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Who Is The Golden Knights' most dangerous offensive player?

Here are the arguments for William Karlsson, James Neal and Jonathan Marchessault.

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

With 3.54 goals per game, the Golden Knights have the highest scoring offense in the Western Conference.

For a team to produce offense like this, it clearly requires significant individual performances, which Vegas has certainly had in spades. But which individual has had the most impact?

Who is the Golden Knights' most dangerous offensive player?

We invite you to join the conversation on Twitter as we discuss.

Here are the arguments for William Karlsson, James Neal and Jonathan Marchessault.

William Karlsson

Stats: 20 goals and 33 points in 37 games while centering Vegas' top offensive line.

 

Video: TOR@VGK: Karlsson completes Vegas' first hat trick

 

Scoring the first hat trick in Golden Knights history during Sunday's 6-3 win vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs, William Karlsson has certainly had the hot hand as of late. Karlsson was named the NHL's Second Star of the Week for this past week after scoring four goals in three games, and he now leads Vegas with 20 for the season. With 33 points in 37 games, he ranks second on the team in points.

James Neal

 

Video: TBL@VGK: Neal buries wrist shot down low for PPG

 

Stats: Second on the team with 17 goals, and on pace to finish with 30-or-more goals for the second time in three season.

While Karlsson leads the Golden Knights in goals, he was in fact tied with James Neal prior to Sunday's hat trick vs. the Maple Leafs. Neal's impressive start was aided by a torrid start in which he scored six goals in his first four games as a Golden Knight. Although he hasn't scored in the last four games, Neal's hot streaks, as witnessed earlier in the season, have the ability to carry a team on his back. And he had a three-game goal streak in the middle of December. With the ability to break out at any time, Neal is the most established scorer on the team and is having one of his finest seasons.

Jonathan Marchessault

 

Video: TOR@VGK: Marchessault scores off Karlsson's pass

 

Stats: Leads the Golden Knights with 36 points.

While Karlsson and Neal have gotten most of the headlines this season, Jonathan Marchessault has emerged as the team's leading point scorer. He started the season slow with no points in his first three games and missed three games due to injury in mid-October, but hasn't slowed down since. He has at least one point in 19 of the past 31 games since returning from injury and has four goals and six assists during Vegas' seven-game winning streak. This includes assisting on three goals by Karlsson, as this duo -along with linemate Reilly Smith- have become a bona fide force as a trio.

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