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

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Pammachio Corsino | 25 Giugno, 2017, 12:27

Vegas's selection was 35-year-old Deryk Engelland, one of two pending unrestricted free agents the Golden Knights drafted.

On Wednesday night the NHL's newest expansion team announced its draft, in which one player was taken from the bargain bins of every other team, and it was a show, or at least part of one.

Vegas Golden Knights' Chris Thorburn poses for photographers Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Las Vegas.

The Golden Knights do not have a player who has previously been captain of a team, but they still have plenty of options based on experience.

"Obviously, we've got great fans already, having sold out the season tickets and the reception we had tonight here, " Fleury said after he walked out on stage in a Golden Knights jersey.

Griffin Reinhart joins the Golden Knights as a former Edmonton Oil King who won the WHL title twice and a Memorial Cup. There was the awkwardness, like when Golden Knights owner Bill Foley screwed up the draft order when he skipped over Detroit, to Dallas.

By the time the National Hockey League entry draft concludes Saturday afternoon in Chicago, numerous players and draft picks selected by the Knights on Wednesday will be sent packing to other teams as general manager George McPhee begins transforming an abundance of unprotected, unsigned and unproven players into a competitive, 23-man roster by the time the Knights open the season on October 6 in Dallas. "You just want to establish a friendship and a culture right away, and it starts right now and leads into training camp and continues forward to the first game".

Joining him in the crease for Vegas are two inexperienced types: Calvin Pickard and Jean-Francois Berube, the latter formerly of the Islanders.

General manager George McPhee turned his 30 picks into an impressive haul that includes a 30-goal scorer (Jonathan Marchessault), a former 40-goal scorer (James Neal), a top-pairing physical defenseman in Marc Methot, a three-time Stanley Cup winning goalie (Marc-Andre Fleury), plus two extra first-round picks in Friday's National Hockey League and multiple picks over the next three drafts.

Not by a long shot.

In addition to selecting impressive NHLers such as Jonathan Marchessault, James Neal, Marc Methot and Nate Schmidt, the Golden Knights were also able to stock up on draft picks (12 through 2020), including three first-rounders in this weekend's draft. "I think now that the expansion draft has been gone, regular trade talk will come back on". "I'm really delighted that we have these kids".

"I didn't expect that", Fleury said of the crowd's reaction. The only other time the franchise had the first pick was in 1979, when the then-Colorado Rockies selected Rob Ramage.

McPhee and the Golden Knights have three picks in the second round on Saturday morning and still have ten remaining.

The Golden Knight's blue line will be the real issue with no player besides Marc Methot having game changing talent.

"A couple of days ago, they threw the interest out there but I didn't think much of it", said Engelland, calling from backstage at the T-Mobile Arena and the scene of the NHL Expansion Draft. Vegas got him at 13.

Earlier this week, Deadspin noted that the Atlanta Thrashers - the last expansion team to enter the league alone, and a team that also made a bunch of deals in addition to selecting players in a draft - had a 90-point team in their sixth year and were a division victor in their seventh.

As stated before Vegas got a great pick with Suzuki at 13th overall when he gets older and more developed he could be an unstoppable force with Vegas.

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


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