Ranking the best winger options in free agency for the Golden Knights

The Vegas Golden Knights need some high-profile scoring options that can stay healthy. Who's the best fit for the job?
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3.) Sam Reinhart, Florida Panthers

Sam Reinhart had himself an incredible season for the Florida Panthers. He scored 57 goals and 37 assists, helping the team get within arm's reach of their first Stanley Cup. Reinhart is set to hit free agency, which will provide him with an opportunity with teams like the Vegas Golden Knights.

And why not? He's a great special teams player who works well on the power play. That helps franchises like Vegas, who've historically struggled on the man advantage. Why not bring in a specialist who's scored 59 power play goals in the past three seasons?

However, that doesn't make him an ideal free agency target for the Golden Knights. For one, he's expected to get a sizable deal near $10 million. Putting up 57 goals in a contract year will draw a crowd, with Sam Reinhart becoming one of the most coveted free agents. It's tough adding a massive salary like that to a team without a complete makeover.

Also, there's a real possibility that he drops off in production on a long-term deal. 57 goals is fairly hard to achieve, where it's reserved for players like Auston Matthews and Leon Draisaitl. Although Reinhart is vastly underrated as a goal-scoring layer, it's tough to replicate that success in the NHL. Thus, it would make his contract look more like an albatross. There's also a beloved figure that will take precedence for a better price...