Fleury leads Vegas Golden Knights' expansion draft choices

Fleury leads Vegas Golden Knights' expansion draft choices

But Anderson has already shown he can be productive at the NHL level (17 goals in 78 games last season, his first full season in the league), albeit four years after he was drafted. "We contemplated doing a few different things and using a second round pick to do it, but we ended up getting the guys we wanted to get so we didn't have to do that so we're really happy about that". He was a member of the Colorado Avalanche when that franchise moved to a new market in 1995-96, the Carolina Hurricanes when that franchise moved to a new market in 1997-98 and the Minnesota Wild when that franchise joined the National Hockey League as an expansion team in 2000-01; he was claimed in that expansion draft.

The Golden Knights also may have landed their goaltender of the future in 25-year-old J.F. Berube from the New York Islanders. Few players in the National Hockey League have a release as quick as Neal, who has scored 20 or more goals in six straight seasons, including 31 two seasons ago and 40 in 2011-12.

When it comes to generating offence from the back end, the Golden Knights look to be among the bottom five teams in the league, and the strengths they had in their forward group max out as just average on defence, meaning the group as now constructed doesn't really have a strength at all.

Fourteen former Belleville Bulls were available for the 2017 Vegas Golden Knights NHL expansion draft Wednesday but none were selected by the fledgling franchise.

The Vegas Golden Knights finally have some players to put on the desert ice this fall.

Not by a long shot.

Lee Stempniak was the most appealing unprotected player on Carolina's roster, but the Hurricanes tempted the Golden Knights with a 2017 fifth-round draft pick to take forward Connor Brickley instead.

The 2017 NHL Entry Draft starts on Friday, June 23, and finishes on Saturday, June 24 in Chicago.

Marc-Andre Fleury: Fleury ranks up there with John Vanbiesbrouck as one of the top goalies ever selected by an expansion franchise.

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Nobody got more attention than the 32-year-old Fleury, who lost his starting job during last season's playoff run with the back-to-back champion Penguins.

WORTH THE GAMBLE: Fleury could be joined by an established 20-something backup, like Philadelphia's Michal Neuvirth, Detroit's Petr Mrazek, Colorado's Calvin Pickard or New York's Antti Raanta.

"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.

Side deals prevented the team from acquiring players such as Eric Staal and Matt Dumba. "I think a lot of times what happens is they are referring to there not being a generational talent and that's as much as a lot of people know about the draft". They traded their second pick, the 45th overall, to Columbus for 6-2 power forward Keegan Kolesar.

“Its a hard draft, ” said McPhee, the franchises GM. Teams were limited in who they could protect.

Rounding out the first nine picks was defenseman Brayden McNabb, who was voted the top newcomer for the Los Angeles Kings after scoring 51 points this past season. The Golden Knights selected James Neal from Nashville, Deryk Engelland from Calgary, David Perron from St. Louis and Chris Thorburn from Winnipeg.

SURE BET: Assuming Anaheim has already worked out a trade to keep Vegas away from Sami Vatanen and Josh Manson - perhaps at the cost of a first-round pick - there are still plenty of young, affordable defensemen to choose from along with some veterans. 6, 13 and 15 — and players with trade value, McPhee still has leverage when the NHL's trade freeze lifts Thursday morning. Emelin is signed through next season at a $4.1 million cap hit.

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