This article is part of our Frozen Fantasy series.
Last October, no one believed in the Golden Knights. Except for the Golden Knights. By June, everyone believed.
I love a good underdog story.
That team was constructed on the backs of several NHL general managers that had misjudged their assets. How else does a team end up with Reilly Smith, Alex Tuch, William Karlsson, Marc-Andre Fleury … should I go on?
This year, there are plenty of misjudged assets in the NHL.
I'll start with Carolina. At least I was on that bandwagon. They're even better than I thought and Rod Brind'Amour has barely started.
I'm buying. In a big way.
Talk about misjudging assets.
Then there's Los Angeles. I don't know what to say. They've lost six in a row and been outscored 29-8. They are a team of individuals that just can't get their crap together. It can't be all on Ilya Kovalchuk.
Anaheim has lost four straight, mostly because John Gibson is the only guy showing up. St. Louis is on life support because Jake Allen's talent has been misjudged for years. Philly is just biding time for Carter Hart to arrive.
What went wrong? St. Louis and Calgary flipped half their rosters in the offseason in an attempt to shed the weight of underperformance. Anaheim plays big, heavy hockey in a league