The Stanley Cup Final is set to get underway on Monday, May 28th, and as we are all aware the cup will not be won by a Canadian team for the 25th straight year, but two American teams that are battling for it this year have never won it before.
This year’s Stanley Cup Final will feature the Washington Capitals and the NHL’s newest team, the Vegas Golden Knights.
For the Capitals, this will be the just second time in franchise history that the club will play in the Stanley Cup Final.
The only time the Caps have made it to the Stanley Cup Final, was back in 1998, when they were swept four games to none by the Detroit Red Wings.
32 year old Alex Ovechkin, who is the captain of the Washington Capitals, was selected 1st overall by the club in 2004 and has had seven 50 goal seasons so far in his career.
Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, who was selected 1st overall in the NHL Entry Draft one year after Ovechkin, has had one 50 goal season in his NHL career, but already has three Stanley Cups rings (2009, 2016 & 2017).
Is this the year Ovi finally gets rewarded?
Now let’s look at the Golden Knights!
For the past 4 years, the NHL Awards have been held in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will be held their once again this year on June 20th.
During last year’s NHL Awards ceremony, Vegas also got to pick their team in the NHL Expansion Draft.
So will the Knights get to celebrate with the Stanley Cup in attendance at this year’s NHL Awards ceremony?
Not only is it a surprise that Vegas has made it to the Stanley Cup Final in just their first season in the league, but one player on the roster has definitely had a season nobody would’ve expected.
When you look at Golden Knights top scorer William Karlsson, he has probably been the biggest surprise on this year’s team.
Karlsson, who scored 6 goals in 81 regular season games last year with the Columbus Blue Jackets, went on to score 43 goals during the 2017-2018 regular season with the Golden Knights.
Anybody remember Hounds 50 goal scorer Joe Seroski?
After scoring 6 goals during his rookie season in 1995-1996, he then went on to score 54 goals the following year in 1996-1997.
That’s similar to what Karlsson did!
Karlsson went from 6 goals one year to 43 the following year, and Seroski went from 6 goals one year to 54 the following year!
Goes to show you that anything can happen in a season and any player can put up big numbers.
How about Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario product and Colin Miller?
During the regular season, Miller was the top scoring defenceman on the Golden Knights with 10 goals and 41 points through 82 games.
Miller, who is in his third NHL season and first with the Golden Knights, is hoping to win his first ever Stanley Cup.
Three years ago, the 25 year old brought the Calder Cup to the Essar Centre after winning it with the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs.
So we may not see a Canadian team win the Stanley Cup this year, but if the Golden Knights are crowned champions, you can add Sooite Colin Miller’s name to that silver cup!