Meet the Vegas Golden Knights' expansion draft roster
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 26, 2017,
Jun 26, 2017, 9:34
Stanley Cup-winning goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, defensemen Marc Methot and Alexei Emelin, 30-goal scorer Jonathan Marchessault and veteran forwards David Perron and James Neal are among the veterans selected by the Golden Knights in the National Hockey League expansion draft Wednesday night. Many assumed the Golden Knights would go for Hudon, who has limited NHL experience but showed potential by scoring 27 goals in 56 American Hockey League games last season.
Canadian teams lost several players in the expansion draft: Vancouver lost defenceman Luca Sbisa, Winnipeg gave up forward Chris Thorburn, Calgary had defenceman Deryk Engelland selected and Toronto forward Brendan Leipsic was also taken.
The Golden Knights added a pair of physical defensemen in Marc Methot of the Ottawa Senators and Alexei Emelin from the Montreal Canadiens along with Boston Bruins defenseman Colin Miller, who has registered a slap shot measured at 105 miles per hour.
I will leave it to others to analyze how the Vegas Golden Knights fared in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft.
GMs often talk about building a team down the middle and Vegas acquired two centers in the first round.
"Let's do it earlier", Marc-Andre Fleury said Thursday.
"I think it will be great", said Engelland, who played two seasons for the Las Vegas Wranglers in the ECHL, where he met his wife.
Poile was recognized after the Predators' first Western Conference title and Stanley Cup Final appearance. "It's kind of been in the back of your mind since they announced the team".
The Golden Knights needed to balance out their lineup between young and veteran players while taking on at least league minimum salary, not to mention respecting side deals they made with numerous clubs to stay away from certain unprotected players. He says his favorite player is Duncan Keith of the Chicago Blackhawks but many scouts say he plays more like Kevin Shattenkirk though.
Another sleeper and perhaps the steal of the draft is Klim Kostin who was ranked as the number 1 rated European skater coming into the draft by NHL Central Scouting.
At pick number six, McPhee selected 18-year-old Cody Glass for the team's first ever entry pick.
The expansion draft was a triumph of organization and strategy. Vegas' expansion draft choices - along with handful of players signed before the draft, most notably coveted Russian center Vadim Shipachyov out of the KHL - certainly appear to form a team that could make noise in the Pacific. 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.
Carolina is also "in the mix" for Duchene, per Pagnotta, but the biggest question is just what the Avalanche will end up commanding for the 26-year-old target.
"I didn't really see that as a hockey place when I went there, but now, with the new team and the fans and season tickets sold out, I think hockey will be unbelievable", Glass said. Much better to do what McPhee did, and accept picks in exchange for agreeing not to take actual useful players. The Nords were owned at the time by Carling O'Keefe - the beer company - and my first day as a Nord in training camp actually ended with being forced to share an O'Keefe's beer as a peacemaking gesture with Wally Weir in general manager Maurice Filion's office after Weier and I had a vicious fight and he kneed my in the face (I'll tell that story in my upcoming autobiography; there was a lot of back-story and intrigue to it).
The Tampa Bay Lightning have announced the full schedule and tentative roster for their 2017 development camp, which begins on Tuesday at the Brandon Ice Sports Forum. You can't win the Cup every year. He played in Sweden last season, and said he considers himself a smart player but needs to improve defensively.
"It's still sinking in but I'm really excited".
Fleury now seems nearly certain to be the Golden Knights' starter with two years on his contract.