NHL Draft 2018: Golden Knights take Slava Demin and Paul Cotter with fourth round selections

It’s rapid fire now. Vegas has its next two prospects.

The Vegas Golden Knights used their two fourth-round picks Saturday on defenseman Slava Demin (No. 99) and forward Paul Cotter (No. 115).

Demin is a Southern California native who has committed to play for collegiate powerhouse Denver University next season. The 18-year-old blueliner has been touted as one of the best defensemen in this draft class. He had 45 points in 57 games for the Wenatchee Wild of the BCHL. Thirty-six of those points were assists, pointing to him being a solid passer from the point.

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Cotter, a 6-foot-0, 183-pound forward, is a commit to Western Michigan. He had 39 points in 51 games for the Lincoln Stars of the USHL. The Canton, Michigan native is a solid scorer and definitely tests out well. The day prior to the USHL/NHL Top Prospects game on Jan. 9, he was the top overall tester in a set of on-ice drills. He also scored a goal in the game.

With the draft now hitting its later stages, the hope is finding diamonds in the rough in the later rounds. The Golden Knights have a solid defenseman that many thought could’ve gone much sooner in the draft, and got a forward in Cotter that will need some more time to develop, but has some promise.