Everyone was so very wrong about the Vegas Golden Knights

Everyone was so very wrong about the Vegas Golden Knights

Anger - This is ridiculous. For instance, Vegas was able to poach top-4 defenseman Shea Theodore from Anaheim for nothing since the Ducks were reportedly scared that they would lose (current Devil) Sami Vatanen or Josh Manson instead. His shooting percentage is up past 20% and people think they'll keep winning? The feeling you might be witnessing something you tell your kids or your kids' kids about one day.

Bargaining - Alright, so they are still leading the Pacific big deal.

The biggest issue for Seattle is that it wasn't the expansion draft rules that gave the Golden Knights such a strong team, but a handful of NHL GMs that misjudged their own talent. It will be 30 years next year since the Caps advanced to the Canadian junior A hockey championship, and maybe that anniversary will be good luck for Cameron with his second Capitals' team. That is a huge edge for a team at this time of the year and I will look for the Golden Knights to take full advantage.

Whether it's Nashville or Winnipeg, the pressure will be on the home team early in the Western Conference Finals.

Asked about grabbing Jets centre Paul Stastny at the trade deadline, Cheveldayoff said he put his due diligence in and hasn't been surprised with how well it turned out. Now the gamesmanship is amped up a little more and will Maurice play with it?

The Jets, meanwhile, are the more talented and deeper team.

"Figuring out a way to enjoy it, and I'm not talking casually enjoying it, but bringing that enjoyment into the intensity of your game, is what I thought we did very well in Game 7".

They established themselves among the NHL's best in the regular season by embracing an aggressive game built on speed.

Vegas is used to rolling four lines and three pairs of defensemen.

I don't want to pretend that I thought this would happen all along.

The Golden Knights may have the advantage of rested legs, but they also will catch a risky Jets team that could still be fueled by momentum from Thursday's win.

The Knights swept the Los Angeles Kings and dispatched the San Jose Sharks in six games to book their ticket to the third round, where they will hope the spectacular play of goalie Marc-Andre Fleury will help quiet the speedy Jets. There are no more surprises.

A lot of hockey fans are very disappointed, and they should be, that the NHL head office didn't penalize Brad Marchand for all his Neanderthal antics on the ice, namely the licking of an opposition player's face.

All signs point to Seattle as getting the next NHL expansion franchise, and given the Knights' success don't be surprised if the rest of the league makes it harder for Seattle to duplicate what the Knights did. Now, led by the emergence of now-Vezina Trophy candidate Connor Hellebuyck, the Jets finally got the goaltending they needed to back up their high powered offense and became world beaters in no time.

Next up for Fleury and Vegas will be the Western Conference Final against either Winnipeg or Nashville.

The Jets begin its series against the Vegas Golden Knights with home games on Saturday and Monday, followed by away games on Wednesday and Friday. Fleury has had a highlight reel save in nearly every game at this point. After multiple close games decided by a bounce or two, the Jets take a Game 7 on home ice to advance to their first Stanley Cup Finals.

"Playoffs in three, make a run for the Stanley Cup in five, and win the Stanley Cup in six", part-owner Foley said back then at the opening of the Knights' new practice facility.

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