The Vegas Golden Knights begin their inaugural NHL season in October and there’s really no telling how things are going to go for the league’s 31st franchise. At the very least, the infusion of new blood into the league for the first time since 2000 should be exciting, even if it takes a bit of time for the Golden Knights to become truly competitive.
That being said, the crew here at The Comeback are still pretty excited for the Golden Knights to get things started. We gathered and came up with our top seven reasons why we’re eager to watch some Golden Knights hockey.
It’s something new for the NHL
Taylor Nigrelli: I’m excited for Vegas because it will break the monotony of the past few years, if nothing else. The league hasn’t expanded in almost two decades and the only real change in that time has been a franchise no one cared about moving to a place that already hosted a team. It’s good to have a new city and fan base to experience, even if they won’t be good right away.
They’re a blank slate
Sam Blazer: I am excited to see where they go with it all. The blank slate is a fun and exciting thought. As a Blue Jackets fan, I was too young to remember a lot of the team building portion. (That, or I repressed it all.)
David Rogers: The Golden Knights don’t carry any expectations into their first season. They don’t have a history, they don’t have any failures or successes and they don’t have any trends we can try to draw conclusions from. We love to draw conclusions on teams based on their previous season, but what do you do when the team doesn’t have a previous season? You sit back and enjoy.
The roster is super random
David Rogers: If you don’t remember any of the NHL’s previous expansion drafts, the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft was probably a real treat to witness. The Golden Knights assembled a roster of players from all across the league, producing a bizarre, yet fascinating hodgepodge of talent. There’s no telling how this group will perform together with most of the pieces having no previous experience with one another.
It’s a non-traditional market
Sam Blazer: Doing this in a non-traditional market is an even more exciting thought because risk isn’t always in the NHL’s wheelhouse. An outside-the-norm decision is a commendable move. The team could be bad for the first three years, but the excitement for the team is going to live on for much, much longer.
John Coppinger: There are so many obvious reasons to be excited about the Vegas Golden Knights. There hasn’t been a new team in a while, and it’s always fun to see how a group of players from all different teams mesh. Plus, if you’re into seeing your team on the road once a year for a special trip, Vegas is a great excuse to see your team on the road and I think road fans are going to make up a lot of the gate in the next five years.
Unique in-game entertainment
David Rogers: You expect the unexpected when you place a hockey team in Vegas. The Golden Knights have already delivered, teaming up with Cirque du Soleil for their in-game entertainment. That’s incredible and I can’t wait to see what else they have in store.
31 teams now, 32 teams later
John Coppinger: I’m excited for Vegas as an NHL team for a strange reason. Vegas makes 31 teams and that means eventually there are going to be 32. And I’m excited as much for who the next NHL city is going to be almost as much as I’m excited to see a hockey team in Vegas.
Who will it be? Seattle? Quebec City? Hamilton? Houston? I know it’s kind of like getting excited about a presidential election just as soon as the last one ended, but I’m excited to speculate on who number 32 will be.