Vegas is the model for expansion franchises, especially since it followed up a storybook debut with another impressive campaign that had them among the NHL’s most consistent teams. It’s almost unfathomable that after two seasons the “Golden Misfits” have scored more goals than all but seven teams, allowed fewer goals than all but four and collected more points than all but six.
IMMEDIATE NEEDS: When the Golden Knights are pulling in the same direction – which is virtually all the time – there’s little they need. But what Vegas does lack compared to the other top five or six teams is an absolute game-breaker. Mark Stone hasn’t hit that level yet. When balance and intensity aren’t enough, the presence of a difference-maker often is.
LONG-TERM NEEDS: Marc-Andre Fleury’s new contract has...
About the Author
Brian Costello joined The Hockey News in 1990 when the likes of Bruce Boudreau, Randy Carlyle and Joel Quenneville were players, not coaches. Costello covered major junior hockey for five seasons before getting called up to THN. He likes to focus his attention on pre- and post-NHL careers, following closely the progress of the draft, up-and-coming prospects and fancying himself a Hall of Fame expert.