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Forward Depth Has Become An Issue

(Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

The Golden Knights forward lineup is about as potent as any team in the NHL. They have two bonafide first lines, a third line that includes another top-six quality player, and a fourth line that should continue to get the job done.

No matter how Gerard Gallant opts to run out his 12 forwards, they’re going to be good. After that first 12 though, it gets thin, and quickly.

A lot can change between now and October 2nd, but as it stands, the most likely forwards to be in the lineup against the Sharks are as follows.


William Karlsson
Paul Stastny
Cody Eakin
Tomas Nosek


Reilly Smith
Jonathan Marchessault
Mark Stone
Max Pacioretty
Alex Tuch
Brandon Pirri
William Carrier
Ryan Reaves

That leaves this group as the 2019-20 reserves.

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Golden Knights Getting Scoring From More Than Just The Top Six

There are many reasons for the Golden Knights offensive success. Let’s start with the number of Vegas players having career years. Secondly, younger players are quickly blossoming with more ice time and room to grow. Lastly, the Golden Knights are getting help from their offensive depth.

Look at that photo. That’s depth scoring at its finest. (Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

This season, Vegas has scored 114 goals. They’re tied for the fifth best total in the league. Even more impressive is VGK’s (3.45) goals per game, which is ranked third behind Tampa (3.76) and the New York Islanders (3.51).

Gerard Gallant is blessed to have the depth scoring his team has. Six Golden Knights have more than 20 points. Only nine other NHL teams can claim that.

NHL Teams with six or more Players with 20+ points:

Tampa: 9 Players
Nashville: 8 Players
NY Rangers: 7 Players
Vegas: 6 Players
Los Angeles: 6 Players
Pittsburgh: 6 Players
NY Islanders: 6 Players
St. Louis: 6 Players
Toronto: 6 Players

To go even deeper, the Golden Knights have 14 players with 10+ Points. Only Winnipeg (15 Players), Chicago, Columbus, and the New York Rangers have depth scoring like Vegas.

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