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Las Vegas–We continue to dive into the final grades for the 2017-18 season with the Vegas Golden Knights second line forwards.

Yesterday we finished grading the Golden Knights top line of Jonathan Marchessault, William Karlsson, and Reilly Smith and the results were so go that we gave them an A+ for their impressive performance.


David Perrron

Previous Team: 2016-17 St. Louis Blues (18 goals, 28 assists for 48 points and was a -2 and played in all 82 games)

At the mid season break, Perron had scored nine goals, 25 assists for 34 points and is +8 which was a pretty good pace to his last season numbers he put together when he was a member of the Blues.

He also missed some time with various injuries during the first half of the season with the Golden Knights

In the second half of the season, Perron was bit with the injury bug again that impacted his end of season totals. With only 70 games played with Vegas this past year, Perron finished with 16 goals, 50 assists for 66 points at +1.

If it were not for being injured throughout the 2017-18 season, Perron’s goal production could have easily reached 20-25 goals. However, he still put up career numbers in assists as this was his first NHL season where he reached the 50 mark in his career.

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During the Golden Knights run the Stanley Cup Finals, Perron on two separate occasions missed a total of four games and the beginning of the playoffs and towards the end of it.

He only played in a total of 15 games in the playoffs where he scored one goal, recorded eight assists for nine points and finished with a +1. Perron also averaged 16:33 of ice time throughout the Golden Knights run to the finals.

Basically, Perron had himself a very good season with the Golden Knights in their inaugural campaign in the NHL. However, he is no longer with the team as he signed with the St. Louis Blues to a four year contract.

This marks the third time in his NHL career to be playing with the Blues organization.

Grade: A

Erik Haula

Previous Team: 2016-17 Minnesota Wild (15 goals, 11 assists for 26 points and was a +5 thru 72 games)

With only four games missed due to injury in the first half of the season, Haula produced 15 goals, 13 assists for 28 points at a +2 which was an impressive feat given that he had to do that over the course of the entire previous campaign with the Wild.

At the end of the regular season with the Golden Knights, Haula nearly doubled up in goal production at 29, recorded 26 assists for 55 points and was -15.

For Haula this was his first NHL season where he nearly cashed in with 30 goals, if it were not for missing those four games early on in the campaign he would have done it. His 26 assist and 55 points were career highs for him.

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In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Haula appeared in all 20 games for the Golden Knights in their run to the finals. He scored three goals, recorded six assists for nine points and finished with a -3. In addition, he averaged 16:39 of ice time during that run.

Overall, Haula’s first season with the Golden Knights was one for him to remember and something that he could build off of in the next season.

Grade: A+

James Neal

Previous Team: 2016-17 Nashville Predators (23 goals, 18 assists for 41 points at a -10 with 70 games played)

When the Golden Knights hit the halfway point in the 2017-18 regular season, Neal had already put the puck in the back of the net 18 times and was looking like he would be on pace to hit 30 mark with relative ease. He also pitched in with 11 assists and had a point total thru 41 games at 29.

However, in the second half of the season, Neal missed 11 games due to illness and a hand injury which impacted his game a great deal. He would complete the regular season out with 25 goals, 19 assists for 44 points and finished with a plus/minus of -11.

Nevertheless, this was his 10 NHL season where he put together a 20 goal or more campaign.

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Neal skated in all 20 Stanley Cup Playoffs games for the Golden Knights and produced five goals, six assists for 11 points and was even in the plus/minus. He would also log an average of 17:05 of ice time during their run all the way to the finals.

In his only season with Vegas, Neal had himself a fairly decent year minus the injury bug that he was bit by in the second half.

Grade: A

Like Perron, Neal is no longer with the Golden Knights as he signed a five year deal with the Calgary Flames organization. This is the first time in his NHL career to play for a Canadian based NHL franchise.

Moving forward the Golden Knights heading into the 2018-19 season their second line will have a much different look now that Perron and Neal are no longer on the team.

Look for a potential Haula-Stastny-Tatar line combination for Head Coach Gerard Gallant.

As we continue to hand out the final grades, our next piece we will take a look at the Golden Knights bottom six to see how they did when the season ended.

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