The Vegas Golden Knights announced that they have signed one of their top prospects, forward Brendan Brisson, to a three-year, entry-level contract (link). The signing does not come as much of a surprise, as Brisson had recently been signed to an amateur tryout with the Henderson Silver Knights of the AHL after his sophomore season at the University of Michigan came to a close. With Vegas’ season having concluded and Henderson in the AHL playoffs, Brisson will obviously not see any NHL action this season, but could be a strong candidate to see serious time for Vegas next year.
The son of prominent NHL player agent Pat Brisson, Brendan has quickly made his own name for himself, beginning his career as a first round draft pick, 29th overall, of Vegas in 2020. The forward played two seasons for Michigan, dominating the NCAA with 63 points in 62 games over those two seasons. Prior to college, Brisson played parts of two seasons in the USHL, including an impressive 24 goals and 35 assists in 45 games with the Chicago Steel in 2019-20. After turning pro, the forward again dominated the competition. Albeit a small sample size, Brisson showed he was ready for the competition, scoring three goals to go along with five assists in six games.
After a rollercoaster, and ultimately disappointing season for Vegas, signing one of their top prospects gives the organization a positive note to end on and something to look forward to in 2022-23. Still in a cap crunch, the team is clearly going to have to look towards low-cost options to produce at a higher rate and Brisson may be the best option available in that regard. Stepping up when the competition gets tougher has never been an issue for the 20-year-old and though the NHL is the toughest league in the world, he has yet to give anyone reason to doubt him.