Vegas Golden Knights Erik Brannstrom Uses Vision and Speed to His Advantage

LAS VEGAS — Erik Brannstrom of the Vegas Golden Knights is 5-foot-10, likes to join the rush and shoot the puck.

So why is the 17-year-old a defenseman and not a center?

“I like to play, and you play more as a ‘D’ than a forward,” Brannstrom said at Golden Knights development camp last month. “I like to play a lot and have the puck and take responsibility out there, so I think it fits me.”