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White Rock’s Jason Garrison selected by Vegas in National Hockey League expansion draft

The expansion Vegas Golden Knights will make their regular-season debut on the road in Dallas on October 6 and host the Arizona Coyotes on October 10 in the first home game in franchise history.Fleury was then welcomed on stage wearing his new sweater and waving to a crowd that, apparently to his surprise, responded with the warmest ovation of the evening. “I’ll give it everything I’ve got to win some games and try to get into the community to meet people and spread the word about the Golden Knights”. 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. GM George McPhee isn’t an idiot.”We’re going to put our team together and we’ll watch it come to life in front of us”, McPhee said.”I thought it went really well”, said McPhee after the first round.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.No team has arguably studied the prospects in that group more than the Golden Knights staff. “It might have been an upgraded draft pick plus a player, all kinds of different situations”.In addition to Garrison and his $4.6 million cap hit, Vegas also acquired the rights to highly touted Lightning prospect Nikita Gusev, plus Tampa’s second-round pick in 2017 and fourth-round pick in 2018.Teams could protect seven forwards, three defencemen and one goaltender from exposure or eight skaters and a goalie.Overall it was the first step to building a prospect pipeline to Vegas.The goalie position is by far the one with the most talent headlined by three-time Stanley Cup Champion and former first overall pick Marc-Andre Fleury.Joining him in the crease for Vegas are two inexperienced types: Calvin Pickard and Jean-Francois Berube, the latter formerly of the Islanders.All of the Golden Knights’ selections were announced during the National Hockey League awards show. The Golden Knights got a Las Vegas resident who can help promote the franchise in its first season.The NHL’s 31st franchise ended up picking 13 on defence, including Methot, the long-time defence partner of Ottawa Senators captain and Norris trophy nominee, Erik Karlsson.Canadian teams lost several players in the expansion draft: Vancouver lost defenceman Luca Sbisa, Winnipeg gave up forward Chris Thorburn, Calgary had defenceman Deryk Engelland selected and Toronto forward Brendan Leipsic was also taken.The Knights aren’t expected to keep them all, though Engelland seems a sure bet. The 18-year-old starred for the Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League, where McCrimmon served as coach, general manager and owner before coming to Las Vegas.”My roots are here”, Engelland said. “They don’t have to fly back and forth anywhere and they get to stay in the school they’re already in”. For it to finally happen, it’s wonderful. But that’s not likely to be the case here with the Knights preferring to load up on assets that will help in the construction of a more sustainable victor down the line. In those trades, he obtained 10 total draft picks, five in this year’s draft alone, which begins Friday in Chicago.Fleury was selected 29th for the Knights.Trades can still happen and the National Hockey League free agency period begins on July 1 at noon. From the Blue Jackets, the Knights received the 24th pick in 2017 and a second-rounder in 2019.McPhee accidentally revealed the pick from Dallas _ Cody Eakin _ ahead of the one from Detroit. Grabovski, also 33, has one year and $5 million remaining on his contract and has not played since 2015-16 because of a concussion. Vegas submitted their list of with four minutes to spare before Wednesday’s 10 a.m. ET deadline.