In 2017-18, Jonathan Marchessault was out to prove the Vegas Golden Knights right for selecting him in the Expansion Draft and relying on him as one of the team's top offensive producers.
He achieved that goal with career highs in assists (48) and points (75). In 2018-19, Marchessault showed that his first year in Vegas was no fluke.
During his second season as a Golden Knight, Marchessault led the club in goals (25), assists (34), points (59), power-play points (16), shots (278) and game-winning goals (six).
From the drop of the puck on Oct. 4 against the Philadelphia Flyers until the final horn sounded in Game 7 against the Sharks, Marchessault was in the thick of Vegas' offense. He scored the team's first goal of the year at 6:37 of the first period against the Flyers and the group's last goal of the year at 19:13 of the third in San Jose. Between those book-end goals, Marchessault was a driving force for the Golden Knights all season long.
Video: PHI@VGK: Marchessault picks the corner on Elliott
Marchessault further demonstrated his consistency by producing six different three-game point streaks during the season. He notched four points (2G, 2A) in the first three games of the season. When the Golden Knights traveled east to face the New York Islanders (Dec. 12), New Jersey Devils (Dec. 14) and New York Rangers (Dec. 16), Marchessault recorded one goal and three assists to help Vegas put together a 2-0-1 stretch against those opponents.
His most productive stretch of the season came from March 17-21 when Marchessault collected seven points (4G, 3A) in three games. He put up consecutive two-goal games against the Edmonton Oilers and San Jose Sharks and racked up a +8 rating during that stretch.
Video: EDM@VGK: Marchessault nets second goal early in 3rd
On Oct. 28 at T-Mobile Arena, Marchessault stormed in on a breakaway in overtime looking to lift the Golden Knights to a win against the Ottawa Senators. He was hooked by eventual teammate Mark Stone and was awarded the first penalty shot of his career. Marchessault made no mistake on the penalty shot opportunity and sent the Vegas fans home happy with an unforgettable ending to a 4-3 win.
Video: OTT@VGK: Marchessault wins it in OT on penalty shot
Midway through the second period on Jan. 19 in a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Marchessault and the Golden Knights were in the midst of a 3-3 tie. Marchessault scored twice in the second period to help Vegas take control of the game and he added an empty-net goal in the final minute to polish off the second hat trick of his career and first as a Golden Knight.
Video: PIT@VGK: Marchessault leads Vegas to win with hatty
As he looks ahead to the 2019-20 season, Marchessault is happy but not satisfied with what he and the team have accomplished in two years as a franchise. He said he's always looking for more from himself and his teammates.
"As long as I'm living and playing in the NHL, I will never be satisfied on what we accomplished as a team," Marchessault said. "I think we should always want more, and I think in the locker room there is a lot of character. There is a lot of people that want more, and we all want to get better. We all want to help each other be better, and we have the same goal. When everybody has the same goal in the same group, we can do some damage and I think we will do some damage next year."