Las Vegas–Today at “City National Arena”, we had the opportunity to speak with Vegas Golden Knights newcomer Ryan Carpenter after practice on what the transition has been like for him since coming over from the San Jose Sharks organization via the waiver route.
During the offseason, Carpenter signed a new 2-year deal with his then San Jose Sharks club worth $1.3 million and an AAV of $650k per season.
This season when he was a member of the Sharks, Carpenter played in 16 total games with San Jose and recorded a single assist and was a plus 1.
In his most recent 10 games with San Jose before heading over to Vegas via a waiver pickup, Carpenter centered a line with Marcus Sorensen and Jannik Hansen which was the Sharks fourth line.
Right now, the Golden Knights fourth line or “International Line” as they are called features mostly Tomas Nosek, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, and William Carrier.
For Carpenter it’s going to be interesting to where Head Coach Gerard Gallant intends to use him. Since coming over, Carpenter has yet to see any game action with the Golden Knights.
However, having Carpenter with the team, gives Gallant another option to employ with the bottom six of forwards currently on the roster.
Carpenter has been taking the time to let everything to start seeking in that he is no longer a member of the San Jose Sharks hockey club.
“I feel like everyone is probably in the same situation, probably coming in here this year guys probably understand it are very welcoming and very warm, it’s been just a few days, probably as comfortable as I can be and just excited for a fresh start.” Says Carpenter on coming over to Vegas.
The Vegas Golden Knights hockey team along with the organization, has preached since the start of the season that the franchise is all in when it comes to the community and fan support and with Carpenter coming in new and fresh, he was very complimentary of what is has seen in his short time in his new city.
“Just watching the past two games, I mean even the games we played here when I was with San Jose you can definitely tell it was loud a really cool atmosphere, I mean it helps too with the boys are winning and playing good hockey, maybe not your traditional hockey market but you can tell there sports fans and really supporting us.” Carpenter said.
Spending the better part of roughly 5 seasons with the San Jose Sharks organization Carpenter provided us his fondest moments with his former club.
“You always remember your first call up I guess, first NHL goal was in Los Angeles, you always remember those things, last year with the Barracuda we made a pretty cool playoff run, had a good group of guys, I think just the friendships too you build over the years, I was with them that was sorta of my fourth season, you have a lot of friends, great organization.” Carpenter on his time with the San Jose Sharks organization.
In the last seasons Calder Cup Playoffs, Carpenter scored the biggest goal in Barracuda history that punched their ticket into the second round for the first time franchise history.
“It seems like forever ago, it was cool, special, and crazy before that I guess they hit a post so it was cool I guess for the Barracuda to advance, win their first playoff series and be apart of that, I think it was all Goodrow on that play if you watch the replay Barclay Goodrow pretty much did all the work.” Carpenter on scoring the biggest goal of his professional playing career.
Tomorrow the Golden Knights face the highly potent offense of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Steven Stamkos so it’s not yet clear if Carpenter will be making his Vegas debut so we will have to wait and see how that plays out.