The Golden Knights’ trip to the Anaheim Rookie Faceoff is over. The main event begins Thursday.
That’s when the Knights’ training camp opens with off-ice testing at City National Arena. The team then has three weeks to prepare for the season opener against the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 2 at T-Mobile Arena.
Fifty-three players received an invitation to camp, but a maximum of 23 can appear on the opening-night roster. The Knights will bring 29 forwards, 17 defensemen and seven goaltenders to camp. They began the season with 12 forwards, eight defensemen and two goalies last year and didn’t have a full roster until they called up right wing Tomas Hyka before their fifth game.
“It was too long of an offseason,” left wing Jonathan Marchessault said last week. “I think everyone is super excited, and everyone looks in shape, so I think everyone can’t wait to start.”
The Knights will bring 19 players from their rookie camp to the main one, including all eight defensemen and all three goaltenders. The young blue liners’ performance will be one of the stories of camp, as Jake Bischoff, Dylan Coghlan, Nicolas Hague, Jimmy Schuldt and Zach Whitecloud will compete for a roster spot.
“We’re born to compete,” Whitecloud said. “Everyone competing for a spot knows that. You just go out there, you do what you have to do and what your role is and obviously try to make the best case for yourself.”
Other battles to watch include the bottom six, where forwards Brandon Pirri, Tomas Nosek, Nicolas Roy and others will vie for jobs at third line left wing and fourth line center, and backup goaltender, where Malcolm Subban will try to hold off newcomer Garret Sparks.
“Obviously, there’s a few spots open,” Marchessault said. “I think it’s healthy competition, and it’s good to have on the team. We know each other, we all know our roles and we’re ready to push each other and have a great year.
“I think we’ll be one of the teams to beat this year.”
McGinn signs with Chicago
The Knights’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, announced Wednesday that they signed 29-year-old forward Tye McGinn to a contract.
McGinn, who had 12 points in 36 games with the Wolves last season, will attend Knights training camp.
Golden Knights training camp roster
(Players listed in alphabetical order)
Forwards: Patrick Brown, William Carrier, Paul Cotter, Reid Duke, Cody Eakin, Lucas Elvenes, Cody Glass, Tyrell Goulbourne, Ben Jones, William Karlsson, Keegan Kolesar, Jake Leschyshyn, Jermaine Loewen, Jonathan Marchessault, Tye McGinn, Curtis McKenzie, Tomas Nosek, Max Pacioretty, Brandon Pirri, Mason Primeau, Gage Quinney, Ryan Reaves, Jonas Rondbjerg, Nicolas Roy, Reilly Smith, Paul Stastny, Mark Stone, Alex Tuch, Valentin Zykov.
Defensemen: Jake Bischoff, Xavier Bouchard, Dylan Coghlan, Connor Corcoran, Deryk Engelland, Nicolas Hague, Nick Holden, Kaedan Korczak, Brett Lernout, Brayden McNabb, Jaycob Megna, Jon Merrill, Brayden Pachal, Nate Schmidt, Jimmy Schuldt, Shea Theodore, Zach Whitecloud.
Goaltenders: Oscar Dansk, Dylan Ferguson, Marc-Andre Fleury, Jordan Kooy, Jiri Patera, Garret Sparks, Malcolm Subban.