ scouting finds.
The Vegas Golden Knights announced their development camp roster today, and included in the list were two players familiar to Marlies fans.
RW Tyler Wong, who’d been with the Marlies on an ATO last year and had come to the development camp for the Leafs, was previously signed to an AHL deal by the Vegas affiliate, the Chicago Wolves. He’s an expected addition to their camp.
But Nikolas Brouillard, who split his time between the Marlies and the Orlando Solar Bears last year before injury shortened his season, is a bit of a surprise.
Brouillard was a high-scoring junior defenceman who the Marlies had last season on an AHL deal. He was very, very effective in the ECHL, and seemed destined to move up to the AHL. If the Golden Knights have poached him, that’s good for them.
The Leafs, of course, signed two young Swedish defenders this summer, and have more defence depth than they did a year ago. Perhaps there was just no room on the roster for Brouillard.