(Editor’s note: In conjunction with Hockey Buzz.com’s NHL’s all-time computer tournament, Fungo.com is selecting each franchise All-time best team. The Montreal Canadiens and Vegas Golden Knights are playing in round one. Here is the Golden Knights’ team:)
With a history that includes only two NHL season, the Vegas Golden Knights have a very limited number of candidates for their all-time franchise team. But their talent level is higher than you would expect for a two-year old team:
Max Pacioretty: Scored 22 goals for the Golden Knights in 2018-19 but has scored 30 or more five times. Owns a booming shot.
Paul Stastny: More of a playmaker than a goal scorer. Also known as a quality defensive player and faceoff artist.
Mark Stone: Considered one of the game’s best all-around players. Gifted goal scorer and strong defensive player.
Jonathan Marchessault: Registered 52 goals and 82 assists in his first two seasons with the Golden Knights. One of George McPhee’s best expansion draft picks.
William Karlsson: Set the Golden Knights’ season record of 43 goals in the team’s first season.
Reilly Smith: With 41 goals in his first two seasons in Las Vegas, Smith has established himself as a vital performer for the Golden Knights.
James Neal: The 6-3 power left winger scored 20 or more goals 10 consecutive seasons before having the streak stopped last season.
Cody Eakin: In 2018-19, Eakin produced a career-best 22 goals. He’s a pro’s pro, knows how to make the most of his ability.
David Perron: The proven scorer played in back-to-back Stanley Cup Final. He played with the Golden Knights in 2018 and the St. Louis Blues in 2019.
Cody Glass: He is only a rookie, but some scouts view him as a young Jonathan Toews.
Erik Haula: Scored 29 goals in 2018-18. He’s a versatile forward who can play all three forward positions.
Alex Tuch: At 6-2, 222 pounds, Tuch is a big-bodied player capable of scoring 20 to 30 goals per season. He netted 20 in 2018-19, his first full season in the NHL.
No. 1 Nate Schmidt: In today’s NHL, you need a skating defenseman like Schmidt who can contribute offensively and defend against elite scorers:
No. 2 Shea Theodore: The only true offensive defenseman the organization boasts.
No. 3 Brayden McNabb: He’s 6-4, highly competitive, conservative playing style, a team player
No. 4 Deryk Engelland: At 37, Engelland is considered a reliable contributor and a leader.
No. 5 Jon Merrill: After 307 games of NHL experience, he knows how to be an effective one-on-one defender.
No. 6 Colin Miller: Has record 13 goals and 70 points in two seasons with Vegas.
Marc-Andre Fleury: Elite goalie with 439 regular-season wins and 78 playoff wins. He was crucial to Vegas reaching the Stanley Cup Final last season.
Malcolm Subban: Competent backup for Fleury. At 25, Subban still has some up-side