It’s safe to say that Monday was one of the most memorable days in the life of Peyton Krebs. The afternoon saw the 20-year-old receive the Western Hockey League’s Player of the Month award for the past month of April, just hours before he made his NHL debut with the Vegas Golden Knights.
The 17th overall selection of Vegas in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft began the 2020-21 season with American Hockey League’s Henderson Silver Knights, where he put up a goal, five points and a plus-6 rating in his first five professional hockey games. The Okotoks, AB. product was then forced back to the WHL with the Winnipeg ICE due to the new exemption rule.
With the ICE, Krebs did nothing but dominate. In 24 games he put up 13 goals and 43 points, leading Winnipeg to a second place finish in the Regina Hub of the abbreviated season. The third-year captain put up 25 points in 14 games during the month of April, and finished the season on a 23-game point-scoring streak. Yes, he recorded at least one point in all but the very first game of the year for the ICE.
Krebs put up four points on two occasions this season, three points three times, and two points eight times. Canadian world junior fans may also recall Krebs’ three-goal, eight-point performance at the 2021 World Junior Hockey Championship this past winter, where he helped Team Canada to a silver medal in Edmonton.
After finishing up his 24 games with Winnipeg, the 5-foot-11, 180-pound forward was immediately recalled to Kelly McCrimmon’s Golden Knights. He made his debut for Vegas late night on Monday, to which he received the rookie treatment, skating a solo lap in the warmup.
🚨 ROOKIE LAP 🚨
— x-Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) May 3, 2021
Krebs then went out and scored his first career NHL point – an assist on a first-period Alex Tuch marker – before finishing the night a +1 with a takeaway and an 80 percent success rate in the face-off dot in just 9:05 of icetime.
ANOTHA ONE. 🚨
— NHL on NBC Sports (@NHLonNBCSports) May 4, 2021
It’s safe to say that Krebs made quite the impression on his Golden Knights teammates.