Can the Vegas Golden Knights win the Stanley Cup?
That’s a reach. -Pierre McGuire, TSN
McGuire has been a believer in Vegas since their first game. He’s consistently praised The Creator and the Golden Knights management for quickly building a winning environment, but now he fears the end is soon.
I don’t think they can win the Cup but I think they can get to the Western Conference Final. -McGuire
As more teams get eliminated it becomes harder and harder for analysts to pick Vegas to advance. It’s not a knock from McGuire because he still expects them to make the conference final.
Boy they’re good. One of the reasons why they’re so good, the improved play, and I can’t believe I’m saying this… the improved play of Marc-Andre Fleury. -McGuire
And it’s not just McGuire. Former goalie Jamie McLennan has questions about Vegas moving forward as well. Noodles still isn’t sure if the Golden Knights have a game breaker.
They don’t have a stand-alone star. Marc-Andre Fleury, I guess would be that guy… I don’t see anybody else. -Jamie McLennan, TSN
I can feel the frustration from Golden Knights fans reading McLennan’s concerns. Of course the Golden Knights have an X-factor, and probably more than one.
Their weakness is, do they have game breakers? Do they have a guy who can break the game wide open? It’s been William Karlsson, it’s been Marchessault, it’s been James Neal. -McLennan
I’m pretty sure Noodles answered his own question. Neal has 26 postseason goals, including five game-winners. Marchessault has 12 game-deciding goals over the past two seasons and has 17 SOG this postseason. And Karlsson, do I really need to go over his season resume? Any of the three are capable of being a game breaker for Vegas.
There is so much time to kill before the next series, analysts, reporters, and schmucks like us will say some ridiculous stuff. Give loudmouth hockey guys enough time and they’ll say something like this…
“I still struggle with the fact that they are where they are, and what that says about the league… I’m not sure that says anything complimentary about the National Hockey League that you can throw together a team this fast.”
-Damien Cox, Sportsnet on VGK hosting playoff series.
— Jason R. Pothier (@JRPothier) April 12, 2018
Keep doubting people, it seems have been working just fine.