3 things the Vegas Golden Knights should learn from the Florida Panthers

The Florida Panthers, last season's opponents for the Vegas Golden Knights, are your new Stanley Cup champs. What can Vegas learn from them?
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The Vegas Golden Knights must add forward depth

With five forwards becoming unrestricted free agents, the Vegas Golden Knights must look at bolstering positional depth. There are numerous avenues to doing this, including the NHL Draft and free agency. Even promoting specific players and giving them more important roles can fill the void.

The Florida Panthers went through the Stanley Cup playoffs carrying solid scoring forwards on every line. It didn't matter if it was the duo of Matthew Tkachuk (26 goals, 88 points) and Sam Reinhart (57 goals, 94 points) on the first line or Vladimir Tarasenko (six goals and 14 points in 19 games) taking a third-line gig. All that mattered was that Florida got the necessary production from their playmakers. That's how they got their first Stanley Cup.

Granted, it wasn't always pretty. Their power play stalled in the Stanley Cup Final, with only an Evan Rodrigues power play goal to show. On top of that, the Edmonton Oilers had more short-handed goals heading into game seven, scoring two (one from former Vegas Golden Knights player, Mattias Janmark).

However, it's how Vegas won their first Stanley Cup last season. The three-headed monster of Jonathan Marchessault, Jack Eichel, and Mark Stone led the way for Vegas. In turn, it led to them cracking open Florida in the championship round with different forwards scoring. Rediscovering that depth during the offseason will bring Lord Stanley back to Las Vegas.