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

Can you take the Vegas Golden Knights to glory with this roster?


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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. 

Jonathan Marchessault, Right Wing, 86 OVR

Age: 27
Role: Playmaker
Height: 175cm
Weight: 79kg
Shoots: Right
Best 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

Age: 23
Role: Two-Way
Height: 188cm
Weight: 88kg
Shoots: Left
Best 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

Age: 33
Role: Hybrid
Height: 188cm
Weight: 82kg
Shoots: Left
Best 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 Pacioretty

86

Left Wing Sniper

188cm

29

Left

90 Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power, Wrist Shot Accuracy

William Karlsson

85

Two-Way Center

185cm

25

Left

90 Deking, Hand-Eye. 89 Passing, Puck Control, Offensive Awareness, Acceleration, Agility

Reilly Smith

84

Right Wing Sniper

183cm

27

Left

88 Deking, Hand-Eye, Passing, Puck Control, Discipline, Offensive Awareness, Acceleration, Agility, Speed, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Accuracy

Nate Schmidt

83

Two-Way Defenseman

185cm

27

Left

88 Endurance, Speed, Shot Blocking, Stick Checking

Paul Stastny

83

Playmaker Center

183cm

32

Left

90 Discipline. 88 Offensive Awareness, Passing, Puck Control, Stick Checking

Brayden McNabb

83

Two-Way Defenseman

193cm

27

Left

88 Defensive Awareness, Balance, Slap Shot Power, Body Checking, Strength

Erik Haula

82

Playmaker Center

183cm

27

Left

90 Acceleration, Speed. 88 Deking, Agility, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Accuracy

Alex Tuch

82

Right Wing Power Forward

193cm

22

Right

88 Strength, Balance. 87 Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power

Colin Miller

82

Two-Way Defenseman

185cm

25

Right

88 Deking, Acceleration, Agility, Speed

Jon Merrill

81

Defensive Defenseman

191cm

26

Left

88 Shot Blocking. 87 Stick Checking, Balance, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power, Body Checking, Strength

Deryk Engelland

80

Defensive Defenseman

188cm

36

Right

89 Balance, Aggressiveness, Body Checking, Strength

Oscar Lindberg

79

Playmaker Center

185cm

26

Left

87 Discipline, Acceleration, Agility, Speed

Cody Eakin

79

Two-Way Center

183cm

27

Left

87 Stick Checking, Acceleration, Agility, Speed

Ryan Reaves

78

Right Wing Grinder

185cm

31

Right

93 Aggressiveness. 92 Balance, Body Checking, Strength

Tomas Nosek

78

Two-Way Center

191cm

26

Left

87 Strength, Discipline, Balance

William Carrier

77

Left Wing Sniper

188cm

23

Left

87 Slap Shot Power. 86 Wrist Shot Power, Acceleration, Balance, Speed, Strength

Ryan Carpenter

76

Two-Way Right Wing

183cm

27

Right

86 Discipline, Durability. 85 Acceleration, Agility, Speed, Slap Shot Power, Wrist Shot Power, Strength

Daniel Carr

76

Left Wing Sniper

183cm

26

Left

87 Discipline. 85 Acceleration, Agility, Speed, Slap Shot Power, Aggressiveness

David Clarkson

70

Right Wing Grinder

183cm

34

Right

90 Aggressiveness, Body Checking. 87 Strength, Balance

Malcolm Subban

81

Hybrid Goaltender

188cm

24

Left

90 Agility, Speed. 86 Glove Low, Stick Low, Recover

Cody Glass, Center, 71 OVR

Age: 19
Role: Two-Way
Height: 185cm
Weight: 75kg
Shoots: Right
Potential: 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 Corcoran

57

Two-Way Defenseman

185cm

18

Right

7th D med

Xavier Bouchard

58

Two-Way Defenseman

188cm

18

Right

7th D med

Jonas Rondbjerg

58

Two-Way Right Wing

183cm

19

Left

Top 9 med

Jake Leschyshyn

60

Two-Way Center

180cm

19

Left

AHL Top 6 high

Ben Jones

61

Two-Way Center

183cm

19

Left

Bottom 6 med

Lukas Elvenes

62

Two-Way Right Wing

183cm

19

Left

Top 9 med

Erik Brannstrom

64

Offensive Defenseman

178cm

19

Left

Top 4 med

Nicolas Hague

65

Defensive Defenseman

196cm

19

Left

Top 4 med

Dylan Coghlan

61

Two-Way Defenseman

188cm

20

Right

Top 6 med

Keegan Kolesar

65

Right Wing Power Forward

188cm

21

Right

Bottom 6 med

Zach Whitecloud

70

Two-Way Defenseman

188cm

21

Right

Top 6 med

Zachary Fucale

70

Hybrid Goaltender

188cm

23

Left

Fringe Starter low

Dylan Ferguson

59

Hybrid Goaltender

185cm

19

Left

Fringe Starter med

Jordan Kooy

58

Hybrid Goaltender

185cm

18

Left

AHL Starter high

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