In his latest article for Vegas Golden Knights blog The Sin Bin, blogger Ken Boehlke takes a deep dive on the team’s inaugural offseason and compares the moves made by Vegas GM George McPhee to that of a smart financial investor.
According toe Boehlke, “…the best way to build wealth is to diversify your portfolio. With money, that means a 401k, IRA, stocks, bonds, and whatever else that will make money over time. The same rings true in the world of sports, especially when we are talking about a team built from scratch.”
It’s an interesting way of looking at things and indeed McPhee did diversify his assets at the NHL Expansion Draft, NHL Entry Draft and on the free-agent market this offseason.
While the Golden Knights are lacking serious top-end talent, their depth is diversified throughout the lineup with some solid additions in goal, on defense and up front. In goal, veteran Marc-Andre Fleury will carry the load during the team’s inaugural season. On defense, Jason Garrison, Luca Sbisa, Shea Theodore, Nate Schmidt, Colin Miller and Brayden McNabb comprise at least a respectable defense. First round draft picks Cody Glass, Nick Suzuki and Erik Brannstrom could have an immediate impact. Also, don’t count out the potentially rewarding additions of forwards like Jonathan Marchessault, James Neal, David Perron and Vadim Shipachev.
If diversity of talent is what McPhee was going for in constructing the Golden Knights’ roster, it’s hard to argue that he hasn’t done exactly that. The question is, are they good enough? Time will tell, but outside of lacking any true game-breaking talent, there are no apparent holes on the NHL’s newest team.