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.
The Knights waited until the fourth round to draft a goaltender, taking Maxsim Zhukov, a 17-year-old who played for the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League.
"Once we gathered all the information we felt comfortable that if he was there for us we were going to take him", general manager Ron Hextall said. Even expansion-draft rules that are generous to the team doing the selecting make it hard to assemble a roster with many impact players.
Vegas Golden Knights' Marc-Andre Fleury speaks with the media Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Las Vegas.
But this is, I think, once the dust has settled now with expansion in terms of Vegas making all the selections or trades, whatever theyve done, it really puts into focus again OK, the draft itself, which is important for every team..
This was a no-lose situation for Vegas - no matter what they were walking away with a two-time Stanley-Cup winning netminder.
In constructing protection rules for this expansion draft, the National Hockey League hoped Vegas might boast a relatively formidable initial roster.
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The announcement was made during the NHL Awards ceremony in Las Vegas. 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.
Koekkoek was slated to be on the team's third-pair with some upside to grow into a more prominent role, but Garrison gives the Golden Knights a veteran skater who can play 18 or more minutes a night, plus the chance to hit pay dirt on the second-round pick.
That said, the breadth approach to the 2017 NHL Draft has given the Golden Knights a dozen prospects who, with some luck, can hopefully step into the lineup in two years just as the team's young core begins to evolve into a more composed and mature team.
And so by the time the draft ended, the Golden Knights had made their 30 picks, added a few additional players, and perhaps most importantly, obtained a bevy of extra draft picks. He also picked up two more first-round picks in the entry draft Friday night along with other selections, prospects and National Hockey League players.
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Fleury was long expected to be the man in net for Vegas, which also got a 2020 second-round pick from the Pittsburgh Penguins for the agreement to select the 32-year-old with three Stanley Cup rings.
Joining him in the crease for Vegas are two inexperienced types: Calvin Pickard and Jean-Francois Berube, the latter formerly of the Islanders.
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"Man it's special, I don't really know what to say", Glass said.
All but four teams in the Western Conference recorded more than 83 points last season.
Also eligible for the expansion draft were Utica Comets forwards Alexandre Grenier, Borna Rendulic and New Hartford native Michael Zalewski; defenseman Andrey Pedan and goaltender Richard Bachman. Vegas could look at Boston's Colin Miller (24), Edmonton's Griffin Reinhart (23) and Buffalo's Zach Bogosian (26). It remains to be seen what happens with Washington's Nate Schmidt, Ottawa's Marc Methot, Chicago's Trevor van Riemsdyk and San Jose's David Schlemko, any of whom could be traded as soon as Thursday.
James Neal was the biggest individual name revealed in the second round of expansion announcements.
For forwards and defencemen however, we have mountains of data with which to work with, so we can break it down into a variety of categories and see how the team Vegas picked compares to the rest of the league.
Armed with three first round picks Nos.
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