As part of NHL.com’s 32 for 32 series, the Fantasy Hockey Team identifies relevant Vegas Golden Knights players. For more coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe for free to the “NHL fantasy on ice” podcast.
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REMARKS: These fantastic projections (for an 82-game season), a collaborative effort of Pete Jensen and Anna Dua, have been quantified based on factors including, but not limited to, past regular season and playoff performances from the Stanley Cup, projected line combinations, power play usage, team goaltending situations, injury history or concern, sleeper advantage, early regression or bid for the rebound, age, contract status and overall advantage for this season. The totals below are hard estimates and do not necessarily indicate each player’s cap or floor and should be used as the basis for decision making in all Fantasy Leagues. The players are listed below in order of NHL.com’s top 250 players.
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Jack EichelVS – He was productive (25 points in 34 games) after being acquired from the Buffalo Sabers last season despite playing with a broken thumb after recovering from neck surgery. Eichel, who ranks 21st in the NHL in points per game (0.93; minimum 400 games) since entering the League in 2015-16, should be considered one of the top 15 fantasy centers and can top his best point total of 2018-19 (82 points in 77 games with Buffalo) if he stays healthy and plays on a line with the elite right wing mark the stone.
NHL.com Point Projection for Eichel: 84
Mark Stone, AR – He was valuable in fantasy when healthy (30 points in 37 games) last season and should be ready for this season after undergoing back surgery on May 19. Stone, who had his highest point total in 2018-19 (73 points in 77 games with the Golden Knights and Ottawa Senators) and was better than a point per game twice in his career (2020- 21 with Vegas; 2017-18 with Ottawa), should be considered one of the top 10 fantasy right wingers and joins Eichel in NHL.com in the top 50 overall.
NHL.com Point Projection for Stone: 77
Shea TheodoreD — He ranked 14th among NHL defensemen in points (NHL career-high 52; third among the Golden Knights) last season and was tied for eighth in shots on goal ( 205). Theodore, who is also coming off NHL career highs in goals (14) and assists (38) and frequently plays on the first power play, could benefit from hiring the Golden Knights coach Bruce Cassidy to replace Peter DeBoer; the Golden Knights ranked 25th in the NHL in power-play efficiency (18.4%) last season under DeBoer, and the Boston Bruins were tied for second in the League in the category in their five seasons complete under Cassidy (23.7% since 2017-18). Theodore should be considered one of the top 20 fantasy defenders and one of the top 100 players overall.
NHL.com Point Projection for Theodore: 55
Alex PietrangeloD – Led Vegas defensemen with 13 power-play points last season (Theodore had 12) and had an NHL career-high 227 shots on goal. Pietrangelo has high fantasy ground (at least 40 points in nine of his 10 full seasons) and should be considered a marginal top-25 fantasy defender and a potential bargain if available outside the top 100 overall.
NHL.com point projection for Pietrangelo: 46
Jonathan MarchessaultLW/RW – He was a bright spot last season for the Golden Knights, who were decimated by injuries and missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Marchessault led them in goals (30), points (66), power play points (20) and shots on goal (251). The forward leads Vegas in goals (122), assists (169), points (291), power play points (70) and shots on goal (1,208) since he started playing in 2017-18 despite playing second line and has more than one hit per game (401 in 356 games) in that span, making him an intriguing fantasy option with a chance to be elevated to the front line after Max Pacioretty was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes.
NHL.com Point Projection for Marchessault: 61
Other VGK Players to Consider in Fantasy: Logan ThompsonG; Chandler StephensonC/RW; Phil KesselRW; Reilly SmithRW; Alec Martinez, D; Nicholas Roy, C/RW
Injured player: Robin LehnerG (off season)
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