The Vegas Golden Knights opened up their 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs by getting outplayed by the San Jose Sharks, losing 5-2 on the road.
Their last meeting in the regular season on March 30th featured a verbal altercation between Golden Knights winger Ryan Reaves and Sharks winger Evander Kane.
Kane repeatedly called Reaves the Golden Knights' "babysitter", and repeated the phrase in their Game 1 match up on Wednesday night, to which Reaves had a great response.
Evander Kane has been calling Ryan Reaves "the Golden Knights babysitter," so I asked Ryan about it. pic.twitter.com/1Pj50rxfSP— Jesse Granger (@JesseGranger_) April 12, 2019
Ryan Reaves makes almost $2.8 million dollars a year and still has another year on his contract. If he was the babysitter of the team, Reaves' statement would most likely be true, but in reality, Reaves is much more than a babysitter.
While he doesn't always show up in the stat sheet, Reaves offers much more than veteran experience.
Congratulations to Ryan Reaves for winning the fan vote for the Seventh Player Award presented by GEICO!— x-Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) April 5, 2019
He exceeded expectations this season by posting new career-highs in goals (9), assists (11) and points (20)! pic.twitter.com/OHhbB4bW9p
Ryan Reaves received the fan voted Seventh Player Award for the Vegas Golden Knights, and that was not only because he's a fan-favorite in Vegas. Reaves gives the Knights even more character than they already had, and provides a spark when his team needs it most.
For instance, in last years playoffs, he came onto the ice hitting anybody he could get a body on, registering 37 hits in 10 games, as well as being a morale boost for the team. He scored two goals last postseason, one of which sent the Golden Knights to the Stanley Cup Final.