Brandon Kruse

Vegas Golden Knights
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Fantasy Summary

A diminutive winger with a high offensive potential.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 6.5
NHL Certainty 3.5
Country USA
Position LW
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Left
Date of Birth March 26, 1999
Height 5‘9”
Weight 154 lbs
Drafted 2018 Round 5; Overall: 135

Observations

October 2018 – Kruse has been on fire to start the 2018-19 season with Bowling Green.  His recent success suggests that last year’s rookie breakout season was not an aberration.  As he’s been given more responsibility he has demonstrated that he can lead a team despite being only a sophomore.  Although the season has only just begun, Kruse rattled off eight points in his first four games.  The biggest concern for Kruse right now is that he’s still listed as a 155-pound winger, which is extremely light compared to NHL standards.  He lacks the explosive skill level that is needed if he’s to eventually land on an NHL roster at that size.  Fortunately, Vegas is preaching patience and hopes that he can add some bulk over the next few years. 

September 2018 – In an unexpected move the Golden Knights went off the board to select Kruse in the 5th round. Originally passed over in his initial draft year, most prognosticators did not have the 5’9” winger on their draft lists, and weighing in at 154 pounds the 19 year old was probably as surprised as any to have been selected. That is certainly not to take anything away from his rookie season playing with Bowling Green State University where he posted 33 points in 41 games, and earned WCHA All-Rookie Team honours. A few key players in the Falcons lineup have graduated, so one should expect that he’ll see an increased role in the organization. There is not question that he’s going to add some muscle to his tiny frame if he ever wants a shot at the NHL level, but he has shown an increased progression in skill level that is promising. Mason Black


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Detroit Little Caesars QC Int PW 4 1 3 4 4 |          
 2012-2013 Belle Tire Bantam Minor AAA T1EMBHL 29 23 37 60 2 |          
 2013-2014 Belle Tire Bantam Major AAA T1EBHL 27 9 17 26 12 |          
 2014-2015 Belle Tire U16 T1EHL U16 32 9 10 19 16 | Playoffs 4 0 1 1
 2015-2016 Team Grey USA-S16 5 2 2 4 2 |          
  Belle Tire U16 T1EHL U16 32 9 20 29 16 | Playoffs 4 5 3 8
 2016-2017 Team White USA-S17 5 0 0 0 - |          
  Brookings Blizzard NAHL 59 16 30 46 70 | Playoffs 5 2 5 7
 2017-2018 Bowling Green State Univ. NCAA 41 8 25 33 38 |          
 2018-2019 Bowling Green State Univ. NCAA 23 7 19 26 14 |          

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