Playoff hockey is a completely different type of hockey than what you see in the regular season, and it is something that people often miss out on because they think that they need to wait until the finals to get a good story or a good game. However, Vegas is going to the Stanley Cup Finals in their inaugural season, and they have a very good chance of winning the cup. They could get either team coming out of the east, and it would not matter so much. This is a story about redemption for people who were not wanted by their own teams.
1. The Brotherhood
The Knights came together because they were all not really wanted by their old teams. They have come together because they believe that they can start something special in Vegas, and they might even be on the edge of building a dynasty if the team is constructed in the right way. They have one of the best goaltenders in all of hockey, and they have many scorers. Whomadke it difficult for opposing teams to keep up.
2. This Changes American Sports
The first of the four major sports leagues to put a team in Vegas sees that team go straight to the championship final in their first year, and people are about to get paid on those 500-1 bets that they made way back when. It is also important to note that the other leagues have to get with the program because they will be a part of this new way of gambling soon enough. The Raiders are moving to Vegas, and it will not be long before the NBA or MLB tries to put a team there.
3. They Can Really Win
The Knights have a real chance of winning the Stanley Cup because now no one is willing to bet against them. This also means that the team could be in a place of power for some years to come as they decide how they want to move forward and build a franchise that has many different layers to it. Their acquisition of Marc-Andre Fluery alone says all that you need to know about this team. They have the hottest goalie in hockey, and they could ride him all the way to a title.
4. The Best First Season Ever
This is the best first season that any team in North American sports has ever had, and it will probably stay that was for a long time. No one could have imagined that this team would get this far, and yet here they are. Vegas knows that they are riding a wave into the finals, and they will get some rest as the teams in the east play much longer to complete their final series.
5. What If They Win?
The Vegas team could easily win the Cup, but then we need to see what could happen if that actually happened. They would be the hottest team going into next season, and guys would want to go play there. They will create a while new fan base in the city, and they will probably pick up fans along the way. Not even the Predators with their Smashville moniker were this hot, and it would give the hockey fans on the west coast something to believe in again.
6. How Does The NHL Feel?
The NHL loves this because they know that they need the best story in sports all year, and they are probably going to get it. They could ride this wave of success in Vegas for some time as they simply wait for the Golden Knights to build what could be a new version of the old Islanders or Canadiens. This also means that the league will have a team to lean on like the Yankees or the Patriots. They are creating a new guard that could be the future of the league with Nashville, LA, Chicago, and Boston all being amazing this past decade along with Vegas.
7. New Fans
People who never watched hockey before might start watching now because they know that they can get something out of this that they did not get before. They get to be real fans of a team that is just starting out, and they can jump on the bandwagon while it is still hot. This might be the best way to get viewership up and show that hockey is viable in America once again.
The Golden Knights are on the verge of something big, and they need to ride this out and win the cup so that they can cap off the best first season for any team in the history of forever. Their first season shows that any team can be put together right with a little planning.