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Pammachio Corsino | 25 Giugno, 2017, 13:21

The expansion draft is a celebratory night, but it only reveals a portion of the franchise-building done by McPhee over the past few months.

So here we are at hockey's version of an industry-wide conference, with team executives, scouts, coaches, agents and reporters all descending on the same place.

Indeed, this isn't your usual expansion team roster. They now have 13 draft picks for the upcoming draft, including three in the first and three in the second. Also in that group: Vegas resident Deryk Engelland, Colin Miller, Nate Schmidt, Jason Garrison, Brayden McNabb, Griffin Reinhart, Luca Sbisa and hard-hitting former Montreal Canadien Alexei Emelin. It won't have all the top-end talent available because side deals will allow Vegas to stockpile draft picks and prospects for the future, but it will probably be the most competitive expansion team in the league's history. He played with Shipachyov in Russian Federation, and the hope is he will eventually come to Las Vegas to play with him again. It's not just a player per team.

Vegas is picking sixth overall, where the team hopes to acquire a franchise player. A player who could thrive with extended playing time and wants more money that Vegas would be willing to give him could go to the new team.

"I didn't expect that", Fleury said of the crowd's reaction. "Obviously I'm really excited to get this started". Taylor Hall is a great scoring winger, and Pavel Zacha and Michael McLeod are great prospects, but none of them project as the kind of dominant No. 1 center that often anchors great teams.

Oscar Lindberg has been a very productive albeit unsung player in his first two years with the Blueshirts.

Vegas will play its first two games on the road, visiting Arizona on October 7 before the second leg of an early back-to-back for coach Gerard Gallant's club. "I can't guarantee what will get done, but it gives us cap space to do that". The Golden Knights are Las Vegas' first franchise in a major professional sport. After that, the team needs to find a captain, needs to find a home for its surplus of defencemen and needs to find someone to centre the top line.


Marchessault led the Panthers in goals this season.

The Western Conference-champion Nashville Predators open the season October 5 at Boston. Perron was a key contributor in St. Louis previous year, scoring 18 goals.

Good luck finding that perspective from 18-year-old athletes drafted into other sports.

The New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning also opted for players with family ties to the National Hockey League. "It should be fun". He went 21-25-11 in his first season in Florida, helping the Panthers complete their inaugural season with a respectable 33-34-17 record. In one such example, Vegas did not select Matt Dumba, Marco Scandella or Eric Staal from the Minnesota Wild and got in return prospect Alex Tuch and a conditional third round pick. One wobbly sign: Earlier in the day Foley told reporters in Las Vegas that they only realized at 4 p.m. on Tuesday that they were short a forward on their list, and changed it. Foley is the same guy who promised Vegas a Stanley Cup within eight years, then no, within six, and was personally involved in all sorts of details, from the name to the uniforms.

For that to happen, the team needs players that can grow with the team.

It's this unassuming attitude of most young hockey players that is so endearing, the fact that when they are asked to describe their game, many begin with those areas in which they need to improve rather than where their strengths exist.

But that was OK too because there were no real surprises (other than maybe Mike Babcock not winning the Adams) with the award winners and the news value with the expansion picks came with the attached draft picks as they added up during the evening.

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