NewsAlert: Vegas Golden Knights select Calvin Pickard first in expansion draft
NewsAlert: Vegas Golden Knights select Calvin Pickard first in expansion draft
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28 June, 2017, 18:34
It had been a long 12 months for the Vegas Golden Knights general manager, who had spent the past year running countless mock expansion drafts in preparation for this moment.
George McPhee secured a king's ransom to avoid selecting certain players in the Vegas Golden Knights' expansion draft, and he's not done dealing.
The announcement was made during the NHL Awards ceremony in Las Vegas.
The picks were announced in four separate segments, during which trades between the Golden Knights and other teams were announced as well.
After an up-and-down career in Pittsburgh, the three-time Stanley Cup champion goalie is among 30 National Hockey League veterans who could get a fresh start out West after the Golden Knights grabbed him in the National Hockey League expansion draft. On Wednesday night, the staff will start adding the names of players who will become part of the expansion team for its first National Hockey League season. The NHL Entry Draft begins on Friday night with the first round of selections.
The team has been very active in trading players for draft picks and vice versa.
Vegas Golden Knights' Deryk Engelland poses for photographers Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Las Vegas. And they took first-round picks, second-round picks and picks that they won't be making for another two years. The country music capital was a ideal fit for the power forward.
McPhee traded the No. 45 pick to the Columbus Blue Jackets for forward Keegan Kolesar. The event was held at the T-Mobile Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. "To be their first pick, that really means a lot".
"I didn't know that was coming", Fleury said about his new fans' enthusiasm.
Engelland has played the last three seasons with the Flames, playing a big role in the 2015 National Hockey League playoffs when he was paired with TJ Brodie after Mark Giordano went down with a torn bicep tendon. He is a physical player who has a scorer's touch.
Last season, the 32-year-old Garrison had one goal and eight assists in 70 games. "If I can share a little bit about my experience, my playoff experience, hopefully I can help out my teammates". So did the twice defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins and the previous team to hoist the chalice, the Chicago Blackhawks. It nearly feels silly to care about who was selected last night as anything more than trivia.
"I always like to get out there", Fleury said. "I'm not too sure".
The Knights' third-round pick was 18-year-old right winger Jonas Rondbjerg of Denmark.
They took players they needed now, players they needed for the future and players they really didn't need at all. One can imagine McPhee slipping into his best "Sopranos" impression during negotiations: "Boy, it'd be a real shame if something were to happen to Brock Nelson". It also shipped defenseman David Schlemko to Montreal for a fifth-round pick in 2019.
The other selections were Nick Campoli, an 18-year-old center from Royal York, Ontario, in the sixth round, and Ben Jones, an 18-year-old center from the Niagara Ice Dogs, in the seventh round. The fact the Golden Knights also got a second-round pick (albeit in 2020) from the Penguins is just icing on the cake.
Jones said he will try to prove that he should have been drafted higher.
"What surprised me was the quality of some of our forwards that we were able to get out of this situation", Foley said. "I think it will go well".
McPhee said he was happy and relieved as he assessed the Knights' draft. "It gives us cap space to do some things". "We got some skill, we got some size and we got some goaltending". And we were ready for this draft. "I think this is by far the best expansion team ever". Each one needs to be handled individually. Doesn't matter where, they're going to be in this draft 20 years from now. It's better to overcook them than throw them in there raw.
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