2:25 a.m prime minister As reported By Danny Webster of The Las Vegas SunMartinez’s absence has indeed been extended. The team has reportedly placed him on injured reserve, which could push Korchak into a push position Braden Pachal some ice time as the team’s third-pairing right tackle.
2:20 p.m. Vegas Golden Knights announced a series of moves from the roster, recalling forward Byron Froese and defender Kaedan Korchak of their AHL affiliate, the Henderson Silver Knights.
In addition, the team sent forward Sheldon Rampal returned to the AHL just two days after being called up.
These roster moves put Korczak and Froese in their debut NHL seasons. Korczak, 21, was Vegas’ second-round pick in the 2019 draft. After spending a little over a year developing in the WHL, Korczak came up to the AHL and became a quality everyday piece in Henderson’s backcourt.
He sat out an NHL game last year as the Golden Knights dealt with a rash of injuries, and is now back on an NHL roster with a chance to get more game action. Veteran Blue Alec Martinez didn’t play in yesterday’s game, so it’s possible this recall is in Vegas adding some reinforcements if his absence is extended.
In Froese, the Golden Knights recalled a physical AHL veteran who played well in Henderson. The 31-year-old has been a quality scorer at the AHL level for years and even served as an AHL captain. He’ll be able to fill a depth role for coach Bruce Cassidy if called upon.
To make room for these recalls, the team cut Rampal right after he made his NHL debut. The 27-year-old was an elite scorer in the AHL last year with 69 points in just 55 games, and he’s been solid this year in Henderson as well.
He played just under 8 minutes in last night’s game, and without making a major positive impact, he’ll be headed back to the AHL.