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Sharks 5, Golden Knights 3: 3 Impressions

Vegas finishes its preseason 3-3-1

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

The Golden Knight showed some life in coming back from a 3-1 deficit, but a Nick DeSimone goal 10:51 into the third period paced a 5-3 San Jose victory.

Here are three immediate takeaways from Sunday's game.

1. Glad it's over

By this point in the exhibition schedule, players are ready to just start playing games that count.

Preseason was fun, but it's time to move on.

Sunday's 5-3 loss secured a 3-3-1 preseason record for the Golden Knights. But really, it doesn't count for much.

It will count the next time the Golden Knights play. That will be when the regular season opens on Friday in Dallas.

 

2. Offensive star Colin Miller?

Colin Miller has never been known as a big offensive contributor. He has a grand total of nine career goals in 103 games with the Bruins, and has never been expected to contribute a lot of points.

Although Miller scored his second goal in as many games on Sunday.

 

Video: SJS@VGK: Miller buries Eakin's setup to even game

 

Yes, Miller has never been an offensive threat at the NHL level. But it should be worth noting that as an AHL All-Star in 2014-15, he set that league's record by shooting 105.5 MPH in that year's Skills Competition.

So while it may be unfair to expect him to be a major offensive threat throughout the season, perhaps he'll score a bit more than expected?

He's looked good so far.

 

Video: COL@VGK: Miller rifles one-timer past Varlamov

 

3. Now we wait

Several players who figure to be on the roster bubble played on Sunday.

Alex Tuch, a 21-year-old former first-round pick of the Minnesota Wild, has been one of the most impressive players throughout training camp. He finished Sunday without a goal, but was a +1.

Is this enough to make the regular-season roster? We'll see on Tuesday, when George McPhee submits his roster to the NHL.

Ditto for Shea Theodore.

Theodore is a former first-round pick of the Anaheim Ducks in 2013. This defenseman seems to have done everything possible to make this team.

But Vegas has a crowded blue line, and Theodore is one of the few defensemen who doesn't require waivers to be sent to AHL Chicago.

So while conventional wisdom suggests Theodore is a shoo-in to make the NHL roster, the business of hockey could possibly get in the way.

Although if Sunday is any indication, this player has proven he belongs at the NHL level to start the season.

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