Fleury leads Vegas Golden Knights' expansion draft choices

Fleury leads Vegas Golden Knights' expansion draft choices

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By the time the National Hockey League entry draft concludes Saturday afternoon in Chicago, numerous players and draft picks selected by the Knights on Wednesday will be sent packing to other teams as general manager George McPhee begins transforming an abundance of unprotected, unsigned and unproven players into a competitive, 23-man roster by the time the Knights open the season on October 6 in Dallas. Thousands of those fans are expected to gather at T-Mobile Arena after the expansion draft for a raucous "Round Table Rally" to celebrate the Golden Knights' first major acquisitions.

"It's really hard to believe we're here now with this list", said McPhee.

The team has been very active in trading players for draft picks and vice versa. "I just wanted to be more consistent throughout the year and I think that's what I did".

With forwards Brock Nelson, Ryan Strome and Josh Bailey or restricted free agent blueliner Calvin de Haan available for the taking, the Islanders made Vegas an offer they couldn't refuse: a first-round pick in 2017 (15th overall) and a second-round pick in 2019 and defenseman Jake Bischoff so the Knights would take on minor-league goaltender J-F Berube and forward Mikhail Grabovski.

"We expect the draft will produce a lot of good National Hockey League players, and we want to get as many of those as possible", assistant general manager Kelly McCrimmon said.

The Golden Knights had center Cody Glass rated in their top five and got him at No. 6.

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The franchise has already gotten their pick of veterans from this past weeks expansion draft and the young talent continues to grow from some of the games top prospects in the NHL Entry Draft. So could some of the draft picks the Golden Knights did an incredible job harvesting. Even if Minnesota did have arrangements for them, it didn't seem like enough to let all their defencemen and Staal go unpicked.

Even after trading Trevor van Riemsdyk to Carolina and David Schlemko to Montreal, Vegas has about a dozen defencemen and more than 20 forwards on a roster that has to be paired down to 23 names by the start of the season. Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion tried to make a deal with the Knights so they would lay off Methot, but he was unwilling to part with his first-round pick in 2018.

Last season, he signed a one-year, two-way contract with Pittsburgh. "They don't have to fly back and forth anywhere and they get to stay in the school they're already in".

"I don't think I was a real high prospect to start the year", Glass said, per Wyman. Vegas' expansion draft choices certainly appear to form a team that could make noise in the Pacific Division. And it's pretty clear the Golden Knights have pegged you as their poster boy.

All but four teams in the Western Conference recorded more than 83 points last season. "I didn't have a team to look after this year, so I could find time to go out and watch players and be involved in it".

William Carrier, a 22-year-old left winger, was then chosen from the Buffalo Sabres, who also traded the Golden Knights a sixth-round pick for the 2017 draft to keep the expansion club away from another unprotected player.

Host John Matisz is joined by Matthew Coller, NHL writer for ESPN Insider and Wild analyst for 1500 ESPN, to recap and assess the Vegas expansion draft just hours after its completion. They now have 13 draft picks for the upcoming draft, including three in the first and three in the second.