Dallas, TX – Bowling Green sophomore Brandon Kruse was drafted by the Vegas Golden Knights Saturday in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. Kruse, a 5’9″ forward from Saline, Michigan, is entering his sophomore season for Bowling Green. He scored eight goals and 25 assists for the Falcons in 41 games played during his freshman campaign, earning All-WCHA Rookie Team honors.
Kruse was drafted in the fifth round, 135th overall, by the Golden Knights. Vegas’ General Manager is George McPhee who won the Hobey Baker Award while playing for Bowling Green in 1982. Forward Ryan Carpenter is also a former Falcon who played for the Stanley Cup runners-up.
In addition to being drafted Kruse has been invited to join fellow Team USA prospects at the 2018 World Junior Summer Showcase in July. The Summer Showcase roster will be auditioning for a spot in this winter’s IIHF Under-20 World Junior Championships in British Columbia, Canada.
Kruse joins goaltender Ryan Bednard (7th, #206) and defenseman Adam Smith (7th, #198) as drafted members of the 2018-2019 Falcons’ roster. Kruse is the fourth Falcon to be drafted under Head Coach Chris Bergeron, who is entering his ninth season of coaching for the Falcons.