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NHL Network Sweet On Two VGK Forwards

(Photo Credit: Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

On Wednesday, the NHL Network affectionally announced their appreciation for under-the-radar players across the league. While they’re well-loved in Las Vegas, the league’s television outlet highlighted two beloved Golden Knights forwards on Valentine’s Day.

Likely a favorite Valentine for most Golden Knights fans, Jonathan Marchessault is proving yet again how valuable he is to his team. The 2023 Conn Smythe winner leads Vegas in goals, offensive point shares, and total point shares and is third in shooting percentage. Through 53 games, Marchessault continues to be the Golden Knights’ most lethal shot and has found success on multiple juggled lines. At the age of 33, the unrestricted free agent is on pace for a career-high in goals, even strength goals, and points. His numbers indicate a bump in pay contract extension should be in the works.

Former NHL’er Dave Reid gushed on Wednesday over Marchessault’s team-leading statistics and his infectious emotions on and off the ice. There’s no doubt, the television analyst is an admirer of Mark Stone and his passion as well. Between the two, Vegas has no shortage of motivators in their lineup. It’s no surprise both are on pace for career years.

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Expansion Draft Not A Made For TV Event, No Matter How Badly You Want It To Be

For some reason almost every time media types, fans, and the like mention the Expansion Draft they tend to follow their statement up with a complaint that it’s not being aired live on television. Well, it’s time for me to explain why it’s not happening so you don’t make the same mistake.

First of all, the timeline allows for Las Vegas to submit their selections over a three day period. On June 17th, 2017 all 30 current teams must submit their list of either 9 or 11 (1G, 3D, 7F or 1G and 8 skaters) players they will protect from the Expansion Draft.¬†At that point, Las Vegas has 72 hours to comb over the names and pick one player from each of the existing franchises. In other words, the process isn’t going to happen in a nice 120 minute span with four 3 minute long commercial breaks per hour.

Next, Las Vegas is entering the league alone. Therefore, they are not selecting players against another team like previous expansion drafts in 1992, 1993, and 2000. Vegas is competing with the clock, not another expansion franchise.

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