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Author: Ken Boehlke (Page 2 of 69)

City National Arena/Practice Facility Update – August 2nd, 2017

City National Arena, the home of the Golden Knights practice rink and organizational offices is set to open later this month. Today, media were invited inside to take a look as the NHL rink begins the process of being flooded.

Defensive draw view of the new VGK practice facility.

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The local boy Deryk Engelland is in the house… or practice facility.

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Guest Post: Hope For First Year On Ice Success In Vegas

It’s been quite a while since our last Guest Post, so we’re heading back to the well, this time from our friend whose Twitter profile reads, “my loyalties lie with Pittsburgh, but my heart lies in Vegas.” 

We’ll have to work on the whole loyalties thing, but that’s for another day. As for now, Laura believes many in the media, including here on SinBin.vegas, are underselling the Golden Knights chances on the ice in their inaugural season. So here it is, our latest guest post from Laura Weibe.

Let’s clear a few things up right away, this team, in my opinion, won’t make the playoffs this year, they won’t turn heads and put up some miraculous 50 win season. That is still a few years away, but before you talk about being a first-year expansion franchise that is comparable to Atlanta (39 points) in 1999, I will try and give a glimmer of hope to the Golden Knights first season on the ice.

Forwards

The team on the ice might not resemble the likes of the past few Cup champs, but there are some good players that are proven NHLers on the roster. Let’s break down how the team might look, come opening night. On forward expect something like this;

Jonathan Marchessault – Vadim Shipachyov – James Neal

David Perron – Cody Eakin – Reilly Smith

Erik Haula – William Karlsson – Oscar Lindberg

Brendan Leipsic – P.E. Bellemare – Teemu Pulkkinen

Marchessault had 51 points last year, including 30 goals. Neal had 41 points, including 23 goals. Shipachyov, in the KHL had 76 points, including 26 goals. That’s a first line that accumulated 168 points. Now, KHL numbers don’t prove much at the NHL level but that is all there is to go on.

In comparison, the Penguins first line combined for 175. Before we get ahead of ourselves, no the Penguins first line and Vegas’s first line are not comparable and KHL points are very hard to transfer, but those are the numbers.

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SinBin.vegas Podcast #76: Arbitration And Our Really Really Really Mean Tweet

After a weekend of being bombarded on Twitter for making a joke, we head back to The Space to reflect on what actually went down. Hosted by Jason Pothier and Ken Boehlke.

  • Our society gets offended by everything.
  • Nate Schmidt’s arbitration may become an example for future Golden Knights RFAs and pending RFAs.
  • Ridiculous hypotheticals about Vadim Shipachyov and Wayne Gretzky.
  • Jason’s Bass Pro Shop story… which he wasn’t even there for.
  • Dogs = Kids

And much more…

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Golden Knights News; National TV Games, Single Game Tickets, And Parking

The Golden Knights were sending out press releases left and right today. The first one came early this morning on NBCSN’s national television schedule. Then another came out about parking, and a final one slightly after 1:00 PM about single game tickets. Rather than try and make them all into a coherent story (sounds like a lot of work), read these bullet points.

National TV Games

  • A total of five Golden Knights games will be televised nationally on NBCSN.
  • The home opener on October 10th vs. Arizona is the first.
  • Thursday, December 28 at Los Angeles, Friday, February 2 at Minnesota, Tuesday, February 27 vs. Los Angeles, and Thursday, March 22 at San Jose
  • These games will not be available on AT&T Sports Network, the Golden Knights primary home for TV broadcasts.  The other 77 games will be.

Parking

  • Day of game parking will be available at MGM Grand and Excalibur for $20.
  • Season ticket holders can purchase parking through their ticket representative starting today for $8 per game at Excalibur and MGM Grand and $10 per game at Aria and New York New York.
  • Season ticket holder prices will increase by $2 per game on August 21st.
  • Individual games will be $13 at select garages and will go on sale later in August. LasVegas.ParkMobile.com will be the site to get those passes.
  • M Life members with Pearl status or above will still be able to park for free at MGM garages, subject to availability. A much higher volume of cars is expected for Golden Knights games, so the recommendation is to arrive early. (Monte Carlo, New York New York, and possibly Aria will not be open to M Life customers on game nights.)

Single Game Tickets

  • Regular season single game seats go on sale to the general public on August 14th at 2PM PT.
  • Nevada residents (and residents in the Golden Knights TV region of Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana) will be able to purchase tickets two hours early on August 14th.
  • Eight ticket max for general sale, four ticket max for resident presale.
  • Tickets start at $65 per game.
  • Preseason tickets go on sale August 11th at 8 AM PT.
  • A special offer is available for the October 27th, Nevada Day, game at 3:00 PM PT. Select tickets will available for $70.20 (or $70.2). Get it, 702. Ok, good.

Where Were The Golden Knights Expansion Picks Selected In The Entry Draft

The Golden Knights made 11 selections in their first NHL Entry Draft in Chicago, including Cody Glass, Nick Suzuki, and Erik Brannstrom, who became the first 1st round picks in franchise history. The draft a few days prior, which netted the majority of the Golden Knights inaugural franchise, brought in seven 1st round picks as well.

The Expansion Draft is usually, and understandably, viewed through the lens of “where did he come from” not “when was he picked.” Here’s a look at when each player was drafted to see how the team looks from an Entry Draft perspective. (Individual player list at bottom)

Draft1st2nd3rd4th5th6th7th
20176, 13, 1534, 626596127, 142158, 161189, 194
2016xxxxxxx
2015xx69xxxx
201418xxxx168x
20132657xxxxx
20124, 29x89x151x185, 202
2011x31, 5366xxxx
2010x38, 49, 57x111xxx
2009xx66, 69, 85xxx182
200819xxxxxx
200726xxxxxx
2005x33xxxxx
2004xx79xxxx
20031xxxxxx
2000xxxxx194x

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“Hague Is Going To Be The Captain Of The Vegas Golden Knights At Some Point”

With the 34th pick in the NHL Entry Draft, the Vegas Golden Knights selected Nic Hague, a 6’6″ 220 pound defenseman from the OHL’s Mississauga Steelheads.

Hauge ranked as a first rounder in most publications and was consistently in the top 10 when ranking just defensemen.

The concern, like most big guys playing hockey, was whether or not he would be able to skate at an NHL level due to his size. Considering the Golden Knights specifically discussed the importance of skating as a top priority, he must have passed the test for McPhee, McCrimmon, and the boys.

We’ve heard a lot about Hague since July 24th when he selected with the 3rd pick in the 2nd round of the draft, but this distinction was new.

I think Hague is going to be the Captain of the Vegas Golden Knights at some point in time. The way he talks, the way he commands the players around him, his stature. He was the OHL Scholastic Player of the Year last year. He is a really impressive young man. –Gary Lawless, VGK Insider on SinBin.vegas Podcast

In a profile on Sportsnet Hague described school as “more important than hockey” and it showed out winning the Bobby Smith Trophy for OHL Academic Player of the Year. Of the 12 players to win the award prior to Hague, five of them went on to be captains or assistants in the NHL, including Connor McDavid, Dustin Brown, Matt Duchene, Ryan Ellis, and Steven Stamkos.

He’s consistently described as well-spoken, mature, and conducts himself like a pro.

Apparently he’s got a real mean streak in him. I’ve watched him shoot the puck, he can really fire it. -Lawless

He proved that by going completely nuts on a guy in the OHL playoffs. It’s pretty gnarly, check it out. Hague was suspended following the late punch, but he clearly showed some leadership qualities as the biggest guy on the team sticking up for his teammates.

We’re still looking at least a year or two before Hague even makes his debut at T-Mobile Arena, but he’s clearly made an impression on the reporter inside the building.

Are we looking at Chris Pronger light? You sure hope so. -Lawless

We’ve also seen names like Derian Hatcher, Adam Foote, and Scott Stevens. High praise that’s gonna be tough to live up to, but I hope he lives up to it too. I hope so too.

**Lawless made these comments on the most recent SinBin.vegas Podcast. If you don’t listen to our podcast, I’m not sure I can still like you.**

SinBin.vegas Podcast #75: Gary Lawless

Golden Knights Insider and diehard CFL fan Gary Lawless stops by the studio to talk all things VGK. Hosted by Jason Pothier and Ken Boehlke.

  • Gary’s undying love for Canadian football.
  • Overall recap of assets gained from the Expansion Draft.
  • Biggest steal of the Expansion Draft.
  • The future of the Entry Draft picks.
  • Player most likely to surprise in the inaugural season.
  • Gary’s favorite restaurants in the Summerlin area.

And much more…

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Can The Golden Knights Be Blown Out Even With Fleury In Net?

During a recent Twitter war discussion about the Golden Knights’ 2017-18 roster, a comment was made stating something to the effect of “there won’t be many blowouts with Fleury between the pipes.” Immediately the skeptical writer portion of my brain fired off wondering, is that accurate? So here we are now.

It should come as no surprise that Marc-Andre Fleury has been one of hockey’s best goalies over the first 13 years of his career, but it should also not knock your socks off to hear that he’s not the player he once was and there’s a reason the Penguins were willing to part with a 2nd round pick in 2020 for the Golden Knights to select Fleury rather than Ian Cole, Bryan Rust, or anyone else they left unprotected.

From the 2010-2011 season to the 2015-16 season, Fleury’s goals against average (GAA) was 2.34. In 2016-17 it was 3.02. Over the same span, he recorded 27 shutouts in 343 starts. Last year, he had one.

SeasonGSGAASV%SV% Rank
2016-17343.02.90941st
2015-16582.29.92112th
2014-15642.32.92016th
2013-14642.37.91526th

It’s possible it was simply just a down year for a guy who was in a weird situation as the backup to a 23-year-old who stole his job and his 2nd Cup. He also started just 34 games, his lowest (by more than 20) in any non-shortened season since 2007-08 when he was 23-years-old himself.

There’s something to be said about rhythm, flow, and consistency for a goalie, and it’s something he’ll likely get a bit more of in Vegas, but last year was a significant decline for Fleury, and if he plays like that again, Calvin Pickard‘s start numbers are going to increase quickly.

Back to the blowouts thing. I like charts, so here’s another chart.

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Right Handed Defensemen Lacking On Roster Full Of Defensemen

Much has been made about the total number of defensemen under Vegas Golden Knights control and how it may affect trades, waivers, scratches, and more. But there’s an elephant in the room, and it’s time we point it out.

The Golden Knights have 14 defensemen under contract (including Nate Schmidt). One of them is Erik Brannstrom, who we expect to head back to Sweden rather than stay with in Vegas with the NHL club. Of the 13 who are staying in Vegas or Chicago, a whopping three shoot right handed.

Now, don’t go freaking out too much, teams have utilized defensive pairings of two left handers before, but the handedness (that a word?) of the players on the roster may be able to give us some hints on what may happen in the future.

Colin Miller, Deryk Engelland, and Chris Casto are the three right handed blueliners. Miller was likely to be among the top two pairings no matter what, but this basically confirms it. It’s Engelland and Casto that make things a bit more interesting.

We’ve always assumed Engelland would be either a third line defenseman or even a healthy scratch as his strongest talents lie in checking, fighting, and general badassery. However, being right handed may be his ticket to significant minutes at least early on in the season for the Golden Knights.

That brings us to Casto, a player initially expected to have a guaranteed ticket to Chicago. He’s spent the last three seasons in the AHL with the Providence Bruins including last year when he played in all 16 playoff games. An undrafted free agent signed by Boston in 2013, he’s yet to appear in an NHL game. He’ll be competing with the likes of Luca Sbisa, Jason Garrison, Clayton Stoner, Jon Merrill, and Griffin Reinhart, but the fact remains he’s got a “hand” up on the competition.

Finally, remember the name Matt Dumba? The 22-year-old budding superstar from  Minnesota the Golden Knights passed over for Alex Tuch and Erik Haula? Yeah, you guessed it, he’s right handed too. Whoops?

Camp is still about a month and a half out, and roster movement is likely before we reach October 6th, but the fact remains, one side of the boat is a bit heavier than the other, and it may be an issue down the stream.

Marc-Andre Fleury’s Day With The Stanley Cup

It’s a long standing tradition in the NHL, each player on the Stanley Cup willing team gets a day to do whatever he pleases with the world’s best trophy. Today, new Vegas Golden Knight Marc-Andre Fleury has his day with the Cup.

https://twitter.com/keeperofthecup/status/888828556192731136

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