Vegas selects Blues' Perron in expansion draft

On top of that, McPhee added seven extra players and 13 draft picks through trades.

Vegas landed a first rounder in 2017 and a second in 2019 from NY _ all to likely keep the Knights from selecting one of Brock Nelson, Calvin de Haan, or perhaps Ryan Strome. He had a 2.98 goals-against average with a.904 save percentage for the Colorado Avalanche last season.

Vegas had a number of notable picks including Jonathan Marchessault, James Neal, Marc Methot, David Perron, Alexei Emelin, Jason Garrison, Deryk Engelland, Brayden McNabb and Marc-Andre Fleury.

Vegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee answers questions ahead of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft at the Chicago Marriott Hotel on Thursday, June 22, 2017.

"I feel like we have created a great team and we can grow from here. tonight is the culmination of five mock drafts".

So, while there were not a lot of big surprises, there were enough to compile a "winners and losers" slideshow for your viewing pleasure. "You just want to establish a friendship and a culture right away, and it starts right now and leads into training camp and continues forward to the first game".

The Golden Knights also made deals made some deals to ensure some unprotected players were not selected in the expansion draft. He scored 18 goals and added 28 assists.

But the best was the deal with the Islanders, in which the Golden Knights passed on Strome and instead received goalie Jean-Francois Berube, centre Mikail Grabovski, defensive prospect Jake Bischoff and this year's first-round pick and a second-round pick in 2019. And so the best hope to build a solid, competitive team is to stockpile as many assets with as much upside as possible and hope that some pay off. The Golden Knights have decent depth at the position, but players like Cody Eakin, William Karlsson and Erik Haula would not suffice in a top-line, first power-play spot.

The Golden Knights' blue line is looking particularly healthy. Veteran goalie Marc-Andre Fleury of the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins was chosen in the final round exactly 14 years since he was originally drafted No. 1 overall in the 2003 NHL Draft.

Theodore, who turns 22 this August, was exempt from the draft process as a player had to be of a particular age or have a certain amount of National Hockey League or pro experience.

This group wins puck battles at an average rate, but when they get the puck they're far worse at exiting their own zone than the worst team in the National Hockey League past year.

"I didn't know that was coming", Fleury said about his new fans' enthusiasm. He played with Shipachyov in Russian Federation, and the hope is he will eventually come to Las Vegas to play with him again. "It's kind of been in the back of your mind since they announced the team".

Not taking Columbus forward Josh Anderson or goaltender Joonas Korpisalo and Winnipeg defenseman Toby Enstrom allowed Vegas to get a first-round pick and move up from 24th to 13th. The Knights will play their inaugural season starting in October. The blueline pairings, now led by Methot and Emelin, are a little better, but this is still a bunch of fourth defensemen, and they're going to get torn up by the league's better forwards.

McDavid finished with 30 goals and 100 points in the regular season and sparked his Oilers to a berth in the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2005-06.

The Golden Knights acquired defenceman Shea Theodore from the Anaheim Ducks. At the very least, it won't be like watching the Ottawa Senators go 10-70-4 in their expansion year.

  • Julie Sanders