Via Cap Friendly, ten players selected will be unrestricted free agents after this season (including Neal and Marchessault).
Goaltenders Jean-Francois Berube (NY Islanders), Marc-Andre Fleury (Pittsburgh), Calvin Pickard (Colorado).
"I'm speechless", Hischier said. I don't know where I'll be in six years.
Vegas has 10 more picks on Saturday, so the Golden Knights still have several moves to make to fill out their prospect pool (which also includes Alex Tuch, who was a trade return in the expansion draft). Sorry, Marc-Andre, but everybody loves you, buddy.
So now the Golden Knights not only have a roster, but have a lot of assets to deal, if they choose to do so.
With the obvious caveat that the roster is going to change between now and opening night-and the subcaveat that it'll be the decent players who are most likely to be traded, making the roster even weaker-that is a bad, bad team.
Here's the amusing part: When told Thursday about a Deadspin article entitled "Wow The Golden Knights Are Going To Be Bad", an evaluation of the team's expansion draft, general manager George McPhee didn't oppose all points.
At 10:15 p.m. Eastern time, the Pittsburgh Penguins' goaltender of 14 years, the holder of most of the franchise's records, the holder of much of a city's collective heart, was formally selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the NHL's Expansion Draft.
Thousands of fans braved 116-degree afternoon heat to gather on the south end of the Strip for the unique combination of the awards show and the chance to learn the identities of the home team's first National Hockey League veterans.
--A third-rounder in 2019 from Winnipeg, fourth-rounder in 2018 from Tampa Bay, fifth-rounder this year from Carolina and sixth-rounder this year from the Sabres to stay away from Linus Ullmark.
This comes after the NHL's newest team made its expansion draft selections during Wednesday's awards show.
Fleury is the main man for that job.
Armed with three first round picks Nos. "What surprised me was the quality of some of our forwards that we were able to get out of this situation, moving players around. If I can share a little bit about my experience, my playoff experience, hopefully I can help out my teammates". "For Cody and Henri, as well as their families and our organization this has been a very exciting day".
While about half of the picks at forward look good, the defence is another story.
"I was reading a lot about what was happening with the team, with the staff, with the organization", Fleury said. "It has been a fantastic experience", said owner Bill Foley. After playing 50 games with the Avs last season, he's probably the only player that can say going to Vegas could be a step up.
Fleury's wife Veronique is with him, and he won't be emotionally alone in the dressing room either when training camp opens. Neal, Perron and the two former Panthers, Marchessault and Smith, are among the few current forwards with any kind of scoring track record in the National Hockey League.
It's not about the player but the players the Knights didn't take - Michael Grabner, Antti Raanta and Jesper Fast.
The Golden Knights even added local flavor by drafting and signing rugged defenseman Deryk Engelland, who has lived in Las Vegas ever since he played minor-league hockey there from 2003-05. He played with Shipachyov in Russian Federation, and the hope is he will eventually come to Las Vegas to play with him again.
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