Las Vegas–Today the Vegas Golden Knights organization crossed off a major milestone in their history as prospect defenseman and 15th overall selection in this year’s NHL Draft Erik Brannstrom took to the ice for the 2018 IIHF World Juniors in Buffalo, NY.

For General Manager George McPhee what he is getting down the road with Brannstrom is something that Golden Knights fans will be excited to see night in and night out at T-Mobile Arena.

(Photo by Vegas Golden Knights Media Department)

Brannstrom entered the tournament with 27 games under his belt this season with HV71 and has 6 assists (6 points) to his credit this campaign. He is currently playing in a league with men that are at least 5 years of age older than him so this experience in the long run will play huge dividends for his professional playing career in the NHL someday.

In international play with U20 Junior league team, Brannstrom thru 7 games recorded 1 goal and 4 assists for 5 points.

For Golden Knights prospect Brannstrom, he made history today for the organization as the first player ever to score a goal as a draft pick selection of the franchise in international play.

This brought the game to a 2-1 Team Sweden lead over Team Belarus in the 2nd period of the contest.

Brannstrom’s Goal For Team Sweden

For Brannstrom, he would an assist later in the middle frame as he made a cross ice feed pass to New Jersey Devils prospect Jesper Boqvist that extended the Swedes lead over Belarus by 3 and made a 4-1 contest.

Brannstrom’s 2nd Period Assist For Team Sweden

Team Sweden would go on and win this opening tournament game over Team Belarus by a 6-1 final.

Brannstrom and Team Sweden will be back in action again this Thursday as he takes on Team Czech Republic at 4:00pm ET/ 1:00pm PT at KeyBank Center.

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