Nicolas Roy praises the depth of the Golden Knights
The Vegas Golden Knights have scored a whopping 17 goals in their last three wins heading into Thursday night's game, and Nicolas Roy attributes the club's success to the depth of the roster.
The Nashville Predators and Minnesota Wild conceded five goals against the Nevada team, while the Anaheim Ducks gave up seven goals. During each of these victories, no player scored a double.
“It's pretty great,” Roy said on Thursday, a few hours before a duel against the San Jose Sharks. We know we have a lot of depth up front and even defensively, so it's good to see a lot of different players can score.”
Obviously, this contribution from all is made possible by Bruce Cassidy's manpower management, which rolls the lines on the ice almost equally. On Sunday, for example, Michael Amadio was the least used striker with 10:30, while Christopher Stephenson spent a high of 17:44 on the playing surface.
The trend is true also in defence, with a range of use varying between 18:30 and 22:58.
“When you look at the lines, and I believe that everyone plays approximately the same game time Bruce is confident in all combinations, and they can all score and be successful offensively, Roy argued. It's a big part of our squad, so hopefully we can continue that way.”
Obviously, some players will play more than others on a given night, but Cassidy's system allows for a healthy competition which has paid off so far. Indeed, the Knights are leading the Pacific Division.
“Of course, we want to push each other. Every night, a line stands out, and we play well.
Roy has so far totaled 10 goals and 23 points in 51 games this season.