Shortly after being forced to place both Jack Eichel and Zach Whitecloud on injured reserve Monday afternoon, the Vegas Golden Knights announced that they have recalled Jonas Rondbjerg, Brayden Pachal and Kaedan Korczak from the American Hockey League (AHL).
Rondbjerg, 23, appeared in 30 games for the Golden Knights a season ago, scoring two goals and six points. The six-foot-two winger has been very solid in the AHL for the Henderson Silver Knights in 2022-23, registering eight goals and 15 points through 23 games. He also got into one game with the Golden Knights earlier in the month, recording two penalty minutes and just under eight minutes of ice time in what was a 5-1 loss to the New York Rangers.
Pachal, 23, has yet to appear in any games with the Golden Knights this season, but did appear in two a season ago. The undrafted defenseman is not known for his offense, having recorded just seven points in 25 games with the Silver Knights thus far, but has a solid defensive presence who provides plenty of toughness.
Korczak, 21, is one of the more promising prospects in the Golden Knights system at this time. The 21-year-old, who was taken in the second-round (41 overall) in the 2019 draft, has six points in 24 games with the Silver Knights this season. He was able to suit up for the first NHL game of his career with the Golden Knights a season ago, but failed to hit the scoresheet.
While none of the three above are expected to be gamebreakers at this point in time, this goes to show the solid depth the Golden Knights have in their AHL affiliate. Having to call on them, of course, isn’t ideal, as it means that others have went down with injury. That said, if and when that happens, players like the three above are talented enough that they can help this team keep their heads above water for as long as they are needed.
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