The Vegas Golden Knights reached the Stanley Cup Finals in their first NHL season in 2017-18. They lost to the Washington Capitals in five games, but quickly determined they wanted to win the Stanley Cup as quickly as possible.
Since choosing their inaugural team in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft, they have made several changes to the roster, including adding big-ticket players to the center. Jack Eichel and defense personnel alex pietrangelo, The Golden Knights enter their sixth season with their third coach in Bruce Cassidy, who led the Boston Bruins to the 2019 Stanley Cup Finals.
The Seattle Kraken finished last in the eight-team Pacific Division in their first NHL season in 2021–22 and are taking a more patient approach to becoming a contender for the Cup.
they’re trying to build through the draft Matty Beniers 2nd pick in the 2021 NHL Draft and Shane Wright 4 in the 2022 NHL Draft. This off-season he signed a two-time Stanley Cup winner. Andre BurakovskyBringing a proven winner to coach Dave Huckstole’s team.
But which of the two most recent NHL expansion teams will see their Stanley Cup dreams come true first?
That’s the question facing NHL.com Staff Writer Tracy Myers and Editor-in-Chief Bill Price in this installment of State Your Case.
worth: There is a growing sentiment around NHL circles that the Golden Knights Stanley Cup window has closed, but I’m not buying it. Sure, they could have struggled to make the playoffs this season after missing out on last season, but let’s not forget that this is Las Vegas. This is a city that loves winners and the owner Bill Foley knows. He won’t be satisfied until the parade takes place on Las Vegas Boulevard. So although they may not win it this season after coming close in their first few seasons, the idea that the Kraken might win the Cup before the Golden Knights is something that Foley is in charge of until Vegas.
Myers: Sure, the Kraken had a rough opening season, but the truth is that the first season goes a long way for every expansion team. This only paled in comparison to the anomaly of the first season’s Golden Knights which included a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals. But back to the Kraken: The NHL season is a marathon, not a race, and is therefore producing a cup contender. Further prospects such as Matty Beniers and Shane Wright will start making their mark on this team, probably early this season. It may take a few years, but I believe that even in a slow and steady state, Kraken will hoist that cup before the Golden Knights.
worth: There’s no question that Seattle is building its team the right way, or should I say, the right way. 4 pick in the 2022 draft could be the biggest gift to the city of Seattle since Eddie Vedder moved there from California as a rising singer. And listen, by the time that argument settles down, we’ll both be enjoying an early bird special somewhere in Florida’s retirement community. That being said, the Golden Knights, despite being a hit over the past few seasons, are pretty close to a cup, and I think Cassidy is one of the lowest rated coaches in the NHL and would work wonders with Eichel and mark stone on the bar. And again, the foley won’t rest until the cup is theirs.
Myers: No argument on the Cassidy effect. He is a legendary coach who led the Boston Bruins to the Stanley Cup in 2019, when they lost to the St. Louis Blues in seven matches. Speaking of cups, Kraken has few players who are familiar with that big, shiny trophy. ahead ie gourde Won it in 2020 and 2021 with the Tampa Bay Lightning, defenseman Vince Dunn With the Blues and Goalkeepers in 2019 Philippe Grubauer With the Washington Capitals in 2018. This off-season he acquired Burakovsky, who won the Cup with the Capitals in 2018 and the Cup with the Colorado Avalanche this year. Past Cup winners will help the youth group come together and show them what they need to do to reach the summit. Yeah, I agree with Bill: it probably won’t be known for a few seasons, but I’m putting my money on Kraken. No offense, Vegas.