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.
The Golden Knights were required to take at least one player from each team and a minimum of 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goaltenders in the expansion draft.
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Brannstrom passed Timothy Liljegren (who went to Toronto) as the best Swedish defender in this draft. He seems nearly certain to be the Golden Knights starter with two years on his contract. Making those agreements got Vegas forward prospect Alex Tuch from the Wild, defenseman Shea Theodore from the Ducks, unsigned forward prospect Nikita Gusev from the Lightning and the 15th pick and defensive prospect Jake Bischoff from NY.
He received a huge ovation when the pick was announced.
Casey Mittelstadt and Michael Rasmussen are both options at center who will likely be there for the Golden Knights, and Mississauga sniper Owen Trippett is a winger McPhee could look at. McPhee could trade Methot.
The best deal for Vegas was the one struck with the Florida Panthers, one of the clear losers of the expansion draft.
"I think it's been exciting for our franchise, exciting time for our scouts", said Shero, who was hired as New Jersey's general manager in May 2015. "What surprised me was the quality of some of our forwards that we were able to get out of this situation, moving players around".
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It all begins with their three first-round picks, who all lean heavily on the skill side.
The league also revealed the results of the Golden Knights' expansion draft to an arena filled with new fans of the NHL's 31st franchise.
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The wait is over, and the Vegas Golden Knights have finally picked their roster through the most intense expansion draft in National Hockey League history. Calvin Pickard from Colorado and Jean-Francois Berube from the New York Islanders are only 25, and each one could be Fleury's backup or trade bait.
The highlight of the draftees were three-time Stanley Cup-winning goalie from the Penguins, Marc-Andre Fleury, as well as Predators veteran forward James Neal. Talking to people around the rinks, they're excited about the team.
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. Even if Minnesota did have arrangements for them, it didn't seem like enough to let all their defencemen and Staal go unpicked. After a 2015-16 season which saw him score only 7 goals in 45 games played with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Marchessault tallied 30 goals in 72 games during the 2016-17 campaign with the Panthers. He was really happy with the way things went.
After meeting with the Board of Governors earlier in the day, Foley said he was already very proud of the roster assembled by McPhee. Via Cap Friendly, ten players selected will be unrestricted free agents after this season (including Neal and Marchessault). "I think there's a lot of good players that we selected and some young guys too".