Zach Whitecloud

Vegas Golden Knights
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Fantasy Summary

All around defenseman with untapped offensive upside.


Attributes
Fantasy Upside 4.0
NHL Certainty 5.5
Country CAN
Position D
Roster Type System
Shoot/Glove Right
Date of Birth November 28, 1996
Height 6‘2”
Weight 209 lbs
Drafted No

Observations

June 2019 – In his first full professional season Whitecloud has done nothing but improve every step of the way. He lined up with Nic Hague for much of the season and the rookie pair were a dominant force all season. It’s hard to imagine stepping into a faster paced game, against much higher quality opponents and finish the season as the top player in the league in terms of plus-minus, but that’s exactly what Whitecloud did, and by no small margin. He posted 28 points in 74 games for the Wolves, but really stepped up his game in the playoffs and finished with 15 points in 22 games which tied him for tops on the team. He was an integral part of the Wolves long playoff run before they were edged out for the Calder Cup. He will get a long look at camp this fall, especially if Colin Miller is moved, which will open up a spot on the right side, and he comes with a cap friendly salary. Mason Black

April 2018 – When Bemidji St. was knocked out of their conference playoffs it didn’t take long for the Vegas Golden Knights to sign one of the NCAA’s most coveted free agents. Zach Whitecloud explained that opportunity was the biggest factor in his final decision but there is also a personal connection resulting in only a couple of degrees of separation between Whitecloud and the Vegas organization: his parents are billets for the Brandon Wheat Kings, an organization owned by Kelly McCrimmon who is also Golden Knights’ Assistant General Manager. In their inaugural season, the Golden Knights have quite a few empty spots of the 50 player contracts that are allowed in the NHL, and they certainly didn’t mind using one of those on an well-rounded defenseman. Whitecloud is mobile and projects as a safe and conservative third-pairing defenseman with the potential to improve the offensive part of his game. He signed after his sophomore season where he contributed 19 points in 36 games for the Bemidji St. Beavers and was able to get in one NHL game with the Golden Knights where he went plus-three on the night. Mason Black


Stats

 Season Team League GP G A TP PIM      Playoffs GP G A TP PIM 
 2011-2012 Brandon Wheat Kings Midget AAA MMHL 8 0 0 0 4 |          
 2012-2013 Central Plains Capitals Mdgt AAA MMHL 43 1 5 6 92 | Playoffs 2 0 0 0
  Portage Terriers MJHL 1 0 0 0 0 |          
 2013-2014 Brandon Wheat Kings Midget AAA MMHL 43 8 13 21 59 | Playoffs 8 0 3 3
  Virden Oil Capitals MJHL 1 0 0 0 0 | Playoffs 6 1 0 1
 2014-2015 Virden Oil Capitals MJHL 57 3 7 10 42 | Playoffs 10 1 3 4 10 
 2015-2016 Virden Oil Capitals MJHL 59 6 34 40 105 | Playoffs 7 2 3 5
 2016-2017 Bemidji State Univ. NCAA 41 3 14 17 41 |          
 2017-2018 Bemidji State Univ. NCAA 36 4 15 19 8 |          
  Vegas Golden Knights NHL 1 0 0 0 0 |          
  Team Canada International 2 0 1 1 0 |          
 2018-2019 Chicago Wolves AHL 74 6 22 28 52 | Playoffs 22 3 12 15 11 
 2019-2020 Chicago Wolves AHL - - - - - |          

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