Top Three Reasons Why the Vegas Golden Knights Will Win the First Round

The Vegas Golden Knights don't have a first-round opponent yet. But here's why that won't matter for them.
Chicago Blackhawks v Vegas Golden Knights
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1. They're Getting a Game Changer Back in Mark Stone

Mark Stone
2023 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Five / Ethan Miller/GettyImages

Whenever the team captain returns, it's a sign of good things to come. For the Vegas Golden Knights, it's the final piece stepping foot on the ice. Mark Stone (lacerated spleen) returned to practice in a no-contact jersey last Friday, making his return imminent.

The Winnipeg native (16 goals, 37 assists) represents the lifeblood of the Golden Knights, showcasing his passion on the ice. The captain is also an incredible leader, reining the team in whenever times get tough. Add in his on-ice attributes that include a 200-ft. game and there's a good reason why the other 15 teams are worried.