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Ryan Carpenter Fitting In Quite Nicely With The Vegas Golden Knights
(Photo by David Becker/ Associated Press)
Las Vegas–The newest member of the Vegas Golden Knights Ryan Carpenter has established himself quite well with his new teammates.
In his 12th game with the Golden Knights, Carpenter netted his 5th goal of the season and over the course of the last 5 contest’s has skated alongside with Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Tomas Nosek.
When it comes to being on a new team the adjustment period for any player takes time to get familiar and comfortable when recognizing certain tendencies and habits of your new line mates and with Carpenter that process has taken it’s course and it show’s night in and night out with the Golden Knights.
“Yeah I mean probably more comfortable playing, more you talk, the more you play together you naturally will just get more chemistry.” Carpenter said.
Carpenter talked to us about playing along side Czech forward Nosek and assisting him on his 5th of the year.
“He’s fast and hard on pucks, he’s a great stick, he’s a great fore-checker, works hard, reliable, he’s hard to get off of the puck, when he gets it down low you know to get the cycle going.” Carpenter on playing with Nosek.
Like Nosek, in his last game against the Montréal Canadiens, the Golden Knights defeated them by 6-3 and in that contest, Carpenter found the back of the net for the third straight game which is the current active streak going for Vegas.
With Bellemare leading the Golden Knights bottom 6 forwards has become something of a gift for the franchise because he leads by example, works hard, willing to sacrifice his body to block a shot and his dedication and attention to detail is a trick that have rubbed off on his fellow teammates.
With Carpenter in the mix with Vegas, he has taken notice of those qualities in Bellemare’s game.
“He’s definitely a leader, been in the league a few years, he knows how to be a pro, he knows how to come to the rink and get his job done everyday so were going to miss his energy in the lineup.” Carpenter said on Bellemare.
Bellemare on injured reserve as of today, the Golden Knights will miss that steady leadership he brings everyday.
Since coming over from the San Jose Sharks, Carpenter’s luck in finding the back of the net has improved dramatically in the 12 games that he has played with the Golden Knights.
“I feel like I’ve had some really good games where the puck hasn’t gone in so when it does it’s always nice and you get more attention, more relaxed to get the first one and sometimes it starts finding you.” Says Carpenter.
With the Golden Knights 3-0 on the season series against the Anaheim Ducks this year, Carpenter is very familiar in what his former SoCal rivals from his days when he was with San Jose knows what’s in store for tonight’s matchup.
“It’s going to be a heavy game and a fast paced game, that’s the game they play, it’s a division game and it’s getting ramped up for teams trying to make the playoffs so it’s always going to be competitive.” Carpenter on what the challenges the Ducks will bring in tonight’s matchup at T-Mobile.
Alex Tuch who also plays for the Golden Knights bottom 6 forward group was complimentary to us today after practice when highlighting what Carpenter has brought the team since coming over.
“On the ice he’s found a lot of success, been going to those hard areas, playing simple, smart hockey, his last game the puck was finding his stick I think he could had a couple there and that’s why he’s out there and it’s been really fun.” Tuch replied on Carpenter.
“He has a hard nose gritty mentality, he plays a defensive first style which is really good and it helps us.” Tuch continued on Carpenter.
In his post practice remarks, Golden Knights Head Coach Gerard Gallant acknowledged the impact that Carpenter has had in the lineup with the third and fourth lines.
“Real good he’s competing, playing hard, he’s done exactly what every coach wishes when a guy gets in the lineup, he’s scoring goals, playing hard, he’s taken advantage of his opportunity and were real happy for him.” Gallant said.