Dylan Ferguson earns emergency NHL recall as Vegas suffers another injury
The rotating carousel of goaltenders for the Vegas Golden Knights hasn’t quite hit a league record-high just yet, but it’s getting close.
Starter Marc-Andre Fleury’s concussion left the team starting the newly-acquired Malcolm Subban early in the season, forced to ice a tandem of Subban and AHL prospect Oscar Dansk when Fleury’s injury came just days after the team dealt Calvin Pickard to the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Things were going well with Subban until he, too, went down with an injury – and now, with Dansk injured after the team’s Monday night game as well, they’re on to fourth-stringer Maxime Lagace. If they ice just three more netminders this year, they’ll tie a league record.
As the team’s last goaltender signed to a pro-level deal already in the pros, though Vegas will – for now – turn to prospect Dylan Ferguson as their fifth player to suit up.
It was reported on Monday evening, following Dansk’s exit from an eventual 6-3 loss to the New York Islanders, that Ferguson has been recalled on an emergency basis from the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers to fill in as the team’s second goaltender behind Lagace. He’ll arrive in New York tonight, per the announcer for the Blazers, ahead of tomorrow night’s game against the New York Rangers:
.@blazerhockey Dylan Ferguson called up by NHL Vegas..flies out tonight to meet them in NYC.
— Earl J. Seitz (@EarlCFJCsports) October 31, 2017
It’s been a wild year already for the 19-year-old Ferguson, starting when he was drafted 194th overall by the Dallas Stars at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
He was quickly dealt from Dallas to Las Vegas in the deal that sent defenseman Marc Methot to Texas, then got his first win on NHL pro ice during a preseason game that also served as the first pro win for the Golden Knights in franchise history. Add to that that it came against his childhood team, the Vancouver Canucks, and it was a pretty exciting summer for the Lanztville, BC native.
That ‘surreal’ debut led to an entry-level deal with Vegas, which Ferguson took with him and returned to the WHL for his first post-draft season as a starter for Kamploops.
Just 13 games into the season, though, and he’s back to the pros.
Ferguson’s numbers to kick off the year have been less than ideal, as he posts a 4-9-0 record and a .878 save percentage in all situations during the early months of his season.
Lagace allowed four goals on 11 shots in relief for Vegas, though, posting a .636 save percentage in his own NHL debut – so there’s a chance that Ferguson will get to see NHL ice in a regular season game just months after he was selected 23 spots from the end at the draft in Chicago.
Vegas will clearly need to address this issue in more detail soon. They already have a goaltender on loan from the AHL’s Toronto Marlies filling in for them with the Chicago Wolves just to ice a minor league roster, and any long-term issues for Dansk could leave them with a difficult situation.
For now, though, it sounds like it’s about to be a pretty exciting ride for Ferguson.