Vegas Golden Knights 2024 Stanley Cup Odds
When Bill Foley bought the Vegas Golden Knights expansion franchise, he said his team would win the Stanley Cup within six years. Foley proved a prophet when the VGK hoisted Lord Stanley’s chalice on Vegas ice last June. Vegas is the most successful expansion team in North American major pro sports history. In the 2023 NHL Draft.
Expectations at the draft were low for the Stanley Cup champions, but the Golden Knights still came away with some intriguing prospects. David Edstrom, who Vegas selected 32nd overall, was one of the biggest climbers in the draft. He was almost overlooked early in the season and launched himself to become a first-round pick. His trajectory continues up, and Vegas has time to be patient. Vegas also took a solid prospect in Mathieu Cataford in Round 3, and Golden Knights fans should watch sixth-round sleeper pick Tuomas Uronen.
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The 2022-23 Vegas Golden Knights were 51-22-9 straight up and 35-41 over/under the total. Also, Vegas was 1st in the Pacific Division playoff standings. Vegas was two points ahead of the Edmonton Oilers in the Pacific Division race. Vegas had NHL rankings of 14th for goals scored and 18th for power play efficiency. In comparison on defense, the Golden Knights had NHL rankings of 11th for goals against and 19th for penalty killing.
First among Vegas scorers was Jack Eichel with 27 goals, 39 assists, 66 points, and a +26. Goaltender Adin Hill had a .914 save percentage and 2.49 goals against average. His record was 16-7-1 with 0 shutouts.
Whatever questions about whether it would work out with head coach Bruce Cassidy and the Golden Knights were crushed with the former Bruins coach leading the club to the first Stanley Cup in their six-year history. Cassidy and his staff made the Golden Knights a team that found success with all four lines, all three defensive pairings, and a platoon of goalies.
Each win that brought the Golden Knights closer to a Stanley Cup also came with the discussion about what they would do with Ivan Barbashev and Adin Hill. They found a solution, which involved trading Smith to create the cap space needed to sign Barbashev before they eventually signed Hill.
Those cap constrictions are why the Golden Knights were not active in free agency, why they had to move on from certain players, and why creating even more space is paramount to signing restricted free agent Brett Howden. Depth was at the heart of that Cup run. It's what makes being able to tap into what they have with players such as Paul Cotter or those in the AHL rather important to their title defense.
Season-by-Season Record (Last 5)
||Stanley Cup Champions, 4–1 (Panthers)
||Did not qualify
||Lost in Stanley Cup Semifinals, 2–4 (Canadiens)
||Lost in Conference Finals, 1–4 (Stars)
||Lost in First Round, 3–4 (Sharks)
Vegas Golden Knights History
Born in 2017 as an expansion team, the Vegas Golden Knights immediately made history by making it to the 2018 Stanley Cup Final. No first-year expansion team in North American major league history had ever accomplished such a feat since the 1968 St. Louis Blues. And the Blues had the advantage of playing in a division comprised of fellow expansion teams.
As the first major league sports franchise in Las Vegas, the Golden Knights faced a unique immediate challenge. Las Vegas was shattered by the Mandalay Bay mass shooting at an outdoor concert a few days before their first-ever game. The organization dove into community outreach to form an immediate bond.
The Golden Knights have sold out almost every game they have ever played at T-Mobile Arena. Visiting teams and media members rave about the incredible enthusiasm and atmosphere at Vegas home games.
Vegas does everything in a first-class manner. Its broadcasting team is of network-level quality. Its team on the ice is a perennial Stanley Cup contender. Its management is openly doing everything in its power to win the Stanley Cup. Any other sport would be fortunate to have such a great expansion franchise.
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