On October 24th, 2017, eight games into the first season in franchise history, William Karlsson, Jonathan Marchessault, and Reilly Smith played their first game together as a line. From that moment on, they’ve been inseparable both on and off the ice.
I love playing with those guys. They are two great people and two great players. -Reilly Smith
The “Misfit Line” as they grew to become known through the years have suited up on a line together more than 300 times in the Golden Knights’ 439 games. On 52 different goals, the three have accounted for the goal and both assists. No other line has more than 20.
As a trio, they’ve become synonymous with Vegas hockey, and with all three under contract for Year 6, it would only make sense to continue.
Hopefully I’ll have the opportunity to play with them a lot this upcoming season. They elevate my game and I think I do that for them as well. We’re a good line and we’re tough to play against when we are all on the same page and playing quick. -Smith
However, there was one significant change this offseason that may throw a wrench in those plans. For new head coach Bruce Cassidy, the Misfit Line has never played a game, never scored a goal, or never even taken a shift together.
I haven’t seen any of it. I have seen the line together against us and I’ve seen them watching playoff hockey over the years, so I’m fairly confident putting them together that they’ll find their chemistry. But is it the best fit for the team? You don’t just put a line together because it’s good for them. It’s got to be what’s best for the team. -Bruce Cassidy
In Cassidy’s mind, there’s only one way to truly find out what’s best for the team.
I would suspect we’ll move them around. They know how to play with one another so what you’ll probably see is them spread out a little bit early on and see how that works and if it doesn’t work you always have something you can go back to. We’ll probably start camp looking at them with other people. That would be my guess. Don’t hold me to that though. -Cassidy
With the departures of Max Pacioretty, Evgenii Dadonov, and Mattias Janmark, the Golden Knights forward group looks a lot different now than it did last season. Players like Brett Howden, Nic Roy, William Carrier, and Keegan Kolesar are expected to be leaned on to take on more responsibility in the VGK lineup.
After a year in which the Golden Knights front office touted they were the deepest they’ve been in franchise history, this year they enter with the shallowest.
Cassidy is going to have to search for answers and it appears that means the end of the Misfits, at least for a little while.