2017-18 Vegas Golden Knights Season
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2017%E2%80%9318 Vegas Golden Knights Season
2017-18 Vegas Golden Knights
Western Conference champions
Pacific Division champions
Division1st Pacific
Conference3rd Western
2017-18 record51-24-7
Home record29-10-2
Road record22-14-5
Goals for272
Goals against228
Team information
General ManagerGeorge McPhee
CoachGerard Gallant
CaptainVacant
Alternate captainsPierre-Edouard Bellemare
Deryk Engelland
James Neal
David Perron
Luca Sbisa
Reilly Smith
ArenaT-Mobile Arena
Average attendance17,892 (103.0%)[1]
Minor league affiliate(s)Chicago Wolves (AHL)
Quad City Mallards (ECHL)
Team leaders
GoalsWilliam Karlsson (43)
AssistsDavid Perron (50)
PointsWilliam Karlsson (78)
Penalty minutesColin Miller (53)
Plus/minusWilliam Karlsson (+49)
WinsMarc-Andre Fleury (29)
Goals against averageOscar Dansk (1.78)

The 2017-18 Vegas Golden Knights season was the inaugural season for the Vegas Golden Knights. They played their home games at T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada.

The Golden Knights enjoyed the strongest debut season for an expansion team in North American professional sports history. On February 1, 2018, they broke the record for most wins by an expansion team in their first season when they earned their 34th win of the season.[2] On February 21, they broke the record for most points by an expansion team in their inaugural season when they got their 84th point of the season.[3] Then on March 26, they became the first team to make the playoffs in their inaugural season in the league since the Edmonton Oilers and Hartford Whalers in the 1979-80 season.[4] Following that achievement, on March 31, 2018, with a 3-2 victory over the San Jose Sharks, the Knights became the first modern-era expansion team from any of the four major sports and the first NHL team since the 1926-27 New York Rangers to win their division in their inaugural season (excluding the 1967-68 Philadelphia Flyers, as all teams in the West Division that year were expansion teams).[5] The Golden Knights finished the regular season with a .665 points percentage; prior to 2018 the only examples of first year expansion teams joining any of the North American major professional sports leagues after their respective league's first decade and finishing with a winning/points percentage of .500 or better were teams that had joined from another league.

Earning a playoff berth in their first season, the Golden Knights eliminated the Los Angeles Kings in four straight games during the First Round, becoming the first team in NHL history to sweep their first playoff series in their inaugural season.[6] They later defeated the San Jose Sharks in the Second Round in six games and advanced to the Western Conference Finals.[7] There they defeated the Winnipeg Jets in five games to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals in their inaugural season where they faced the Washington Capitals,[8] and lost in five games.

Standings

Pacific Division
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – Vegas Golden Knights 82 51 24 7 47 272 228 +44 109
2 x – Anaheim Ducks 82 44 25 13 40 235 216 +19 101
3 x – San Jose Sharks 82 45 27 10 40 252 229 +23 100
4 x – Los Angeles Kings 82 45 29 8 43 239 203 +36 98
5 Calgary Flames 82 37 35 10 35 218 248 −30 84
6 Edmonton Oilers 82 36 40 6 31 234 263 −29 78
7 Vancouver Canucks 82 31 40 11 31 218 264 −46 73
8 Arizona Coyotes 82 29 41 12 27 208 256 −48 70
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.

Schedule and results

Preseason

A preliminary preseason schedule was announced in January 2017.[9] The draft schedule was released in April 2017,[10] while the final schedule was released in June 2017.[11][12]

Regular season

The regular season schedule was released on June 22, 2017.[13]

Playoffs

Player statistics

Final stats[14]

Skaters

Goaltenders

Regular season[17]
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Marc-Andre Fleury 46 46 2,673:24 29 13 4 100 2.24 1376 .927 4 0 1 6
Malcolm Subban 22 19 1,230:11 13 4 2 55 2.68 614 .910 0 0 0 2
Maxime Lagace 16 14 873:31 6 7 1 57 3.92 430 .867 0 0 0 0
Oscar Dansk 4 3 168:36 3 0 0 5 1.78 93 .946 1 0 0 0
Dylan Ferguson 1 0 9:14 0 0 0 1 6.50 2 .500 0 0 0 0
Playoffs[18]
Player GP GS TOI W L GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Marc-Andre Fleury 20 20 1,258:35 13 7 47 2.24 641 .927 4 0 1 4

Awards and honours

Milestones

Transactions

The Golden Knights have been involved in the following transactions during the 2017-18 season.

Trades

Date Details Ref
June 21, 2017 (2017-06-21) To Florida Panthers
4th-round pick in 2018
To Vegas Golden Knights
Reilly Smith
[19]
June 21, 2017 (2017-06-21) To Buffalo Sabres
Expansion Draft considerations
To Vegas Golden Knights
6th-round pick in 2017
[19]
June 21, 2017 (2017-06-21) To Carolina Hurricanes
Expansion Draft considerations
To Vegas Golden Knights
BOS's 5th-round pick in 2017
[19]
June 21, 2017 (2017-06-21) To Tampa Bay Lightning
Expansion Draft considerations
To Vegas Golden Knights
Nikita Gusev
2nd-round pick in 2017
PIT's 4th-round pick in 2018
[19]
June 21, 2017 (2017-06-21) To New York Islanders
Expansion Draft considerations
To Vegas Golden Knights
Mikhail Grabovski
Jake Bischoff
1st-round pick in 2017
2nd-round pick in 2019
[19]
June 21, 2017 (2017-06-21) To Anaheim Ducks
Expansion Draft considerations
To Vegas Golden Knights
Shea Theodore
[19]
June 21, 2017 (2017-06-21) To Columbus Blue Jackets
Expansion Draft considerations
To Vegas Golden Knights
David Clarkson
1st-round pick in 2017
2nd-round pick in 2019
[19]
June 21, 2017 (2017-06-21) To Winnipeg Jets
CBJ's 1st-round pick in 2017
Expansion Draft considerations
To Vegas Golden Knights
1st-round pick in 2017
3rd-round pick in 2019
[19]
June 21, 2017 (2017-06-21) To Minnesota Wild
3rd-round pick in 2017 or 2018
To Vegas Golden Knights
Alex Tuch
[19]
June 21, 2017 (2017-06-21) To Pittsburgh Penguins
Expansion Draft considerations
To Vegas Golden Knights
2nd-round pick in 2020
[19]
June 22, 2017 (2017-06-22) To Carolina Hurricanes
Trevor van Riemsdyk
7th-round pick in 2018
To Vegas Golden Knights
PIT's 2nd-round pick in 2017
[20]
June 22, 2017 (2017-06-22) To Montreal Canadiens
David Schlemko
To Vegas Golden Knights
5th-round pick in 2019
[21]
June 24, 2017 (2017-06-24) To Columbus Blue Jackets
TBL's 2nd-round pick in 2017
To Vegas Golden Knights
Keegan Kolesar
[22]
June 26, 2017 (2017-06-26) To Dallas Stars
Marc Methot
To Vegas Golden Knights
Dylan Ferguson
2nd-round pick in 2020
[23]
July 1, 2017 (2017-07-01) To Nashville Predators
Alexei Emelin
To Vegas Golden Knights
3rd-round pick in 2019
[24]
July 2, 2017 (2017-07-02) To Chicago Blackhawks
Future considerations
To Vegas Golden Knights
Marcus Kruger
[25]
July 4, 2017 (2017-07-04) To Carolina Hurricanes
Marcus Kruger
To Vegas Golden Knights
5th-round pick in 2018
[26]
October 6, 2017 (2017-10-06) To Toronto Maple Leafs
Calvin Pickard
To Vegas Golden Knights
Tobias Lindberg
6th-round pick in 2018
[27]
February 5, 2018 (2018-02-05) To Los Angeles Kings
Future considerations
To Vegas Golden Knights
Zachary Leslie
[28]
February 23, 2018 (2018-02-23) To Pittsburgh Penguins
Tobias Lindberg
To Vegas Golden Knights
Ryan Reaves
VAN's 4th-round pick in 2018
[29]
February 26, 2018 (2018-02-26) To Vancouver Canucks
Brendan Leipsic
To Vegas Golden Knights
Philip Holm
[30]
February 26, 2018 (2018-02-26) To Detroit Red Wings
1st-round pick in 2018
NYI's 2nd-round pick in 2019
3rd-round pick in 2021
To Vegas Golden Knights
Tomas Tatar
[31]

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