The Vegas Golden Knights are an anomaly. The NHL's expansion entry for this season is tied for their divisional and conference leads through 30 games. Bizarre!
Although they were blessed with a much more relaxed NHL expansion draft and a lot of good players to choose from, their record is astonishing.
Jonathan Marchessault is their leading point producer at 31, sitting 27th in the league and who would have imagined James Neal as their leading goal scorer with 17.
Making their record even more remarkable is starting goaltender Marc Andre Fleury was concussed for an extended period and their netminding injury situation was so bad they had to call up Dylan Ferguson from the Kamloops Blazers.
All this points to brilliant drafting by GM George McPhee and his staff as well as the ingenious hiring of Gerard Gallant as head coach.
The thriving Golden Knights probably has Seattle smitten Commissioner Gary Bettman jumping up and down like a baby goat over the prospect of adding a deep-pocketed Pacific-Northwestern team to the fold.
However, don't expect the Seattle whomevers to have the same kind of success.