Golden Knights Recall Young Forward Poised for NHL Debut

The Golden Knights recalled forward Jakub Demek from AHL Henderson due to an injury to Brett Howden and other team injuries, making Demek potentially available for his NHL debut against the Senators.

The Golden Knights just pulled up Jakub Demek from the AHL’s Henderson crew. This was announced on Friday. And guess what? Brett Howden’s been sidelined to IR, making room for Demek, CapFriendly spilled the beans.

Howden, at 25, sat out during the Leafs’ 7-3 victory over Vegas last night. He’s dealing with an upper-body thing and is on a day-to-day status. With him now on IR, he’s definitely missing the next two games of Vegas’ road trip. But, he could be back on the ice by Feb. 29 in Boston.

Now, onto Demek. The kid’s 20 and this is his first big call-up. Drafted by Vegas in the fourth round back in 2021, the Slovak might just hit the NHL ice for the first time against the Senators this Saturday. Although, CapFriendly’s got him listed as a likely scratch.

But here’s the twist. Vegas’ forwards are dropping like flies. Paul Cotter took a nasty hit from Toronto’s rookie Matthew Knies last night. He managed to finish the game, but Demek’s call-up? Probably just Vegas playing it safe, in case more players catch the injury bug within the next couple of days.

Demek’s journey to North America started after Vegas picked him from HC Kosice in the Slovak Extraliga. He’s spent time with the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings and Kamloops Blazers, hitting the ice for two Memorial Cups. His stats weren’t explosive, but he’s been pretty solid.

In his first pro season, Demek’s racked up five goals and 13 points over 44 games with the Silver Knights. Not to mention, he’s sitting at a -5 rating. Ideally, Vegas wanted him to stick with the development crew in Henderson a bit longer. But, with injuries to key players like William Carrier, Pavel Dorofeyev, Jack Eichel, Howden, and captain Mark Stone, they’ve had to dig into their minor-league reserves.

Demek’s on a three-year, entry-level deal, pulling in $851,683. He’s still clear of waivers and will be up for RFA status in 2026. So, let’s see how this plays out for him and the Knights.

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson is a Senior Writer for HockeyMonitor. With a background in Sports Media, Alex joined the team in 2022. He focuses on providing the latest hockey news, game scores, and fresh NHL trade rumors.

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