2017-18 NHL Season Preview: Vegas Golden Knights
As you can probably tell by the title, the National Hockey League has gone (sort of) medieval. For the first time ever, the National Hockey League will witness the Vegas Golden Knights take the ice. That’s right, 2017-18 will be the first time fans see hockey in Las Vegas.
A product of this past expansion draft, the Vegas Knights are made up of a mixture of different players. Some of the key moves are as follows: Marc-Andre Fleury. A goalie that is more than capable of pulling number one goalie duties. An older player, but, Stanley Cup champion that could be used to lead the team without question.
In front of Fleury, the likes of Cody Eakin (who was one of the shining players on the Dallas Stars roster last season), Johnathan Marchessault, and Oscar Lindberg. On defense, the Golden Knights will have the likes of Nate Schmidt and Griffin Reinhart. And that’s not where the talent ends.
Reid Duke, currently in the minors for the Knights, could also make a case for a position on the “big league” roster. Looking at the younger talent, one more thing is obvious. With all the side deals that General Manager George McPhee was able to complete, even the pipeline of young players seems fully stocked.
While it is hard to really pinpoint who will be on the roster opening day, fans will have fun watching a new team take the ice. George McPhee is a GM that is well-respected around the league, he and coach Gerard Gallant could be an interesting combination for years to come. There is no guarantee that this team will be Stanley Cup ready this year, but they are headed in the right direction already. The Knights will put their team to the test in games that matter on October 6, when they face a revamped Dallas Stars team.