With a new team comes new opportunity. Whether that means more goal scoring chances, greater opportunity, more ice time, or even simply a spot on an NHL roster, every player under Golden Knights control has a chance to take a major step forward statistically in their careers.
Projecting the future is impossible, no matter what our article explaining PDO says. So, all we can really go off is what we've seen from players in the past. Here's a look at the highest goal, assist, and point total each Golden Knight has had in their career.
Add them all up, that's 243 goals, which would have been good for 10th in the NHL last season. And that's not even counting Vadim Shipachev! Screw "Playoffs in 3, Cup in 6" this team's going to the playoffs this year!
Seriously though, when I set out to do this article, I expected to find much worse. Of course, James Neal isn't scoring 40 goals, David Perron's not getting 28, and Jason Garrison definitely isn't netting 16. But, of the 22 players listed, seven haven't played at least 70 games in a season, and Vadim Shipachev, Alex Tuch, Tomas Nosek, or Keegan Kolesar aren't even on the list. Replacing the regression from Neal, Perron, and Garrison isn't impossible with all the youth and unknowns on the roster.
It'll take a lot to get the same numbers from Marchessault, Smith, and Eakin, but it's not completely out of the question with the added time on ice and responsibility they should get on a new roster.
Plus, there should be improvements from Karlsson, Haula, Pulkkinen, Leipsic and even defensemen like Miller and Schmidt.
This team probably isn't going to be a top 10 scoring team in the NHL, they may not even be in the top 20, but they certainly appear to have more scoring capabilities than the 166 goals Colorado scored a year ago, or even the 182 or 183 the Canucks and Devils put up. The Golden Knights should reasonably be around 200, and that's without expecting anything spectacular from Shippy.
Now the question is, can they keep the puck out of the net at a less than three goals per game clip? I have a feeling I know the answer to that question, but hey, I thought I knew the answer to this one too.