Vegas takes advantage of National Hockey League expansion draft
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 22, 2017,
Jun 22, 2017, 17:25
The hockey world's eyes will be fixed on Las Vegas on Wednesday night when the league's newest franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights, reveal their expansion draft picks at the NHL Awards show at T-Mobile Arena.
After all the talk about the National Hockey League expansion draft, protected lists and the players who might be selected by the Vegas Golden Knights, the Carolina Hurricanes wound up losing a player who wasn't on their roster last season.
The Golden Knights also made deals made some deals to ensure some unprotected players were not selected in the expansion draft.
Vegas to open at Dallas • The expansion Vegas Golden Knights will make their regular-season debut in Dallas on October 6 and host Arizona on October 10 in the first home game in franchise history.
The Vegas Golden Knights finally have some players to put on the desert ice this fall.
Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury will be the team's most recognizable name, while the Blues' David Perron and the Predators' James Neal will give the team some goal-scoring experience if they stick around.
Vegas picked up three goalies, 14 forwards and 13 defensemen in the choices announced during the NHL's annual awards show.
Poile was recognized after the Predators' first Western Conference title and Stanley Cup Final appearance.
The expansion draft itself was mostly anticlimactic, as the names of numerous new Golden Knights had already leaked out. As of Wednesday night, Vegas had 12 picks in this year's draft, including three in the first round.
Even though the Raiders are not expected to move until 2020, Badain is already working on PR in their future city of Las Vegas.
Vegas will play its first two games on the road, visiting Arizona on October 7 before the second leg of an early back-to-back for coach Gerard Gallant's club. Vegas is simply selecting one of the available players that the Sharks did not protect ahead of the expansion draft. A few more rookies will join this weekend, and some players could still be traded.
"Talking to people around the rink or anywhere, they're excited for a team".
Side deals prevented the team from acquiring players such as Eric Staal and Matt Dumba.
The expansion draft affects every team in the league, so numerous stars convening in Vegas will be paying close attention to the names of the teammates they'll be losing to Sin City. So could some of the draft picks the Golden Knights did an incredible job harvesting.
"You just know that when you're having expansion, you're going to lose that one player and you try to do it in a way that doesn't hurt or damage your team", general manager Doug Wilson said.
Vegas emerged from the expansion draft with 15 defensemen, and McPhee alluded before the expansion draft to trading some of them.
George McPhee can't wait to fill the white board, the one in the Vegas Golden Knights' expansion draft room.
Varlamov's $5.9 million cap hit over the next two seasons also was reason the Golden Knights were believed to have zero interest in the Russian.