Welcome aboard, Vegas. Now, letâ€™s all work out find out how to handle being part of the 1st of the 4 major North American sports to place a team in Las Vegas. Certainly, a street trip to Vegas is totally different than going to Columbus, right?
With no bedtime in Vegas, teams should work out find out how to get their players to bed after the charter lands the night before the game. & the charters will arrive late, we will assure that. Will the points come simply? Again, who knows? That answer will fall somewhere between â€œHow acceptable will the Golden Knights be?â€� &, â€œHow lots of my players are taking part in guilty?â€�
Really, Vegas is all a little bit of a blur. Appropriately.
UP-AND-COMING PLAYER TO WATCH
Of the Golden Knightsâ€™ possible roster, the one player nonetheless on an entry-level contract is defenceman Shea Theodore.
Hereâ€™s what we all know concerning the new NHL: Collecting the puck within the defensive zone, then quickly & safely getting it moving within the different direction with an correct pass has grow to be the noteworthy thing to having a probability. Theodore was by no means fully trusted in Anaheim, & the Ducks sacrificed he & Clayton Stoner to the Golden Knights so they might keep Josh Manson.
So Theodore has one thing to prove, & he ought to get the ice time to prove it. He can skate, pass & shoot. Anaheim didnâ€™t just like the physical complete of his game. Letâ€™s see how he pans out in Vegas.
WHAT A SUCCESSFUL 2017-18 WOULD LOOK LIKE
Just be competitive.
This season is about selling the game within the desert, & so long as this enlargement team is taking part in noteworthy hockey, fans will get a style of what possession wants them to see. If Vegas is nearly eliminated by Christmas, the sales job â€” contained in the dressing room and out of doors â€” gets so much tougher.
There’s sufficient compete on this roster â€” Cody Eakin, Erik Haula, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare â€” & a couple of objectives right here too, with players like James Neal, Mikhail Grabovski, David Perron & Jonathan Marchessault. Marc-Andre Fleury provides them goaltending, still this roster basically features two 2nd lines & two 3rd lines, & three second-pairings on the blue line.
The Golden Knights are OK, still theyâ€™re not real good. So meaning Vegas should take its points from the underside half of the NHL, since the top half goes to beat them on most nights. That makes games against the Vancouvers, Arizonas & Colorados of premium significance.
BIGGEST REMAINING QUESTION
Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.
The goal crease is the one place where Vegas can enter some games better equipped than their opponent. Fleury can historically be a Top 15 NHL goalie, still he made in that reputation behind a Stanley Cup calibre team in Pittsburgh, & wasnâ€™t all the time the image of consistency at that.
A really robust yr by Fleury, with a save proportion of at the least .918, is noteworthy for a goalie with a profession save proportion of .912. Heâ€™ll see loads of rubber (which might assist his numbers), yet when the opposite teams gets to 3 objectives the Goldens shall be crushed, most Knights.
Fleury is The- Great Legitimizer within the desert. Hereâ€™s hoping he plays like one.