Expansion Vegas loads up on D-men, could make more trades

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Expansion Vegas loads up on D-men, could make more trades

After the Vegas Golden Knights made their final selection of the expansion draft on Wednesday night, the new National Hockey League franchise's general manager George McPhee explained to the fans inside T-Mobile Arena and to viewers watching on TV that he'd had two objectives for the night.

The Golden Knights had three first round selections in the NHL Entry Draft picking two forwards and one defenseman.

The following day's picks followed a similar pattern, with the Golden Knights selecting with nine of their 10 remaining picks - one of their second round selections was sent to Columbus in exchange for 20-year-old forward prospect Keegan Kolesar, likely destined for the Chicago Wolves.

At 178 pounds, Glass may be a little small for the National Hockey League right now, but McPhee wants to put together a team based on speed and skill.

William Carrier, a 22-year-old left winger, was then chosen from the Buffalo Sabres, who also traded the Golden Knights a sixth-round pick for the 2017 draft to keep the expansion club away from another unprotected player. I wouldn't be surprised to see Vegas shell out some serious cap space for a player that could add some talent to the blue line such as Andrei Markov or Trevor Daley. He met his wife Melissa here when he played for the ECHL's Las Vegas Wranglers.

SURE BET: Three-time Stanley Cup champion Marc-Andre Fleury seems like the most reliable pick on the board, a recognizable face of the franchise who can easily start 50-60 games and give the Golden Knights chances to win. And so the best hope to build a solid, competitive team is to stockpile as many assets with as much upside as possible and hope that some pay off.

The Golden Knights will likely struggle in year 1. McPhee could trade Methot.

In true Las Vegas fashion, teams gambled, and it appears the house, in this case the Golden Knights, won.

"I was around 10, I think", said Glass. And as the goalie market dried up this off-season, with several teams securing new starters, it only made sense for Fleury to do some homework on Sin City. But how he'll hold up behind an expansion team defence will be interesting, and possibly give him flashbacks to the early-2000s Penguins he broke into the National Hockey League with. For the next 36 hours came a flurry of trades, including some newly acquired Golden Knights players being flipped to new teams for draft picks.

Only four players in the OHL scored more points than Suzuki, who also ranked fifth in goals.

Vegas emerged from the expansion draft with 15 defensemen, and McPhee alluded before the expansion draft to trading some of them.

DON'T SLEEP ON: Vegas controls the trade market and can make some extra picks to flip a goalie or two. This will be the 55th NHL Entry Draft.

"It's a different situation for everybody in here to come into a team where there is no team", said defenseman Jason Garrison, claimed from Tampa Bay.

"I believe we've put together a great team from the net out", Foley said. "I feel pretty good about my knowledge of the draft".

While Fleury has seen his playing time reduced due to the rise of Matt Murray, he was an integral part of the Penguins' Stanley Cup run.

The Golden Knights also announced additional acquisitions of a handful of veterans and free agents, including Anaheim defenseman Shea Theodore and Florida forward Reilly Smith. I mean, I just mentioned to the guys 'Boy, I guess this week's over, and it's been quite a week.' But, I don't think it could have gone better, and as a manager, you know when you've done a good job and you know when you haven't.

Shortly after, it was announced Engelland had signed a one-year, $1-million deal for the upcoming 2017-18 season.

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