NHL: Shero, Devils hold top draft choice
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 21:56
T-Mobile Arena will be filled with thousands of fans as they celebrate the acquisition of new players to add to the knights' roster and welcome the city's team.
"We're going to put our team together and we'll watch it come to life in front of us", McPhee said. They now have 13 draft picks for the upcoming draft, including three in the first and three in the second.
The 32-year-old Fleury, who won a Stanley Cup title with the Pittsburgh Penguins this season, was the second to last player announced. The Sharks brought in Schlemko to give their third pairing some mobility after Roman Polak's lack of foot speed got exposed in the 2016 Stanley Cup Final against the speedy Pittsburgh Penguins.
"Obviously when (Vladimir Sobotka) came back and how the playoffs went for me individually, I wasn't sure - I knew there was a chance", Perron said. "That was a warm welcome. I can't guarantee what will get done, but it gives us cap space to do that". "I guess we'll see if something else happens".
The Golden Knights were coerced into selecting unproven goalie J.F. Berube from the Islanders and, in a side deal, took the Islanders first-round pick in the 2017 draft, their second-round pick in the 2019 draft and prospect Jake Bischoff. He was followed by 27-year-old Vancouver Canucks defenseman Luca Sbisa, Arizona forward Teemu Pulkkinen and New Jersey Devils defenseman Jon Merrill.
Vegas chose three goalies, 14 forwards and 13 defensemen, including Trevor van Riemsdyk and Brayden McNabb. They announced a deal with former Calgary defenseman Deryk Engelland, who still lives in Las Vegas during the offseason after playing for the ECHL's Las Vegas Wranglers a decade ago.
The Golden Knights were allowed to reveal certain trades made with other teams to dissuade Vegas from picking particular players, and additional deals are likely to be revealed throughout the week. Ottawa lost Marc Methot, Erik Karlsson's defensive partner, and Karlsson was filming it on his iPhone as it was announced.
It meant that numerous selected forwards fell into the journeymen/minor-leaguer category, players who will make a minimal impact on their salary structure: David Perron (St. Louis Blues), William Karlsson (Columbus Blue Jackets) Oscar Lindberg (New York Rangers), Cody Eakin (Dallas), Tomas Nosek (Detroit Red Wings), Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (Philadelphia Flyers), Teemu Pulkkinen (Arizona Coyotes), William Carrier (Buffalo Sabres) and Connor Brickley (Carolina Hurricanes).
Vegas Golden Knights: The team had to pay $500 million to join the league, so Vegas was always meant to be the biggest victor in this expansion draft. Perhaps that was why Vegas traded for 21-year-olds Alex Tuch and Shea Theodore, as well as selected 13 other players who are 25 or younger. Instead, they selected left winger William Carrier and a sixth-rounder from the Sabres.
"We had two objectives going into this", McPhee said. Vegas will be his third National Hockey League team.
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. At least 20 of those players must be under contract for the 2017-18 season with average annual salaries that add up to at least $43.8 million, or 60 percent of the salary cap for the upcoming season. Seven teams opted for the latter approach; one of them, the Islanders, were the only team to protect five defensemen.
Unlike the past two years, when Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews went No. 1 overall and immediately had a huge impact on their new teams, there doesn't appear to be a transcendent talent at the top of the draft.