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Draft Pick Swap Between New York And Chicago Oddly Involves Vegas

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On May 5th the Golden Knights reign as Stanley Cup champions officially came to an end. With the first round exit, and the lackluster regular season performance that saw them as the 8-seed in the playoffs, Vegas locked in the 19th overall pick in this year’s NHL Draft.

It’s set to be one of the most premium picks in the history of the franchise. In 2017, the first draft, they selected at #6 (Cody Glass), #13 (Nick Suzuki), and #15 (Erik Brannstrom). Since, just once have the Golden Knights made a selection prior to #29, when in 2019 they picked Peyton Krebs at #17.

Weirdly, there’s been some movement around the Golden Knights’ 19th overall pick. The New York Islanders held the 18th pick and the Chicago Blackhawks (via Tampa) held #20. On May 25th, 20 days after Vegas secured #19, the two teams swapped selections.

Chicago got #18 and #50 in exchange for #20, #54, and #61. That’s right, Chicago spent a 2nd round pick in order to jump over Vegas. The question is, why?

The first idea would be that they covet a player they also expect the Golden Knights to be keen on. If they are aware Vegas likes a certain player, they can make the move now so their planning can be a little more concrete with the pick in front of VGK as opposed to behind them.

There’s also been some suggestion that the Blackhawks may be setting themselves up to make another, even bigger, move getting them even further up the draft board.

Either way, someone other than the Islanders is going to make the pick before the Golden Knights at The Sphere on June 28th.

Vegas is intrinsically linked to that 18th pick now, the one right before their own. Elias Pettersson, Martin Necas, Alex Newhook, and Ridly Grieg are currently part of the group of NHL standouts who were selected one pick before the Golden Knights. There will soon be another one, and there’s a strong chance he’s a guy Vegas was interested in.


Recap: The Golden Knights were trying to continue their winning ways with a victory over the Chicago Blackhawks. Both teams missed their chances in the opening period resulting in a scoreless tie going into the first intermission.

Late in the second period Vegas defenseman Brayden McNabb recorded his fourth goal of the season. The reigning champions carried a 1-0 lead into the break.

Michael Amadio doubled the Golden Knights lead with a highlight individual play. First Amadio pickpocketed a Blackhawk and followed it up by roofing a puck into in the net. Chicago broke up Vegas’ shutout with a late game goal but the Golden Knights sealed it with an empty netter shortly after.

The Golden Knights record improves to 45-28-8 defeating the Blackhawks 3-1. Vegas will finish off the regular season on Thursday night against the Anaheim Ducks. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: It wasn’t the most exciting game in the history of the NHL but eventually the Golden Knights did enough to get the job done against a miserable team. VGK controlled the game territorially most of the night and converted on a few of their many great chances. (Analysis by Ken)

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Recap: The undefeated Golden Knights hosted the Chicago Blackhawks for their annual Nevada Day matinee. Vegas jumped on the puck immediately, scoring on their first two shots of the contest. First Pavel Dorofeyev tipped-in his first goal of the season and minutes later William Karlsson deflected Vegas’ second score in the opening four minutes. The Blackhawks fought back and scored two straight to even the score before the first intermission.

Tied 2-2 the Golden Knights drew an early penalty in the middle frame but came up short. Both clubs had chances in the period, but neither could snap the tie.

The visiting team took the lead 1:11 in the final period. Late in the frame the Golden Knights carried the puck the distance of the ice to set up Shea Theodore for the game-tying goal. In overtime the Golden Knights were forced to kill off a penalty which Chicago capitalized on. The Blackhawks break the Golden Knights unbeaten streak 4-3 in overtime.

Golden Knights record drops to 7-0-1 falling to the Blackhawks 4-3 on Nevada Day. Vegas will take their point streak into LA tomorrow. Puck drop against the Kings is scheduled for 7:30 PM.(Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Vegas came out on for to start the game but gave it all back in the 1st period. They played well enough to win the game but couldn’t hit the net and turned the puck over too much in the 3rd. (Analysis by Ken)

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Recap: The Stanley Cup champions traveled to Chicago trying to stay unblemished in the young season. The Blackhawks jumped on the board with an early power play goal by 1st overall pick Connor Bedard. Minutes later William Karlsson evened the score with a PP goal of his own.

Jonathan Marchessault snapped the tie 7:30 into the middle frame by scoring his third goal of the season. 80 seconds later the Blackhawks scored the equalizer. After 40 minutes in Chicago, the game was locked in a 2-2 tie.

Vegas regained their lead 0:13 seconds into the final period from Nic Roy. The depth center picked up his third of the season to give the reigning champs a 3-2 advantage. Later Mark Stone doubled VGK’s lead, scoring his first goal of 2022-23. Paul Cotter sealed the game with a late game power play goal.

The Golden Knights’ record improves to (6-0-0) defeating the Blackhawks 5-3 in Chicago. Vegas will head back home for a Tuesday night matchup against the Philadelphia Flyers. Puck drop is scheduled for 8PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: Vegas didn’t quite look like themselves for the first 40 minutes of the game. Far too many turnovers, especially in the defensive zone plagued VGK early but Adin Hill kept them in the game. In the 3rd, the champs showed up and blew the Blackhawks away. (Analysis by Ken)

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VGK Fans Eyeing Home Ice Gentlemen’s Sweep

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After four Stanley Cup Finals games, the current situation couldn’t have set up any better for Vegas Golden Knights fans. Their favorite hockey team is 60 minutes away from hoisting the city’s first Stanley Cup trophy. Along with the Las Vegas Aces, the Golden Knights have a chance on Tuesday to deliver the second professional sports championship in city and state history.

Funny enough, Stanley Cup champions tend to end a series on the road. The Golden Knights can buck that trend a win in Game 5. Since 2000, 10 teams were presented the 124-year-old trophy on home ice, and only three over the past 10 seasons. That rare occurrence can happen for a fourth time in front of passionate home fans on Tuesday.

SCF Winning Team – Home/Road Clinching Game Since 2013

  • 2022: COL – Road
  • 2021: TB – Home
  • 2020: TB – Neutral
  • 2019: STL – Road
  • 2018: WAS – Road
  • 2017: PIT – Road
  • 2016: PIT – Road
  • 2015: CHI – Home
  • 2014: LA – Home
  • 2013: CHI – Road

Tampa Bay snapped the five-year road stretch in 2021 when they defeated the visiting Montreal Canadiens in five games. The Golden Knights could match the Lightning’s approach tomorrow night from T-Mobile Arena.

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Has Kane Shown Enough Flash For Vegas To Strike A Deal With Chicago?

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Last night the Golden Knights lost a frustrating game in shootout against Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks. Kane attempted to end the game in overtime but his last-second slap shot couldn’t beat the buzzer and the game was decided in a SO.

While the goal didn’t count, Kane was highly noticeable to the thousand of fans, dozens of players, and about a handful of general managers. Most likely including the VGK’s front office.

I think Vegas is gearing up to do something. I think they’re looking at moves big and small. I think they’ve looked at the Ivan Barbashev. I think they’ve looked at the possibility of Patrick Kane. I have no doubt they’ve looked at the possibility of Timo Meier. –Elliotte Friedman on 32 Thoughts Podcast

On Sunday the former Conn Smyth trophy winner looked like his old self again. Kane reminded the hockey world that he’s still threatening by recording a natural hat trick against Ottawa. His flash, shot, and skill were on full display as they were last night to a lesser extent against the Golden Knights. Although Kane came up empty with time expiring he still created several quality scoring chances.

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Recap: The Golden Knights traveled to Chicago to try and extend their winning streak to six games. Vegas jumped out early on Keegan Kolesar’s 6th goal of the season. Later in the period, the Blackhawks evened the score at 1-1. 

Jack Eichel scored the go-ahead goal for Vegas midway through the 2nd period taking a 2-1 lead into the second intermission.

Chicago had a few breakaways in the final period but goaltender Laurent Brossoit fended off the Blackhawks’ attempts. In the waning minutes of the game, Alex Pietrangelo was called for a delay of game which Chicago took advantage of. The Blackhawks tied the game 2-2 to force overtime. Chicago ended the game in a shootout 3-2. 

The Golden Knights’ record drops to 34-18-5 losing to the Blackhawks 3-2 in shootout. Vegas will head back home for a two-game set against the Calgary Flames and Dallas Stars beginning on Thursday. Puck drop against Calgary is scheduled for 6 PM. (Recap by Jason)

Analysis: The Golden Knights fell right into the trap that was a one-game trip to Chicago during a win streak. They were sloppy all night and couldn’t convert on the chances they were able to generate. Brossoit almost willed them to the win but a late penalty doomed them. Tough loss but even getting a point playing poorly is fine.(Analysis by Ken)

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