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NHL: Stephenson enjoying Vegas life

Forward Chandler Stephenson has scored an NHL career-high 38 points (12 goals, 26 assists) in 41 games this season, and says he is enjoying the responsibility given to him by the Vegas Golden Knights.

The Golden Knights, 15/2 to win the Stanley Cup in 2021/22, acquired the 27-year-old in December 2019 from the Washington Capitals for a fifth-round pick in the 2021 NHL draft.

Bit-part role in Washington

With the Capitals, who drafted him in the third-round of the 2012 NHL draft, Stephenson found opportunities limited, mostly playing a third or fourth-line centre role behind Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov.

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His best points tally with the Capitals came in 2017/18 when he registered 18 in 67 regular season games (six goals, 12 assists) and seven points in 24 playoff appearances (two goals, five assists) helping Washington to win the Stanley Cup.

With the Golden Knights, Stephenson was quickly promoted to a first-line centre role and in each season has improved on his best regular season points tally with the Capitals, culminating in the 38 achieved this season which leads Vegas. 

Fresh start paying off

The Canadian helped the Golden Knights to a 1-0 shutout win against Washington on Tuesday to take their Pacific Division-leading record to 24-15-2.

Stephenson said to the media about his move: "It was kind of a clean slate, just kind of doing what I know what to do and being myself.

"Just getting that opportunity with Vegas and, obviously, kind of growing my game and that confidence and everything like that has been really good."

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