Vegas Golden Knights Peyton Krebs Out Indefinitely with Upper-Body Injury

Peyton Krebs Injury

The Vegas Golden Knights have announced on Monday that forward Peyton Krebs is out with an upper-body injury. The rookie has played only four NHL games before sustaining the injury.

Peyton Krebs Out Indefinitely with Fractured Jaw

Elliot Friedman has reported the injury is a fractured jaw after Krebs took a puck to the face on Saturday. According to Vegas’ general manager Kelly McCrimmon, the rookie underwent surgery on Sunday. Due to multiple injuries and salary cap-related issues, the Golden Knights are dressing only 15 skaters on their 55th game of the season.

Krebs had his NHL debut on May 3rd and got his first NHL point with an assist on an Alex Tuch goal against the Minnesota Wild. The rookie didn’t find the score sheet again on the next three games he played before the injury but was already making a big impact. This does not come as a surprise as he was considered a top 15 prospect┬áin his draft year. However, Krebs was picked 17th overall on the 2019 NHL Entry Draft due to an Achilles tendon injury.

The centreman finished his last season with the Winnipeg Ice with 13 goals and 30 assists for 43 points in 24 games. He leads the WHL with the most points and assists during the 2020-21 regular season.

What This Means For The Future

It’s safe to say that Krebs was going to be an asset for Vegas during their playoff run. Even though his spot on the roster was not guaranteed, he was doing everything right since day one. The Canadian player was strong in board battles, protected the puck well, and was making beautiful plays. His first point was an amazing assist that put Tuch on a partial breakaway. Krebs knew what he was doing and was making a statement to everyone that passed on him during the draft, he is good at hockey and is here to stay.

Vegas still has an amazing roster that is completely capable of making a long playoff run. However, having an asset like Peyton Krebs reserved was a big asset they could’ve used to help whenever it was needed. It’s a shame but he’s only 20 and will return as strong as always for the 2021-22 season. Or, if they make a run hopefully he can return at some point.

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