Somehow, someway, the Vegas Golden Knights are in the Stanley Cup final. They have a 12-3 record in the playoffs, serving as an exclamation point on the 51-24-7 mark they set in the season.
Nobody (not even Petbugs), saw this coming. Not a damn soul. Even the Vegas Golden Knights thought they were two or three seasons off from the post-season, and four-to-five from taking a real run at the ultimate prize.
There’s been a lot of post-hoc rationalizing in all corners of the hockey world, regardless. A lot of it serves as useless navel-gazing. Every now and then, though, you find a couple of pieces that look to explore underlying reasons for the Knights success with honest, thorough analysis to see what everyone might’ve missed. This piece from CanucksArmy’s Ryan Biech does a great job of that; so too does this one by The Athletic Vancouver’s Jason Brough.
So, you’re not going to impress anyone by saying you saw this coming. You’ll just look like a giant ass. Instead, what do you think is a useful lesson that one might learn from then, with the benefit of hindsight. What would you do, if given the opportunity to pick a lesson from the success of the Golden Knights inaugural season?
Last time I did this I asked: Where does Baertschi fit with the Canucks? Is he somebody who’s going to be around with the team when they’re ready to compete? Has he done anything to prove he’s worth more than a one- or two-year contract? Is he better off being used as a trade chip?
West Coast Hockey Fan:
Edmonton wants to win now… Edmonton needs a winger … Edmonton needs a right d… Edmonton needs cap space… Edmonton makes great trades (ex. Hall and Eberle)…
hmm Vancouver has a winger (Baertschi)… Vancouver has a right d (Tanev)… Vancouver has cap space and could retain salary…. Vancouver should know they are not going to win soon…
What am I missing?