Winnipeg product Adam Brooks is on his way to Nevada. On Wednesday, the Vegas Golden Knights claimed the 25-year-old forward off Waivers from the Montreal Canadiens. Brooks, who only suited up in four games for the Habs, was earlier claimed by Montreal off Waivers from the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Drafted in the fourth round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by the Leafs, he 5-foot-10, 185-pound forward has played the majority of his professional career within Toronto. He has four goals and nine points in 22 NHL games, while skating in 164 American Hockey League contests with the Marlies, where he put up 42 goals and 50 assists for 92 points.
Brooks will now join a Vegas team already overflowing with Manitoban talent. Spearheading the movement is former Brandon Wheat Kings head coach/general manager Kelly McCrimmon, who serves as the Knights’ GM.
Brooks will join fellow Winnipeggers Mark Stone, Nolan Patrick and Keegan Kolesar in Vegas, on a team that also has Brett Howden (Oakbank) and Zach Whitecloud (Sioux Valley Dakota Nation), while its minor league affiliate boasts Jermaine Loewen (Arborg), Lynden McCallum (Portage la Prairie) and Colt Conrad (St. Alphonse).
Another Manitoban heads to Vegas as Adam Brooks has been claimed off Waivers.
Kelly McCrimmon's Golden Knights now consist of:
What a contingent.
— Carter Brooks (@CBrooksie84) November 17, 2021
Following his time with the U-14, U-15 and U-17 AAA Winnipeg Hawks, Brooks moved on to the U-18 Winnipeg Thrashers, where he continued to dominate his opponents – albeit, not scoring in the triple digits like he had become accustomed to in years’ past. He was drafted in the second round by the Western Hockey League’s Regina Pats, where he went on to score 135 goals and 384 points in 359 total WHL contests.
He never quite found his fit on an extremely deep Maple Leafs team, managing four goals and eight points in just 18 games. Brooks was picked up by the Canadiens in October, before failing to find his place in that lineup. Currently in the second year of a two-year deal that carries a $725K annual average value, he would be required to pass through Waivers should Vegas opt to send him to the Henderson Silver Knights.
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