Peyton Krebs has officially signed his NHL entry-level contract with the Vegas Golden Knights.
Following the whirlwind that was his past six months, the Golden Knights’ 17th overall selection in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft has put pen to paper on a three-year rookie deal that will pay the current captain of the Western Hockey League’s Winnipeg ICE $925K annually at the NHL level.
After tearing his left Achilles tendon in an offseason workout in early June, the highly-offensive Albertan saw his draft stock plummet to where he ultimately was selected midway through the first round. Coming in as a projected top-10 pick, the 18-year-old took his injury in stride, promising to come back “stronger and better” than before.
Despite missing the next five months of skating/training with his Winnipeg ICE teammates, Krebs spent most of his time with the Golden Knights’ medical staff, rehabbing his injury, finally getting back onto the ice in early November. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound centreman was then re-assigned to Winnipeg on November 15, in advance of the ICE’s road contest with the Portland Winterhawks.
Krebs wasted little time finding the scoresheet, tallying the primary assist on Michal Teply’s eighth goal of the season – Winnipeg’s only marker in a 4-1 loss to the Winterhawks Sunday. Krebs finished the game going 9/20 in the face-off circle while recording two shots on net, one minor penalty and an assist.
Through two complete WHL seasons, Krebs has put up 37 goals, 129 points and 105 penalty minutes in 138 games. Now three games into its season-long seven-game road trip, the ICE will next see action in Seattle on Tuesday, before travelling to Tri-City, Spokane and Brandon for road tilts. Currently occupying third place in the WHL’s East Division, Winnipeg will put its 11-9-1 record to the test against four very strong opponents. Puck drop at Accesso ShoWare Center is scheduled for 9:00 PM central on Tuesday.