Vegas Golden Knights: A Team Of Outcasts

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Deryk Engelland

Another of the Vegas Golden Knights’ Alternate Captains, Engelland played some of his minor league hockey in Las Vegas. Engelland didn’t hit he NHL until he was 27 years old. That’s when he was called up by the Pittsburgh Penguins for a game versus the Bruins.

He signed with the Calgary Flames as a free agent in 2014. Fans of the team were critical of his $2.9 contract, and were not at all upset when the physical defenseman was left exposed for the expansion draft.

However, Engelland has been a huge surprise for the Golden Knights. Arguably their hugest one, in fact. Engelland has a career-high 22 points while averaging over 20 minutes per game for the first time in his career.

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The Golden Knights might be a group of outcasts, but they’re playing with a huge chip on their shoulder. They took the league by surprise and haven’t slowed down since. Vegas hasn’t technically qualified yet, but once they do, they’ll be the first expansion team to make the postseason in their first year since the Minnesota North Stars (who still had a sub .500 point percentage).