As the Vegas Golden Knights(!) await their opponent in the Stanley Cup Final — I just chuckled and shook my head for the one-millionth time this spring — we are left wondering.
Is there anything the other 30 NHL teams can learn from this groundbreaking run?
I have to be honest: I’m tempted to simply write this off as a ‘nobody knows anything’ moment, a once-in-a-century fluke of chemistry and fortune. If there’s any sport that could produce a result like this, it’s hockey, with its notorious random variance and outsized importance of goaltending.
But I’m not much for nihilism. For me, there has to be something to take away from this surreal expansion experience. Maybe that’s just the scientific, logical side of my brain taking over, but so be it.
More relevant for this website, is there anything the Penguins can learn from Vegas. And no, I’m not talking about whether it was a mistake to send Marc-André Fleury off to the desert instead of rolling the dice with the expansion draft.
As far as I can tell, there are three main lessons the Penguins (or any team) could take from Vegas’ microwaved team-building exercise in the ever-changing NHL. Here goes …