Coming into the 2017-18 season no one though the newest franchise would even contend for a playoff spot. However, they shocked the nation. The Golden Knights went all the way to Stanley Cup finals, but unfortunately were unable to cap off the miraculous season with the championship. So as the 2018-19 season approaches, will the Golden Knights be able to do it again?
The preseason started this past Saturday, showing the league which teams are better than last year and which teams have a lot to work on. The Golden Knights went 5-1 against the Colorado Avalanche and went 7-2 against the Arizona Coyotes. They went to the Cup finals last year and during these couple games they have played like they were in them again.
This past offseason has also brought some new faces into the franchise. They have added forward Paul Stastny who totaled 68 points last year with the Winnipeg Jets, defenseman Nick Holden who totaled four goals and 14 assists last year with the Rangers/Bruins, and Forward Daniel Carr who had 16 points over 36 games for the Montreal Canadiens. Just recently the Golden Knights acquired Canadiens captain, forward, Max Pacioretty. Pacioretty had 17 goals and 20 assists in the 2017-18 season. With these big players being added there’s no doubt that the Golden Knights are destined for the Stanley Cup finals for the second year in a row.
Overall I believe that the Golden Knights will be able to replicate the 2017-18 season if not have a better season. They are at the top of their conference, and are starting out strong in the preseason. They almost made it to the top last year, but fell just shy of the Stanley Cup. The roster is loaded with talent from returning players and trades to the prospects. There’s no doubt in my mind that the Golden Knights will be a HUGE contender in this years NHL season