Stone Curing The Knights Inconsistent Woes?

03/03/2019

It was starting to look like everything was going wrong for the Golden Knights, that is up until the trade deadline where Vegas made a strong push for right wing of Ottawa, Mark Stone. The Golden Knights were hitting a really rough patch in the season losing six of their last seven games before the trade took place. Their offensive keys were inconsistent and were starting to seem unreliable, the defense had quality scoring moments but it seemed as though they forgot how to defend completely with the team being outscored 28-18 in those same seven games. 

Trading within the hour of the deadline, Vegas traded away defenseman Erik Brannstrom, forward Oscar Lindberg, and a 2020 2nd round pick. Basically pocket change with the draft pick being the most worth while and maybe Lindberg but more often than not he does nothing for team impact or outcome. Vegas 100% has won this trade so far getting a player with more points this season than games played which none of the other Vegas players have been able to do this deep in season.

 Mark Stone on the stat sheet hasn't done very much since playing for his new team with just one assist and a plus/minus of four. But the Knights are back to their winning ways being at an undefeated 4-0 and allowing one goal or less in three of those games since the trade. Nothing much else has changed for Vegas besides Stone who has done very little, but a trade like this gives the Golden Knights something to hope for, and that hopeful mentality is something dangerous in Vegas for some odd reason. If their spirits stick then this team will once again be a big problem come playoff time.

Isaac Linglebach