Fleury leads Vegas Golden Knights' expansion draft choices

Monday, 26 Jun, 2017

Instead of forcing Vegas fans to watch several years of plodding franchise-building, the National Hockey League wants the Golden Knights to be decent from the start.

"That was a warm welcome", Fleury said.

Kush's intense style figured prominently in his firing in October 1979 for what the university said was his interference in an internal investigation of allegations by a former player of physical and mental harassment against the coach.

Maksim Zhukov of Russian Federation became the first ever goalie drafted by the organization at 127th overall. But without even bribing Vegas with anything in exchange, the Golden Knights selected 31-year-old defenseman Alexei Emelin, who the Canadiens might have been down on anyway. First off, nearly all of them were leaked before the festivities began. At the 2017 world championships, Gruabuer was outstanding in two games for Team Germany, with a 2.42 GAA and a.937 save percentage. But Methot has 10 teams on his no-trade list, which will limit McPhee's flexibility and could keep Methot in Vegas.

It comes as no surprise that #Nico Hischier goes first overall to the New Jersey Devils as he is a very talented natural center.

Jim Rutherford was sixth in GM of the year voting and Mike Sullivan was eighth in the running for coach of the year. He won three Stanley Cups with the Penguins.

Portland Winterhawks center Cody Glass is the first draft pick in Las Vegas Golden Knights' history. He remains a well-above-average netminder. The second was to acquire prospects and additional picks so that the franchise can ultimately "draft our way to success". His size - 5-foot-10, 170 pounds - is worrisome, but his skills may be good enough to overlook it. Why take him instead of Lee Stempniak when he'd fetch at least that at next year's trade deadline is beyond me.

Fleury has obviously had a whirlwind June, practically still smelling of champagne after just winning the Cup, but he saw Vegas coming.

Recent drafts saw No. 1 overall picks that not only landed in the National Hockey League right away but dominated. 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. I would not call him a sleeper but a little undervalued since he is a pure sniper who looks a lot like Phil Kessel. "It has been a fantastic experience", said owner Bill Foley.

In Nick Suzuki, Las Vegas got another offensive weapon.

The first line-likely Perron and Neal centered by KHL signee Vadim Shipachyov-is fine. 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.

Deryk Engelland is headed home. "It was a big key".

Hawks defenseman Henri Jokiharju was picked by the team hosting the draft, going to the Chicago Blackhawks late in Friday's first round of the 2017 National Hockey League draft on Friday.

Engelland is a crucial edition because he won't just serve as a rugged protector on the ice.

Yes, the Golden Knights seemed to get this right.

"I think this still will be proven to be a good draft", Shero said. "From the ticket drive to the hype around town, everywhere you go, you see Knights stuff everywhere".

"I am really excited to get started". Active on draft weekend in each of the two previous years, the Flames surrendered a first round pick in 2018 and two seconds to add the right-shooting Hamonic on Saturday afternoon.

Vegas picked up three goalies, 14 forwards and 13 defensemen in the choices announced during the NHL's annual awards show.

The pickings were slim with Los Angeles. Jason Garrison, arriving from Tampa Bay, will bring veteran leadership of his own.

The Golden Knights do not have a No. 1 centre.

"If there's one thing I've known it's that nothing is really assured", he said. "The fans were pretty insane, and I'm pretty sure it'll be the same with Vegas". "You don't see too much of that in Winnipeg". And that's also why they were brought to the dessert. “Its the first team. I don't get it.

And how about more help for Buffalo on defense?