Sunday thoughts about the hockey summer

Vegas Golden Knights fans are anxiously waiting for October to come for another NHL season. Here are some thoughts about the offseason and Stanley Cup playoffs.
2023 Upper Deck NHL Draft - Rounds 2-7
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Hockey's summer period is a monumental time in the NHL, starting in late May or early June. It's where the Stanley Cup playoffs start wrapping up, with a team hoisting the Stanley Cup by late June. It's also where the NHL Draft happens, followed by the free agency period starting. In short, 32 teams will become busy bees in the summer heat (even the "newest" team from the Beehive State).

Vegas Golden Knights fans have many questions on their mind, ranging from who's returning to the team to who to draft. It's sad when your team isn't competing for the ultimate prize. That much is true. However, it's best to dust yourself off and try again the next season.

With that are some thoughts regarding the upcoming offseason. These range from the upcoming NHL Draft to the free agency period. Even the Stanley Cup playoffs are thought about, with observations being made. With that, here are some thoughts before the work week starts, Golden Knights fans.

Could the Vegas Golden Knights select an NHL Draft prospect who isn't a forward?

One glaring flaw of the Vegas Golden Knights is the forward position. With five players set to become unrestricted free agents on July 1st, it raises questions about how Vegas will replace them. Should they bring one back and trade one of their defensemen? Or should Vegas sign cheaper talent and add depth?

However, there's another question regarding other positions, such as where the goaltenders stand. Adin Hill and Logan Thompson are in the last year of their respective deals. Should they draft another goalie later despite the current logjam?

Or perhaps they should draft another defenseman? With Shea Theodore and Brayden McNabb hitting free agency after next season, there could be a case for drafting younger talent as a replacement. Whatever the case is, there's potential for a Vegas draft class that's not all forwards, specifically with the later picks.