The Vegas Golden Knights have been known for a lot different things since coming into the league. Since 2017, the Knights have looked to remain consistent playoff contenders which has resulted in them making block buster moves quite frequently. However, the one thing that hasn’t been talked about enough is their ability to have two top tier goalies at all times.
When the Vegas Golden Knights became NHL’s 31st official team, there weren’t a lot of expectations set around the locker room. Obviously, they wanted to come in and compete, but that is hard to do when you are building a team full of sub-par players. In contrast to that, there is one thing you can do in order to make a winning organization in one year- get a dependable goalie in net. That’s exactly what they did.
Matt Murray, an upcoming goaltender at the time went protected during the expansion draft which left hall of famer, Marc-Andre Fleury available. The Knights, knowing that you only get one chance to have a goalie of Fleury’s caliber, selected him from the Pittsburgh Penguins. Little did they know this pick did more than just give them a great player, but a cornerstone and a building block for the future of Vegas hockey.
Looking ahead a couple seasons, the Vegas Golden Knights had to make a move in order to clear some cap space which led to the Knights trading away Marc-Andre Fleury to the Chicago Blackhawks and keeping goalie, Robin Lehner.
After trading away Fleury, the Vegas Golden Knights went and signed Laurent Brossoit in free agency who’s actually performed very well this season. In fact, his previous performance was a shutout against the Edmonton Oilers. But the question need’s to be asked, where does the goalie tandem of Lehner and Brossoit rank amongst others in the league?