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NHL Draft is big night for the Golden Knights

Formerly of the lowly Colorado Avalanche, Pickard was the first named Knight with selections revealed in reverse order of last season’s standings.Prior to the expansion draft, Golden Knights general manager George McPhee offered the other 30 National Hockey League teams a chance to sweeten the pot to keep him from selecting coveted unprotected players.In addition to the 30 players added via expansion draft, the Golden Knights also added seven more players and 10 draft picks through 10 trades. Of the players left unprotected, Vegas was to select one unprotected player from each team.None of them were selected by the Golden Knights, who chose defenseman Luca Sbisa from the parent Vancouver Canucks.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.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).Poile was recognized after the Predators’ first Western Conference title and Stanley Cup Final appearance.There are two schools of thought when compiling an expansion team. Via Cap Friendly, ten players selected will be unrestricted free agents after this season (including Neal and Marchessault).After meeting with the board of governors earlier in the day, Knights chairman and CEO Bill Foley said he was already “very proud” of the roster assembled by McPhee.It had been a long 12 months for the Vegas Golden Knights general manager, who had spent the past year running countless mock expansion drafts in preparation for this moment. “To have the fans and the community behind us, I think it will be fun”. He played in parts of five seasons with the Swift Current Broncos and the Kootenay Ice, playing a total of 238 games collecting 118 goals and 121 assists.The NHL’s announced objective was to help the Golden Knights become competitive more quickly than expansion teams of the past. And players were in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft but were not signed by an NHL team are also eligible for 2017 draft provided they were born after June 30, 1997. Much better to do what McPhee did, and accept picks in exchange for agreeing not to take actual useful players.Fleury took the stage in a Golden Knights jersey to a standing ovation from the team’s fans.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 teams first National Hockey League veterans.”It’s really hard to believe we’re here now with this list”, said McPhee.Besides just shooting, the Golden Knights, as now constructed, are going to have trouble with pre-shot movement next year, ranking 24th in the league in completed passes to the slot and 29th in passes off the rush. The Penguins visit the Chicago Blackhawks on October 5 in a matchup of the only teams to win the Cup three times in the salary-cap era. The NHL Entry Draft begins on Friday night with the first round of selections.This is where McPhee spared no expense, even as he picked up assets for not taking Minnesota’s Matt Dumba or Marco Scandella, Anaheim’s Sami Vatanen or Josh Manson, Tampa Bay’s Slater Koekkoek or Jake Dotchin or the Islanders’ Calvin de Haan or Thomas Hickey.For that to happen, the team needs players that can grow with the team. “I really liked the guys in the room and I started to think I could trust them with my career and where I want to go and what I want to accomplish in hockey”.