Fleury leads Vegas Golden Knights' expansion draft choices


Fleury leads Vegas Golden Knights' expansion draft choices

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. "My wife's in town, so for a few days we'll be out shopping looking around to see where we should go".

The Knights probably won't be as bad initially as the expansion Atlanta Thrashers _ who managed a meagre 39 points in 1999 _ but more in line instead with the 2000 Blue Jackets and Wild franchises, which finished 22nd (tied) and 25th overall in their first seasons.

At least that was the reaction Fleury received as he received a standing ovation as he walked on stage at T-Mobile Arena in a Golden Knights jersey during Wednesday night's expansion draft reveal.

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. He won three Stanley Cups with the Penguins. They have surplus defensemen left over from the expansion draft that they need to trade.

Knights general manager George McPhee went heavy on defenders and short on high-end help in selecting 30 players at the first National Hockey League expansion draft in 17 years. The Vegas Golden Knights picked Marchessault in the expansion draft Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

George McPhee can't wait to fill the white board, the one in the Vegas Golden Knights' expansion draft room.

Not by a long shot.

The Golden Knights aren't ready to make any predictions yet, but once they get together in Vegas for the first time under coach Gerard Gallant, they'll start to figure out just how good they can be.

The Vegas Golden Knights drafted their inaugural team Wednesday night, selecting a player from each of the 30 other National Hockey League clubs as part of an expansion draft. The three-time Cup victor lost his starting job with the back-to-back champion Penguins, but he'll get to start over in the desert with two years on his contract.

Islanders fans can spin this as the going rate to protect players, but New York's front office might have given Vegas too much in an effort to keep its young defensemen - even if the idea is to package one or more of them for a top-six forward like Matt Duchene or Jordan Eberle.

“What surprised me was the quality of some of our forwards that we were able to get out of this situation, ” Foley said.

Joining him in the crease for Vegas are two inexperienced types: Calvin Pickard and Jean-Francois Berube, the latter formerly of the Islanders.

--Four extra second-rounders, one this year from Tampa Bay, two in 2019 from the New York Islanders and Columbus and one in 2020 from Pittsburgh.

The Golden Knights also announced additional acquisitions of a handful of veterans and free agents, including Anaheim defenseman Shea Theodore and Florida forward Reilly Smith. After choosing Deryk Engelland from Calgary, the Golden Knights announced a deal with the veteran defenseman, who still lives in Las Vegas during the offseason after playing for the ECHL's Las Vegas Wranglers a decade ago.

Some of the players Vegas took last night could be on the move, notably defensemen Marc Methot and Trevor van Riemsdyk.

Scouts are calling Glass the second-coming of Winnipeg's Mark Scheifele; Suzuki is a sniper who ranked fourth in the OHL with 45 goals; and while Brannstom is undersized for a defenceman, he more than makes up for it with an ability to produce offensively.

Perron returned to the Blues last season after signing a two-year contract.

Vegas needs to select 14 forwards, nine defencemen and three goaltenders.



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