Over the course of the last month, the NHL has been releasing lists of the top players in the game. They broke it down into four position groups and ranked the best players in each; 20 at center, wing, and defense and 10 goalies. (See each list below)
The Golden Knights were represented in three lists by five players including Robin Lehner (G8), Mark Stone (W10), Max Pacioretty (W15), Shea Theodore (D14), and newcomer Alex Pietrangelo (D4).
Vegas was also the only team in the NHL to have multiple players listed at more than one position with a pair of wings and defensemen.
To take a look at exactly how the Golden Knights stacked up against the rest of the league, I created the “Star-Power Rankings” using the NHL’s lists. The best player in each position group earned 20 points, 2nd place got 19, and so on. Goalies only had 10 players listed so they were scored 20, 18, 16, etc.
Here are the rankings.
Boston and Tampa Bay dominated the rankings as the only teams with a player in every category. Those two, along with Winnipeg join Vegas as the only teams with five different players listed.
The Pacific Division is fairly sad on the list coming in with total rankings of 47 (VGK), 38 (EDM), 19 (VAN), 17 (CGY), 11 (SJS), 8 (ARI), 7 (LAK), and 0 (ANA). Thus, Vegas has more Star-Power than Anaheim, Arizona, LA, San Jose, and Vancouver combined!
All in all, the front office in Vegas has made a conscious effort to acquire superstars since the Expansion Draft. In three offseasons, they’ve succeeded in a big way adding four that rank in the top 20 in their position.
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