Prospects Rambling: First NHL Goals

Hayden Soboleski

2019-10-13

image courtesy of Winnipeg Free Press

 

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I’ve been patient, I’ve held off a couple weeks until I had a big batch of clips for this article, and I think its finally time to post my first First NHL Goals post of the season!

 

If you’ve read my articles over the years, you know that there’s not much I enjoy more than sharing a prospect’s first NHL – the achievement they’ve worked their whole life for. We’re lucky enough to have a wide assortment so far this year, so let’s get into it!

 

No sense burying what people want to see – Kaapo Kakko shows off his soft hands in close for his first of many:

 

We knew he would get powerplay time, but I’m not sure the opposition expected such a bomb from Quinn Hughes to blast in his first:

 

Speaking of blasts – who expected Ville Heinola to be the first 2019 draftee to get a goal? Not me, but if he keeps doing this he’ll have more to come;

 

Some empty-netters are easy, but Sam Lafferty’s first came from his own zone with no preparation, so he definitely gets to brag about it being a great one:

 

Barrie did most of the work, but KHL import Ilya Mikheyev made no mistake finishing of his first in North America:

 

I love this one. Adam Johnson sees a rebound come his way on the rush with some open net, and decides to just wind up and rip it. What a beauty!

 

The first NHL goal from the first Golden Knights’ draft pick Cody Glass. The defensemen were nice enough to make sure he had enough room:

 

Nick Caamano also gets a bit too much room from the defense and was able to cut right to the net for his first. Fantastic play.

 

Not all first goals are picturesque – Dominik Kubalik gets his by ending a giant scrambling mess in front of the net: