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Las Vegas–Today we reached the last piece to our final grades series of the Vegas Golden Knights players with the last line in defense in the goaltenders.

In the four previous parts of the series, we handed out our final performance grades to the forwards and defenseman.

Final grades for the top line can be found here.

Final grades for the second line can be found by heading to this page.

Head on over to this page to see how the bottom six did with their final grades.

Below see how our goalies did for the end of season grades.


Marc-André Fleury

Previous Team: 2016-17 Pittsburgh Penguins (38 games played with 34 as starts, produced an 18-10-7 record at a 3.02 GAA, a .902 save percentage along with 1 shutout recorded)

In his first season with the Golden Knights as their go to man in net, Fleury had himself a heck a start to the 2017-18 campaign regardless of his injury he sustained in the first half of the year when he took a hard hit to the head from Detroit Red Wings forward Anthony Manta.

Fleury ended up recovering from that injury and would go on to have a renaissance type of a season with Vegas and posted a 29-13-4 record which included 4 shutouts in the regular season. Included in his renaissance campaign his GAA finished out at 2.24 (new career best) and .927 save percentage (a new career high).

He also joined the 400 and over win club among goalies where won his 400, 401st, 402nd, 403rd, and 404th life time victories. Right now, Fleury is currently ranked at 11th all time in that group of goalies with at least 400 career wins.

With his steady play in goal for the Golden Knights during the regular season he led the franchise to their first Stanley Cup Final appearance in the teams short history where they ended up being defeated by Alexander Ovechkin‘s Washington Capitals. His recorded in the Stanley Cup Playoffs included 13 wins, seven losses with a .927 save percentage and a 2.24 GAA.

Fleury also earned four shutouts in the first two rounds of the playoffs against the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks.

In the offseason, Fleury and Golden Knights agreed to a new three year contract extension that has him locked up until the 2021-22 season.

For Golden Knights moving forward they have four more seasons with Flower in net and to big question would be can Fleury follow up his renaissance season performance for the 2018-19 campaign, only time will tell.

Grade: A

Malcolm Subban

Previous Team: 2016-17 Boston Bruins (1 game played, produced a 0-1-0 record at a 5.18 GAA and a .818 save percentage)

Subban for the most part of the 2017-18 season served as Fleury’s backup and in the time he played in 22 games between the pipes for the Golden Knights he posted a 13-4-2 record which was a major improvement for him compared to the prior season he had as a member of the Boston Bruins.

In addition to his very good year as the number two man in net for the Golden Knights, Subban’s GAA also improved to 2.68 and in save percentage showed a dramatic change for the better at .910.

With another year left on his current contract and time to work with goaltender Coach Dave Prior, Subban’s overall game performance should show signs of improvement once again the next season.

Grade: A

Maxime Lagace

Previous Team: 2016-17 N/A (No prior NHL experience last season)

In 16 games played this season, Lagace finished with a 6-7-1 and registered a GAA of 3.92 and completed with a .867 save percentage. Most of his losses he incurred in the Golden Knights inaugural season came on their first ever Eastern Conference road trip where Vegas went 1-4-1.

After his time with Vegas, he would spend the rest of the 2017-18 season down in the minors with the Golden Knights AHL affiliate the Chicago Wolves. In 23 games that he backstopped the Wolves net, he put together a 14-5-1 record, posted a .905 save percentage and recorded a 2.84 GAA.

Given that he had no prior experience the NHL until this season we felt that under the circumstances that he was put in during the goalie situation early on for the Golden Knights, Lagace fared pretty well in net for Vegas.

Lagace signed on for one more season with the Golden Knights when he inked his new contract on July 1.

As of now it’s hard to judge where exactly he fits in to the overall depth chart in goal for the Golden Knights in the upcoming season so that will be something to watch for.

Grade: A

Oscar Dansk

Previous Team: 2016-17 N/A (No prior NHL experience last season)

Dansk earned himself a 3-0-0 record for the 2017-18 season with the Golden Knights in his relief efforts in the first half of Vegas’s inaugural campaign and that was during the time where both Fleury and Subban were out of commission due to the injury bug.

He also recorded the first ever franchise shutout in club history. In addition to that, he posted a 1.78 GAA and a .946 save percentage.

Dansk also missed 36 games due to a lower body injury so he did not play in another game for the Golden Knights in their first season.

During the offseason, Dansk extended his stay with the Golden Knights by signing a new two year deal with the team.

His small sample size of games that he played in were yeoman’s effort considering that he had no prior NHL experience under him.

Going forward its going to be interesting to see where Dansk falls in the depth chart in goal for the Golden Knights in the upcoming season.

Grade: A

With the final grades issued out for the entire 2017-18 Golden Knights here’s to the upcoming season.

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