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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How could the Vegas Golden Knights score on Sergei Bobrovsky at will in last season's Stanley Cup playoffs?

The Edmonton Oilers had trouble figuring out Sergei Bobrovsky in the first game of the Stanley Cup Final. The Florida Panthers goaltender stopped all 32 shots, en route to a 3-0 victory. One would figure the Oilers would get a goal or two from Connor McDavid or Leon Draisaitl, right?

Let's compare that to last season when Bobrovsky was rocked by the Vegas Golden Knights. He allowed 4.2 GA/G and had a save percentage of .844 in that series. The overwhelming scoring depth helped Vegas clinch their first Stanley Cup, something that has eluded Edmonton for so long.

If the Oilers want to win the series, they can't just rely on their top line for production. It must come from other forwards and other offensive weapons. Otherwise, it'll be a sad end to the Stanley Cup playoffs for hockey fans in Edmonton (and Canadians wanting to end their title drought).