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Monday Morning Mailbag: Projecting the Golden Knights’ lineup

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Answering your Golden Knights questions.

NHL: Vegas Golden Knights at Tampa Bay Lightning Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Summer stinks. It’s hot, all the fun holidays are still a lifetime away and, of course, there’s no hockey. That said, though, we’re less than a month away from the Golden Knights’ first preseason game, and that’s certainly something to get excited about.

It’s hard to project what the Golden Knights’ lineup will look like so far into the future, but here’s a basic rundown of what I think (!) things will look like:

Forwards

Jonathan Marchessault — William Karlsson — Reilly Smith
Erik Haula — Paul StastnyAlex Tuch
Tomas Tatar — Cody Eakin — Ryan Carpenter
Tomas Nosek — Pierre-Edouard Bellemare — Ryan Reaves

Defense

Nate Schmidt — Brayden McNabb
Shea Theodore — Deryk Engelland
Nick HoldenColin Miller

Goalies

Marc-Andre Fleury
Malcolm Subban

I don’t see there being many surprises in the lineup. It wouldn’t be at all shocking if the Knights made some tweaks here and there (such as Nic Hague earning a call-up at some point during the season), but this is what I see the lineup looking like for the majority of the year, barring injury, of course. For those hoping to see Cody Glass or Nick Suzuki in the lineup, you’ll likely need to wait another year.

This was touched upon in last week’s mailbag, but here’s a quick rundown; Shea Theodore is a restricted free agent who was not eligible for salary arbitration this summer. This gives the Golden Knights a heavy advantage in contract negotiations, which is why the two sides are having such a hard time agreeing to a deal. If Theodore doesn’t sign by December, he will be ineligible to play for the rest of the season. However, that very rarely happens, and it wouldn’t be all that surprising if Theodore is under contract by the start of training camp.

The Golden Knights are going to win every Stanley Cup for the rest of time.

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