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Las Vegas–Today Vegas Golden Knights fans that came out to “City National Arena” had the opportunity to see the newest member of the franchise, forward Ryan Reaves.

The Golden Knights fans that came out today were standing room only which has been a regular theme for the organization over the course of the season since the club kicked off their inaugural campaign.

During his first practice with the Golden Knights today, Reaves skated with depth forwards Oscar Lindberg, Tomas Nosek, and Brandon Leipsic.

This gave fans a sneak peak of what to expect tomorrow as Vegas faces off against the Los Angeles Kings in their brief two game home at home series.

With the Reaves as a member of the Golden Knights, he became the fifth former Pittsburgh Penguins player along with Marc-André Fleury, Deryk Engelland, James Neal, and David Perron.

People around the hockey world have referred to the Golden Knights as Pittsburgh West.

Reaves was recently acquired by the Golden Knights in a three team trade with the Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh in an effort to facilitate the Derick Brassard deal. In that three way deal, the Golden Knights retained 40% of Brassard’s salary for this season and next at $2.0 million per.

Another familiarization that Reaves has with his new team was that during the 2016-17 season he was coached by Ken Hitchcock along with Perron and Brad Hunt.

For Reaves coming over via a trade with the Golden Knights it’s been a crazy for him as the Penguins were on the road recently in Raleigh-Durham when his former club took on the Carolina Hurricanes.

Thankfully Reaves was scratched that game which gave him the chance to fly back from Raleigh to Pittsburgh to gather his belongings before making his way to Las Vegas to be with his new teammates so it’s been a crazy 48 hours for him.

“Hectic, we were on the road so I had to take a flight from Carolina to Pittsburgh, packed up my stuff and then had to catch a flight down here last night so got here about 1 in the morning.” Reaves said.

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With Reaves being the newest member of the best team in the Western Conference the thought about playing for teams that are not as fortunate in the standings came into play for him.

“There’s worst team and worst cities I could be in, not this point at all so happy to be here, obviously a really good team a story book team.” Says Reaves on the Golden Knights.

The addition of Reaves gives the Golden Knights more added depth in the franchise’s bottom six with likes of Ryan Carpenter, Alex Tuch, Nosek, and Cody Eakin. He also brings that sandpaper type mentality with him to Vegas as well.

On the season, Reaves has 4 goals and 4 assists for 8 points and was a -9 in 58 games with Pittsburgh and coming to Vegas he understands what his role is.

“My role doesn’t really change, I’m not here to score 50 goals, I definitely try to help out on the scoreboard when I can, playing physical everyday.” Reaves replied.

Reaves spent 7 season’s with the St. Louis Blues organization (419 games played, recorded 24 goals and 27 assists for 51 points with 695 penalty minutes) so playing in the West is not new for him and is actually a conference in the league in which he prefers to play in and compliment’s his playing style better.

“I like the west a lot better, a lot heavier, more physical game, it’s right up my alley.” Mentioned Reaves.

With the Golden Knights in a prime Stanley Cup Playoff position in their first year, Reaves brings with him 36 games of experience in the NHL’s second season with a notable 23 PIM’s to his credit.

“Just making the team feel a lot easier going back for the puck, I think when I’m in the game I’m playing physical, so when going to the corners it opens up room for the guys on the team.” Reaves said.

When asked about the opportunity to play with Perron again, Reaves was quick respond with a laugh.

“It’s always to good to be with DP, can’t seemed to away from this guy.” Reaves on playing with Perron again with a chuckle.

Reaves had the chance to feel and experience of what it was it like practicing in front of standing room crowd at in his first session at “City National Arena”.

“It’s nice to see, the game that we played here this year was probably the best atmosphere I’ve ever played in the NHL, it was loud the whole game, fans were into it, it’s good to see the support at practices.” Reaves said.

Full Media Scrum With Ryan Reaves

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