Shifty forward with nice puck skills, high-end vision, and a mind for creating offence. A natural leader.
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May 2023 – After a successful 2021-2022 NHL rookie campaign in which he scored seven goals and 22 points in 48 games as a Buffalo Sabre, Krebs’ offensive production regressed in his sophomore season. His output of nine goals and 26 points in 74 games was tenth among Buffalo players in 2022-2023 and a significant reduction from his scoring pace last season. Despite this, he demonstrated a proficient degree of defensive capability for his team as their regular fourth-line center this season. One of his strengths is his ability to pressure his opponent at both ends of the ice. His offensive opportunities were limited due to his bottom-six assignments. His tenacity and work ethic were expressed, thus, through his tight checking of his opposition this season. He led all Sabres players in penalty minutes with 50 while receiving an average of 13:50 of ice time per game. He was also fifth in hits among his teammates, accumulating a total of 93 bodychecks thrown during the campaign. The 22-year-old’s game continues to mature. Meanwhile, opportunities for him to move up the lineup may soon become available. He has demonstrated the potential to score at a higher pace than he did this past season, and more ice time should help facilitate improved totals. He is quite capable of becoming an effective two-way, middle-six forward for the Sabres. Kevin Wong
March 2020 – Krebs has rebounded well after a partially torn Achilles prior to the 2019 Draft. He’s one of the leading point producers for the Winnipeg Ice. He has missed the last three games due to an undisclosed injury. Krebs has fantastic speed, vision, awareness, and hands. He thinks the game two plays in advance, sometimes catching his linemates off guard with passes they did not expect. He uses his edges well in tight areas to escape checkers and create space. One thing I noticed is he has an odd high gallop type of stride from a standstill position. He doesn’t do this all the time but did so quite often. He’s fantastic in the dot, alert defensively. Hopefully, his injury is minor and he returns soon. Fantastic future for this kid. Danny McGillicuddy
June 2019 – Vegas may have had a top-10 talent slide to them in the bottom half of the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft when they selected Peyton Krebs with the 17th pick overall. Krebs may have seen his draft-value decrease after suffering an off-season injury when he was cut by a skate that left him with a partial tear of his achilles tendon. It should be noted that this type of injury has a near 100% success rate of a player returning to full ability afterwards. Nonetheless, Krebs will miss a very important off-season of training to help focus on certain aspects of development that will support his on-ice game. He will almost undoubtedly return to his WHL team, as they move from Kootenay to Winnipeg. They have some up-and-coming superstars on the way in the Ice organization, including Matthew Savoie, so it’s quite possible that Krebs’ point totals sky-rocket and everyone looks back and wonders how he slipped to the bottom half of the first round. Especially after he led a pretty awful Kootenay team in points by a fairly wide margin in 2018-19. Mason Black
June 2019 –Krebs has been drafted 17th overall by the Golden Knights. Krebs was officially measured at 5-foot-11.5 and 183 pounds at the NHL Draft Combine. Jokke Nevalainen
February 2019 – The Kootenay Ice have struggled mightily for some time. They’ve been a consistent bottom-feeder for the last four seasons and are continuing to flounder in 2018-19. Things have gotten so bad that the team announced recently that they would move to Winnipeg to begin the 2019-20 campaign. The one bright spot? Peyton Krebs. The dynamic forward was selected first overall in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft and has been a beacon for the squad. Despite being saddled with less-than-stellar surround talent, he’s managed to produce at a significant pace since entering the league and has been a consistently ranked top-10 talent for the 2019 draft.
Krebs takes creative lines to dangerous areas of the ice. He’s the type of player that sees plays develop before those around him and uses that to exploit the opposition. He’s a playmaker who can impact the game on any shift. He’s also capable of playing all three forward positions but likely ends up on the wing in the NHL. Cam Robinson