Vegas Golden Knights fill out roster with National Hockey League expansion draft

Rufina Vignone
Giugno 26, 2017

"It's a good team", Knights defenseman and Las Vegas resident Deryk Engelland said.

Prior to the expansion draft, Golden Knights general manager George McPhee offered the other 30 National Hockey League teams a chance to sweeten the pot to keep him from selecting coveted unprotected players.

Vegas, which selected 30 players in its expansion draft Wednesday night, has three picks in each of the first two rounds.

In total, McPhee has seven selections in the first 75 picks in the draft, which begins today in Chicago with the first round.

"I'm so proud to be in Edmonton", McDavid said. “Why wait six years? "I can't thank Mike Johnston and the coaching staff (enough) and I think just confidence is a huge thing for me too".

Either Patrick or Hischier should go first overall, but your guess is as good as ours right now.

General Manager George McPhee calculated expansion picks focused on defensemen and selecting three-time Stanley Cup champion goaltender from the Pittsburgh Penguins Marc-Andre Fleury.

All of the Golden Knights' selections were announced during the National Hockey League awards show. To top it all off, it was a one-way contract, meaning that I got paid the same amount whether I was in the NHL or sent to the minor leagues.

The Golden Knights do not have a player who has previously been captain of a team, but they still have plenty of options based on experience.

Long term it might be best for the Golden Knights to struggle out of the gate anyway, so it's not like they even deserve much criticism, but the people who figured this team would be competitive right away seem to have gotten pretty far ahead of themselves. “You never really know what to expect, but they made some big splashes. The Golden Knights have a nice little core to build around with Nate Schmidt, Colin Miller, and Shea Theodore, but all three have played relatively sheltered minutes and are likely to be asked to do a whole lot more. "From the ticket drive to the hype around town, everywhere you go, you see Knights stuff everywhere". The Golden Knights also made a series of trades with other teams to dissuade Vegas from picking particular players, allowing them to stockpile draft picks and more talent.

The picks included defensemen Trevor van Riemsdyk and Brayden McNabb, forward Oscar Lindberg.

In true Las Vegas fashion, teams gambled, and it appears the house, in this case the Golden Knights, won.

What will that team look like when it takes the ice in early October?

First-round picks nearly always see action in the NHL - just 13 percent have not skated at least one game in the league - and, on average, are 50-point scorers if the pick is a forward. He more than tripled his output in just one season.

Now he was wearing a Golden Knights' hat and jersey as the newest member of the franchise.

Most of Vegas' roster unveilings Wednesday night were anticlimactic. "Definitely ready for that part of it". But the summer isn't over yet and the Golden Knights are bound to make some changes in the coming days, but let's say this is the lineup they start October with. He played with Shipachyov in Russian Federation, and the hope is he will eventually come to Las Vegas to play with him again.

“Its a different situation for everybody in here to come into a team where there is no team, ” said defenseman Jason Garrison, claimed from Tampa Bay.

When Murray suffered an injury during warmups of the first game of the playoffs, Fleury stepped in and would eventually lead his team to the Eastern Conference Final.

Forward Tomas Nosek was selected from the Detroit Red Wings, followed by two more forwards, Cody Eakin of the Dallas Stars and Jonathan Marchessault of the Florida Panthers.

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