The Vegas Golden Knights have re-assigned defenseman Kaedan Korczak to their AHL affiliate, the Henderson Silver Knights. The move comes after Korczak was recalled to Vegas four days ago with the team in the midst of some injury challenges at their back end.
Now Korczak will head back to Henderson having not skated in a game for Vegas during his short time on their roster. Korczak does have an NHL game on his resume, from last season when the Golden Knights’ blueline was in a similar position, so this move does not cost him a chance at making his NHL debut.
The reassignment leaves Vegas with seven defensemen on their active roster, giving them an opportunity to call up an extra forward. As the Golden Knights are a team utilizing long-term injured reserve, keeping less than the maximum of 23 players on their roster does not provide any benefits in terms of being able to bank cap space to use later on in the season.
Korczak, 21, was the 41st overall pick at the 2019 draft and will head back to Henderson, where he plays a top-four role with a healthy dose of special teams time. The big defense-first defenseman has six points in 24 games so far this year at the AHL level to go along with 18 penalty minutes.