Roundtable: We like Vegas’ chances to reach the Stanley Cup Final — and maybe even win it all

Victoria Matiash, fantasy columnist: Two years ago, Leicester City Football Club blew away the global sports world by winning England’s Premier League title for the first time in its 132-year history. Just months earlier, bookmakers’ odds on that happening were set at 5,000-1. By comparison, the Vegas Golden Knights were listed at 200-1 to win the Stanley Cup ahead of their inaugural season — by betting scale, a relatively level stroll through the park. While soccer isn’t hockey, the point is this stuff happens in all competition. It’s why we watch.
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The nuts and bolts appear to be there for Vegas. Even those more skeptical — including yours truly, who picked the Los Angeles Kings to win their first-round series in six games — have to admit that the Knights sport the preliminary markings Authentic Mike Gartner Jersey of a playoff winner.

He totaled 60 tackles, one interception, eight passes broken up and a forced fumble in 2017. Fitzpatrick is versatile, with coverage skills 鈥?he can play nickel corner over slot receivers and cover tight ends in man-to-man 鈥?as well as be the deep free safety center fielder.

He had 84 tackles with 11 passes broken up and two INTs in 2017. In the NFL, he’ll fit best as a strong safety as a tough presence in the box.

The Chiefs don’t draft until the 54th overall pick, but since taking over for John Dorsey last summer, Veach has proved aggressive in his approach. He has made several deals, including sending Smith to Washington and Peters to the Rams.

Sam Koch Elite Jersey Veach said his aggressive approach is just kind of who I am.

Thus, the Chiefs will have their eyes and ears open during the three-day draft, ready and willing to deal.

I think all cards are on the table, Veach said. If there’s that guy who we thought was a top-10 pick, and he’s there at 28, we have to be a least prepared and we have to have dialogue throughout this process. That’s why we have to start calling teams now and letting them know that we’re always open for business.

The Saints wasted little time: as soon as Pete Rozelle greeted everyone to what was still officially known as the NFL’s Selection Meeting they picked Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers out of South Carolina, to no one’s surprise. The Giants’ table at the Sheraton sprung to life. Team PR director Ed Croke theatrically tore up the index card with Rogers written on it, and handed another to Jim Heffernan of the NFL office.