Who would have ever thought an first-year expansions have 103 points with six games left in the regular season. In addition to that, they have already clinched a playoff spot.
Vegas was announced to have a NHL team back in the 2016-17 season, and never had doubts along the way. They knew they would have to build a foundation of chemistry, trust, and loyalty to their players, fans, and city. They have done just that.
They have already made NHL history with their 34th win as David Perron’s goal with 1:03 left in overtime beat the Winnipeg Jets 3-2 at Bell MTS Place back on February 1st, 2018. The Knights won No. 34 in 50 games.
Why not Vegas?
Vegas Golden Knights have been the team to talk about this year not because it’s their first season in the league, but how they are taking it by storm.
Vegas has a strong to take their division and a real shot at the conference. The Winnipeg Jets and Nashville Predators are the only teams that really stand in their way, and they would not play them until the Conference Championship.
You can see how they transformed average NHL players into top caliber players. One example is through William Karlsson, in the 2016-17 season he played in 81 games, tallying 6 goals and 19 assists for 25 points. This year throughout 76 games, Karlsson has 40 goals and 29 assists, going on 69 points.
Karlsson was acquired in the expansion draft, leaving his old team, the Columbus Blue Jackets and becoming a knight.
But with every team they need a experienced vet, and they have found that in Marc-Andre Fleury. Vegas acquired Fleury from the Pittsburgh Penguins in the expansion draft. This back-to-back Stanley Cup Champion brought the experience and the leadership the Golden Knights were looking for.
Fleury this year has started 43 games, posting 28 wins and a .931 SV% with 4 shutouts. This is his highest SV% so far in his career. Fleury is in his 14th season in the NHL, and helping the Golden Knights make history.
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