Could the Vegas Golden Knights Bring Reilly Smith Back?

Reilly Smith was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the summertime. But could the Vegas Golden Knights bring the original Misfit back?

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1. The Pros of Bringing Back Reilly Smith

Reilly Smith
2023 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Five / Bruce Bennett/GettyImages

One huge benefit of seeing Reilly Smith in a Vegas Golden Knights jersey again is adding scoring depth. The Knights have been hit hard with injuries all season, losing stars such as William Karlsson and Jack Eichel. By bringing the Original Misfit back, you can plug him in and revive the Misfit Line.

Smith was also coming off arguably the best year of his career last season. He scored 26 goals and notched 30 assists, making him a potent depth piece for Vegas. Sounds as appetizing as a Granny Smith apple, right?

There's also the special teams factor that he brings. He's an effective penalty killer that knows his position well. He's also great on the power play, making him a threat to score on both ends of the spectrum. Considering Vegas's less-than-stellar track record on the power play, it would help the team if Smith returned.

The right winger can also be slotted in the Knights lineup easily. Whether it's being reunited with Karlsson and Jonathan Marchessault or mentoring the younger guys, Smith has the flexibility to make the offense better. Plus, he's able to get dirty on every play, winning puck battles and acting as an asset on the forecheck.