Here at SinBin.vegas we are well aware that the Golden Knights aren’t going to be hoisting the Stanley Cup in 2018. We are even pretty sure they aren’t going to the playoffs. But because we don’t always want to be the bearers of bad news, we figured we would let someone else do it today.
The Hockey News’ Sam McCaig wrote an article predicting the 15 teams that won’t make the playoffs in 2017-18. Not surprisingly, the Golden Knights were in this group, but McCaig was even willing to go one step further.
Here are the 15 teams that are (much) more likely to win the draft lottery than the league title:
1. Vegas Golden Knights
The very first team out of the playoff picture, and the first team (much) more likely to win the lottery than the Cup.
Vegas loves a long shot, but the expansion Golden Knights will be wandering around the desert for at least a few years before they can contemplate the possibility of the post-season. -Sam McCaig, The Hockey News
Because we are a hybrid news/fan/bad jokes site, we’re obligated to call this is a DESPICABLE piece of literature and can’t believe someone would even begin to say anything other than “best expansion team ever.” However…
Nothing McCaig said is wrong, or even really all that close to being wrong. In fact, he’s kind of, dare I say… right. And actually, there’s a lot more chin scratching stuff in the articles trying to apologize for the Golden Knights than the ones saying it like it is. Compare this…
Their No. 1 center (Vadim Shipachyov) is a 30-year-old who has never played in the NHL, their next-best forwards are Jonathan Marchessault, James Neal and David Perron , and then it falls off pretty quickly after that. -McCaig
Can they be the best expansion team ever? It’s quite possible. The NHL added nine franchises between 1991 and 2001, and no team did better than the Florida Panthers, who went 33-34-17 and racked up an expansion team-record 83 points in the 1993-94 season. -Associated Press
Lack of NHL experience, lack of offensive firepower/talent, questioning Vadim Shipachyov’s transition, and pointing out the limited amount of point-producers after Marchessault, Neal and Perron. All that makes a lot more sense than “the Panthers were pretty good that one time.”
I know it’s a tough pill to swallow sometimes, and there’s no shame in reading this and wanting to throw a brick through Ken’s window. (It’s clearly his fault, not mine) But failing to make the postseason doesn’t mean a step in the wrong direction towards the growth of the Golden Knights.
Playoffs in three, Cup in six. Playoffs in three, Cup in six.
Just keep saying that, and hold your anger for better things, like #CoxBlocked.