The Las Vegas Golden Knights are the youngest franchise in the NHL. They will be joined by the Seattle franchise in 2021. When it all started the name Golden Knights caught some scrutiny. It was used and still used in the US Army. Many including myself were trying to figure out how hockey would work in Las Vegas. Well, I am happy I was wrong because it excelled in Nevada. The Golden Knight made to the Stanley Cup finals in their first year. They made the postseason in all three seasons they have been existence. Many ask me why did I chose them to do Mount Rushmore because they do not have much history or heritage. This team shows many that we never should underestimate any team.
Theodore was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks in 2013. He was the 26th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Theodore has only played two years outside of being with Las Vegas Golden Knights. He has played 211 games in Vegas. In those games, he had 112 points with 31 goals and 81 assists. He has been one of the bright players that have made the Knights such a powerhouse in the Western Conference. Theodore was part of the team that made a run at the Stanley Cup. The Knights are right back in the thick of things this year.
Marchessault, like Theodore, has played for the Las Vegas Golden Knights for three years. Before coming to the Knights he played one year for the Columbus Blue Jackets, two years for the Tampa Bay Lightning, and one year with Florida Panthers. Marchessault has played 225 games in a Knights uniform. He has 181 points 74 goals and 107 assists. Like Theodore, he has been part of the start of excellence Vegas has had. He is currently a plus 44 rating and that can only get better. Marchessault plays center and is one of the go-to players when the Knights play.
Karlsson, like Theodore, was drafted by the Anaheim Ducks. They picked him in the second round, 53rd overall. Karlsson played one year for them. He also played three years with the Columbus Blue Jackets before joining the Las Vegas Golden Knights. Like the two above he also been there for the first three years of the franchise. Karlsson has played in 227 games in a Vegas uniform. In those games, he has totaled 180 points with 82 goals and 92 assists. He, like Marchessault, is also a plus 44 for his career with the Knights.
Fleury was drafted in 2003 by the Pittsburg Penguins. The Penguins took him in the first round with the first overall pick. Just like the three above he has been there for all three years on the franchise. He has played in 156 games and made 155 starts. Fleury has a 91-50-14 record with the Las Vegas Golden Knights. He has been a staple like he was while playing for the Penguins. Fleury was hot while trying to help the Knights win a Stanley Cup in the franchise first year. He has been a leader and veteran voice that the younger Knights player needs.
Many will ask, all four of them came over in the NHL Expansion Draft? That will be occurring again soon when Seattle joins the league in a couple of years. Hockey works in Las Vegas and now they have a football team as well. With how big and popular the city is anything can work there. Look for the Las Vegas franchises to become more popular in all of the sports from here on out.
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