Quarterbacks and Crosschecks: In sports, most of the time, if not all of the time, a franchises first season is awful. Not only is it awful, but that franchise usually takes a few years to really get going and start competing. In 1974-75, the Washington Capitals debuted as a franchise, and they went 8-67-5, which only tailed them with a grand total of 21 points. Look over in the NBA when the Vancouver Grizzlies, who no longer exist, went 15-67 in 1995-96 during their first season.
The NFL had the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who went 0-14 during their first season in 1976 and the MLB had the 1962 New York Mets, who went a dreadful 40-120. The point is that if your a brand new franchise, chances are your first season or two, are going to be down right dreadful.
Although there are exceptions, like the 1995 Carolina Panthers who went 7-9, the 1993-94 Florida Panthers who finished with 83 points and this years Las Vegas Golden Knights who tore up the NHL. Vegas has been unreal this year, finishing the season with a whopping 109 points and winning the Pacific division.
They were one of the best teams in the NHL all year, lead by William Karlsson, who scored 43 goals in the regular season, and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury who saved 92% of the shots he faced this year. The Golden Knights are a Cinderella team for the ages, even though they are filled with good players. All year long everyone thought that it was just a fluke, that they would come back down to earth, but that never happened, they just kept on winning.
They continued the best inaugural season by any team in sports history by sweeping the L.A Kings in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Even though every game was decided by one goal, Vegas was able to breeze through a tough and proven L.A Kings squad. There are a lot of doubters about the Golden Knights, but there sweep in the first has showed that they are more than capable at making a deep run. The Golden Knights could cap off there improbable run into a Stanley Cup victory, but only time will tell.