28 Sep 2020 11:50 AM +00:00

NHL 19: Vegas Golden Knights Player Ratings, Roster & Top Prospects

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The Vegas Golden Knights were the story of the sporting world last season: entering the league with an expansion draft team to go all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals. They missed out on the ultimate fairytale ending, but the feel-good factor is still in Vegas, with the team set to contend in the playoffs once again this season. 

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Jonathan Marchessault, Right Wing, 86 OVR

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Age: 27Role: PlaymakerHeight: 175cmWeight: 79kgShoots: RightBest Stats: 92 Deking. 91 Passing. 90 Puck Control, Offensive Awareness 

After missing five games, Jonathan Marchessault finished second on the Golden Knights by only three points, scoring 27 goals and 48 points. Not quite as emphatically in 2017/18, Marchessault is having another strong season with 17 goals and 35 points through 54 games. The former Florida – having played for both the Lightning and Panthers – winger boasts very well-rounded shooting, puck skills, and skating attributes to make him a great player to have in NHL 19.

Shea Theodore, Defenseman, 83 OVR

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Age: 23Role: Two-WayHeight: 188cmWeight: 88kgShoots: LeftBest Stats: 90 Slap Shot Power. 88 Wrist Shot Power. 87 Strength, Acceleration, Balance, Endurance, Speed, Shot Blocking, Stick Checking, Passing, Puck Control 

The Vegas Golden Knights’ defensive corps is deep with strong and mobile defensemen who can move the puck. In NHL 19, their top three defensemen have overalls of 83, but each of them brings something a little bit different to the table. Theodore is a very creative defenseman, often being played as the orchestrator of the powerplay. With 87s littered around key skills like passing, puck control, shot blocking, stick checking, speed, and strength, you can see that there’s a lot to come from this 23-year-old blueliner in the game.


Marc-Andre Fleury, Goaltender, 87 OVR

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Age: 33Role: HybridHeight: 188cmWeight: 82kgShoots: LeftBest Stats: 91 Angles. 90 Breakaway, Glove Low, Stick Low, Poise, Rebound Control, Recover, Aggressiveness, Vision 

Marc-Andre Fleury continued to prove that he’s still a world-class goaltender last season, leading his brand new team to the Stanley Cup Finals. The veteran netminder amassed an impressive 29 wins, .927 save percentage, and 2.24 goals against average through 46 starts of an injury-plagued campaign. At 87 overall, Fleury appears to be almost criminally underrated on NHL 19, but with well-placed 90-plus ratings for breakaway, recover, vision, and aggressiveness, he’s still rather difficult to beat.

From the Day 1, September 13 update, this is how the Vegas Golden Knights’ first lines start. The top set of the Golden Knights is very well-rounded, as is most of the team, with the immense speed of the three forwards proving to be devastating on any given breakaway.

NHL 19 Vegas Golden Knights Roster

Jonathan Marchessault (86) – William Karlsson (85) – Reilly Smith (84)Brayden McNabb (83) – Nate Schmidt (83)Marc-Andre Fleury (87)

Name Overall Rating Position/Role Height Age Shoots Best Stats
Max Pacioretty86Left Wing Sniper188cm29Left90 Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power, Wrist Shot Accuracy
William Karlsson85Two-Way Center185cm25Left90 Deking, Hand-Eye. 89 Passing, Puck Control, Offensive Awareness, Acceleration, Agility
Reilly Smith84Right Wing Sniper183cm27Left88 Deking, Hand-Eye, Passing, Puck Control, Discipline, Offensive Awareness, Acceleration, Agility, Speed, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Accuracy
Nate Schmidt83Two-Way Defenseman185cm27Left88 Endurance, Speed, Shot Blocking, Stick Checking
Paul Stastny83Playmaker Center183cm32Left90 Discipline. 88 Offensive Awareness, Passing, Puck Control, Stick Checking
Brayden McNabb83Two-Way Defenseman193cm27Left88 Defensive Awareness, Balance, Slap Shot Power, Body Checking, Strength
Erik Haula82Playmaker Center183cm27Left90 Acceleration, Speed. 88 Deking, Agility, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Accuracy
Alex Tuch82Right Wing Power Forward193cm22Right88 Strength, Balance. 87 Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power
Colin Miller82Two-Way Defenseman185cm25Right88 Deking, Acceleration, Agility, Speed
Jon Merrill81Defensive Defenseman191cm26Left88 Shot Blocking. 87 Stick Checking, Balance, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power, Body Checking, Strength
Deryk Engelland80Defensive Defenseman188cm36Right89 Balance, Aggressiveness, Body Checking, Strength
Oscar Lindberg79Playmaker Center185cm26Left87 Discipline, Acceleration, Agility, Speed
Cody Eakin79Two-Way Center183cm27Left87 Stick Checking, Acceleration, Agility, Speed
Ryan Reaves78Right Wing Grinder185cm31Right93 Aggressiveness. 92 Balance, Body Checking, Strength
Tomas Nosek78Two-Way Center191cm26Left87 Strength, Discipline, Balance
William Carrier77Left Wing Sniper188cm23Left87 Slap Shot Power. 86 Wrist Shot Power, Acceleration, Balance, Speed, Strength
Ryan Carpenter76Two-Way Right Wing183cm27Right86 Discipline, Durability. 85 Acceleration, Agility, Speed, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power, Strength
Daniel Carr76Left Wing Sniper183cm26Left87 Discipline. 85 Acceleration, Agility, Speed, Slap Shot Power, Aggressiveness
David Clarkson70Right Wing Grinder183cm34Right90 Aggressiveness, Body Checking. 87 Strength, Balance
Malcolm Subban81Hybrid Goaltender188cm24Left90 Agility, Speed. 86 Glove Low, Stick Low, Recover

Cody Glass, Center, 71 OVR

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Age: 19Role: Two-WayHeight: 185cmWeight: 75kgShoots: RightPotential: Elite med

Cody Glass is a very exciting prospect, and thanks to the continued success of Vegas, the Golden Knights can give the center as much time as he needs to develop into an NHL-ready skater. In a season or two, Glass will have the skills to demand a place in your NHL 19 lines.

Despite only experiencing two NHL Entry Drafts, the Golden Knights boast a decent prospect pool, but by far the most exciting prospect – bar Cody Glass – is Erik Brannstrom. The offensive defenseman develops into one of the fastest skaters in the game, let along one of the fastest defensemen, and boasts a tremendous shot, making him a one-man breakaway wrecking crew. 

NHL 19 Vegas Golden Knights Top Prospects

Name Overall Rating Position/Role Height Age Shoots Potential
Connor Corcoran57Two-Way Defenseman185cm18Right7th D med
Xavier Bouchard58Two-Way Defenseman188cm18Right7th D med
Jonas Rondbjerg58Two-Way Right Wing183cm19LeftTop 9 med
Jake Leschyshyn60Two-Way Center180cm19LeftAHL Top 6 high
Ben Jones61Two-Way Center183cm19LeftBottom 6 med
Lukas Elvenes62Two-Way Right Wing183cm19LeftTop 9 med
Erik Brannstrom64Offensive Defenseman178cm19LeftTop 4 med
Nicolas Hague65Defensive Defenseman196cm19LeftTop 4 med
Dylan Coghlan61Two-Way Defenseman188cm20RightTop 6 med
Keegan Kolesar65Right Wing Power Forward188cm21RightBottom 6 med
Zach Whitecloud70Two-Way Defenseman188cm21RightTop 6 med
Zachary Fucale70Hybrid Goaltender188cm23LeftFringe Starter low
Dylan Ferguson59Hybrid Goaltender185cm19LeftFringe Starter med
Jordan Kooy58Hybrid Goaltender185cm18LeftAHL Starter high
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