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LAS VEGAS (June 23, 2018) — Take a look at what the Vegas Golden Knights’ draft picks bring to the team, and what their roles could be as rookies:
Vegas Golden Knights Draft Picks 2-7
2nd round, Pick 61
Ivan Morozov, Forward
Hometown: Verkhnyaya Salda, Russia
Weight: 178 lbs.
Drafted from: Khanty Mansiysk (Russia-Jr.)
-Posted five points in five games with Team Russia at the 2018 IIHF Under-18 World Championships
-Scored 11 goals and added 12 assists in 30 games for Mamonty Yugry of the Russian Junior league before joining Khanty Mansiysk
-Models his play after Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov
Round 4, Pick 99
Stanislav Demin, Defense
Hometown: Cyprus, California
Weight: 190 lbs.
Drafted from: Wenatchee Wild (BCHL)
-Scored nine goals and dished out 36 assists for 45 points in 57 games with the Wenatchee Wild in 2017-18
-Added two goals and five assists in 20 playoff games for Wenatchee
-Committed to play at the University of Denver next season
Round 4, Pick 115
Paul Cotter, Forward
Hometown: Canton, Michigan
Weight: 191 lbs.
Drafted from: Lincoln Stars (USHL)
-Finished fourth in scoring for the Lincoln Stars in 2017-18 with 39 points (18G, 21A) in 51 games
-Led the Stars in playoff scoring with four goals and four assists in seven games
-Committed to play at Western Michigan University in 2018-19
Round 5, Pick 135
Brandon Kruse, Forward
Hometown: Saline, Michigan
Weight: 154 lbs.
Drafted from: Bowling Green State University (WCHA)
-Skated in 41 games as a freshman at Bowling Green, collecting 33 points (8G, 21A)
-Named to the All-WCHA Rookie Team
-Finished fifth overall in scoring among freshman in the NCAA
-General Manager George McPhee is a Bowling Green alumnus
Round 5, Pick 154
Connor Corcoran, Defenseman
Hometown: Markham, Ontario
Weight: 185 lbs.
Drafted from: Windsor Spitfires (OHL)
-Anchored the blueline for the Spitfires in 2017-18 while accumulating three goals and 21 assists
-Tied for the team lead in playoff scoring among defensemen with three points in six games
-Skated in six games for Team Canada Black at the IIHF Under-17 World Hockey Championships in 2016-17
Round 6, Pick 180
Peter Diliberatore, Defenseman
Hometown: Bedford, Nova Scotia
Weight: 161 lbs.
Drafted from: Salisbury Prep (USHS Prep)
-Collected 17 points in 28 games for Salisbury Prep in 2017-18
-Committed to play at Quinnipiac University next season
Round 6, Pick 185
Xavier Bouchard, Defenseman
Hometown: Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec
Weight: 190 lbs.
Drafted from: Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL)
-Served as an assistant captain for Baie-Comeau in 2017-18, notching three goals and 18 assists in 65 games
-Appeared in six games for Team Canada White at the Under-17 World Hockey Championship in 2016-17
-Ranked 74 among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting
Round 7, Pick 208
Jordan Kooy, Goaltender
Hometown: Bradford, Ontario
Weight: 184 lbs.
Drafted from: London Knights (OHL)
-Maintained a .904 save percentage in 24 games for London in 2017-18
-Won the Dinty Moore Trophy for the best rookie goals-against average in the OHL (3.11 GAA)
-Named to the OHL Second All-Rookie team
For the complete list of draft picks go to http://nhl.com
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