The Vegas Golden Knights sit at 8-2-0 on the season and have allowed the second-fewest goals per game, but it’s emergency time. With injuries crippling their netminder situation, the team is calling up 19-year-old goaltender Dylan Ferguson from the Western Hockey League.
The Dallas Stars drafted Ferguson in the seventh round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft out of Lantzville, British Columbia, Canada, before swapping him to the upstart Golden Knights, who would normally have the luxury of being able to develop young talent in what is their inaugural season.
Ferguson has spent the past three seasons as a member of the Kamloops Blazers, and this year has gone far from well. Entering play on Monday night, he has allowed 4.05 goals per game with a .878 save percentage in 13 games in net.
He parlayed his performance last year (2.74 GAA, .922 save percentage) into being drafted, but now finds himself on his way to New York, where he will join the Golden Knights for their Tuesday night matchup against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
Should Ferguson be forced into duty at any point, he would be the fifth goaltender to suit up for the team in just their 11th game of the season. It’s been quite the bunch, with Marc-Andre Fleury, Malcolm Subban, Oscar Dansk, and Maxime Lagace all getting in between the pipes at some point in the first month.
After Monday night’s loss to the New York Islanders, head coach Gerard Gallant said that Lagace would “probably” be the team’s starter on Tuesday night, with his other option being a 19-year-old who has never played in even the AHL.
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