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Mid-Term Grades: Vegas Golden Knights Top 6 Forwards
Las Vegas–As the Vegas Golden Knights continue with their bye week after the halfway point of the season, we go thru and give out our mid-terms grades to the top-6 forwards on the team.
Top 6 Forwards
Previous Team: Florida Panthers (30 goals, 21 assists for 51 points and was -21 in 75 games played)
This season with the Golden Knights, Marchessault has produced thru 38 games, 16 goals, 24 assists for 40 points and is +17 even though he missed some games early on in the year.
With plenty of time to go for the rest of the 2017-18 campaign Marchessault has the chance to potentially reach the 30 goal mark once again. In addition, he will easily reach the 30-40 assist mark as well by seasons end. Grade: A
Previous Team: Columbus Blue Jackets (6 goals, 19 assists for 25 points and was +10 thru 81 games)
Karlsson with Vegas is having himself a very good year in particular with his 22 goals at the break, as well as leading the team with putting the puck in the net. His 14 assists are not bad either as he’s on his way at making that area of offense a season high as well with the Golden Knights. With his excellent performance on offense, Karlsson is a +20 with Vegas.
The sky is the limit to how many more goals Karlsson will actually score with the Golden Knights this year and at the rate he produced in the 1st half of the season, he could easily reach the 40 goal threshold at the completion of the campaign. Grade: A+
Previous Team: Florida Panthers (15 goals, 22 assists for 37 points and was a +13 in 80 games)
Smith is having great success as a member of the Golden Knights top line this season with playing alongside Marchessault and Karlsson. Thru 41 games this season, Smith has scored 15 goals added 24 assists for 39 points.
He’s on pace for a 3rd 20 goal season of his NHL career. With the season halfway complete, Smith has the potential at reaching the 40 assist mark for the first time in his career with the Golden Knights. Grade: A
Previous Team: St. Louis Blues (18 goals, 28 assists for 48 points and was a -2 and played in all 82 games)
With the Golden Knights, Perron missed 6 games back in the first quarter of the season so he’s only been in 35 contests with Vegas. In the span, he’s recorded 9 goals, 25 assists for 34 points and is +8.
If Perron can get on a hot streak in goals scored in the second half of the campaign there is the possibility that he can reach 20 goals. He has reached that mark three previous times in his career.
In terms of assists the opportunity is there for him to reach the 40-50 mark for the first time if he stays healthy. Grade: A-
Previous Team: Minnesota Wild (15 goals, 11 assists for 26 points and was a +5 thru 72 games)
Playing on the second line this season with the Golden Knights, Haula has matched last years figures in less games played at 37. In that stretch, Haula scored 15 goals, 13 assists for 28 points at a +2.
In his 4 previous seasons with the Minnesota Wild, Haula has never reached the 20 goal mark, with Vegas he has a really good chance at reaching that threshold and then some. 10 of his 15 goals this season came in the third period which has been clutch for them by the Finnish forward. Grade: A
Previous Team: Nashville Predators (23 goals, 18 assists for 41 points at a -10 with 70 games played)
Neal has been solid on offense for the Golden Knights as he slots right behind Karlsson in the goal scoring department with 18 on the season at the break. He’s also pitched in with 11 assists and has a point total thru 41 games at 29.
In his playing career, Neal has reached the 40 assist mark once when he was a member of the 2011-12 Penguins where he recorded 41. If he somehow goes on an assist tear in the 2nd half of the campaign he could potentially get there or at the very least the 30 assist mark.
In terms of points he registered 30 or more 9 times and based on his number’s at the break he’ll have no problem making this season his 10th in doing so. He has reached the 50 point mark 4 times over the course of his career. Grade: A
Part 2 we will look at the bottom 6 forwards and hand them out our mid-term grades.