While the NHL may be on lockdown, the NHLPA still revealed the results of their 2019-2020 Player Poll and the Vegas Golden Knights were heavily featured.
An annual tradition, the National Hockey League Players’ Association have once again delivered with this year’s edition of their popular Player Poll and it makes interesting reading for Vegas Golden Knights fans.
Having surveyed around 600 NHL players for this Poll, the Golden Knights featured a lot in a number of interesting categories.
Of course, the usual suspects dominated the on-ice questions with Pittsburgh Penguins Captain Sidney Crosby coming out on top when it came to who players would want on their team to win one game.
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Crosby also won 45.56% of the votes in the Most Complete Player category, while Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid was crowned the NHL’s Best Forward by a landslide, which isn’t surprising.
And, in another expected outcome, Wayne Gretzky was voted the player that today’s stars would most like to see in action today.
He is The Great One after all, and would get my vote all day every day.
Now, let’s switch our focus to the Golden Knights and how they were represented in the Player Poll.
Despite being closer to the end of his career than he is to the beginning of it, it is clear that his peers still respect Fleury and you can see why given the heroics he still performs on the ice.
Now on to the fun categories.
Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves came third in the Best Trash-talker category, losing out to Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand for the honor but making the list over arch-nemesis Evander Kane, so there is that.
And the Golden Knights also had a representative in the Worst Trash-talker category, with forward Nick Cousins receiving 5.61% of the votes.
Time to step up your trash-talking game, Nick.
It was quite surprising to see that Reaves didn’t finish inside the top four of the Funniest Player in the NHL given some of his antics, with Florida Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle coming out on top in that particular category.
One Golden Knights player who was recognized for his off-ice talents was Mark Stone, who was named one of the NHL’s Best Golfers by his peers.
An avid golfer, Stone would no doubt have been thrilled to have gained some recognition in that particular field.
Now this is where it gets interesting.
The Golden Knights featured a lot in the off-ice questions, earning 26.47% of the votes for the Best Visitors Dressing Room in the NHL, while they also earned votes for having the Best Ice in the league.
Finally, Vegas was given the ultimate honor after seeing their home jersey voted joint-second in the Best Jersey category.
While the Chicago Blackhawks came out on top with a massive 28.25% of the votes, the Golden Knights earned 6.83% of the voting along with the Toronto Maple Leafs while they finished ahead of the New York Rangers.
Given that both the Leafs and the Rangers are Original Six franchises and both boast stunning jerseys, this was quite the win for the Golden Knights.
And the 2019-20 NHLPA Player Poll just reflects how much of an impact the Vegas Golden Knights have had on the NHL in just three years.
With many doubting that a hockey franchise in the desert could actually work, the Golden Knights have stunned the sporting world by establishing themselves as a powerhouse in the NHL both on and off the ice in record time.
From boasting a Stanley Cup contender on the ice to selling out home games and going viral on social media with their insane in-game entertainment, the Golden Knights have rewritten the blueprint for all expansion teams.
Take note, Seattle.
It is hugely impressive, though, that the Vegas Golden Knights have come away with seven significant mentions in this year’s Player Poll, and it just pays testament to the mark they have already left on the NHL and the hockey world.
You can view the full results of the poll here.