LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Vegas Golden Knights selected forward Brendan Brisson 29th overall on the first day of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft.
The team made their selection from the Vegas Golden Knights NHL Draft Command Center at Rock Creek Cattle Company in Deer Lodge, Montana because the draft is being held virtually.
Brisson recorded 59 points (24 G, 34 A) to go with 50 penalty minutes in 45 games for the Chicago Steel (USHL) during the 2019-20 season.
During his 2018-19 campaign with the Green Bay Gamblers (USHL), Brisson finished with one goal in six games. He slated to play the 2020-21 season at the University of Michigan.
Brisson and Vegas Golden Knights GM Kelly McCrimmon talked about why they were so excited about Tuesday's pick.
"Our staff's job is to project who's going to turn out to be the best players 3-5 years from now, and they're really excited about how high his ceiling will be. He's a talented offensive player," McCrimmon said.
"When I heard my name selected by Vegas, the Knights, I don't even know the words that can describe the way I felt. Honestly, my whole body went numb and I'm just looking forward to waking up the next morning, getting better, and hopefully become a Golden Knight, wear the Golden Knight uniform soon," Brisson said.
Brisson just started his freshman year at the University of Michigan, so it will be at least a year before he suits up for the Golden Knights.
The 2020 NHL Entry Draft continues on Wednesday with draft coverage starting at 8:30 a.m. Vegas time on the team's social media channels.
More on Brisson is below from the team:
Brendan Brisson, Forward
Birthplace: Manhattan Beach, CA, USA
Weight: 185 lbs.
- Played 45 games for Chicago Steel in the USHL and totaled 59 points (24 G, 35 A) with 50 PIMs
- Awarded USHL Rookie of the Year and made USHL All-Rookie Team and USHL First All-Star Team
- Lead the USA U19 team in points with 12 (5 G, 7 A)