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Who Will The Vegas Golden Knights Pick?

TSN Director of Scouting Craig Button and TSN Senior Hockey Reporter Frank Seravalli each picked mock Vegas rosters taking the exposure lists as-is, operating under the assumption no consideration trades will be made.

Here is what Vegas could ice in that case:


Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT)
Philipp Grubauer (WSH)
Michal Neuvirth (PHI)
Calvin Pickard (COL)

Jake Dotchin (TBL)
Matt Dumba (MIN)
Tobias Enstrom (WPG)
Brett Kulak (CGY)
Josh Manson (ANA)
Marc Methot (OTT)
Colin Miller (BOS)
Griffin Reinhart (EDM)
Ryan Sproul (DET)
Trevor van Riemsdyk (CHI)

more at TSN...

"With the upcoming expansion and 2017 Draft around the corner, NHL fans seem to be waiting until the dust settles down to start making some early bets. The Golden Knights are joining the league as its 31st team, and their selections in the expansion draft will be announced Wednesday." says MyBookie line manager Dave Strauss. "The NHL rookie draft is coming right after, and teams will also be able to make changes to their rosters through the trade route, which means that odds to win the 2018 Stanley Cup are likely to go through some adjustments in the coming days."

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Looking at those mock lists, LV is going to have to spend some money somewhere just to get to the cap floor.  Wonder if they’ll take on a contract for a guy on IR or something?

Posted by TreKronor on 06/19/17 at 11:35 AM ET


I’d pass on a guy like neal that’s just a salary dump on a bad contract for nash.  Make them eat it and then use one of the picks you grab from other protection deals and give an offer sheet to Johannson or Arvidson and say “name your price”.  Really don’t like seeing how vegas is essentially being used to dump bad contracts.  Hope Mcphee makes these teams eat it.

Posted by PMP5030 on 06/19/17 at 11:44 AM ET


Yeah, the RFA/UFA signing angle seems to be an understated option here. Overpay a bit since cap isn’t an issue and no recourse from the previous team.

Posted by RyanVM on 06/19/17 at 11:52 AM ET


You could really force a team’s hand with an RFA push and would make a more legit contender immediately.  Even with the draft rules this time around, the mock rosters are underwhelming and like said above, you’d be way under the cap after you make the selections.

Posted by PMP5030 on 06/19/17 at 11:57 AM ET


I’d pass on a guy like neal that’s just a salary dump on a bad contract for nash.

My thoughts on the NSH pick: Will you be able to flip Neal at the deadline for something more valuable than Pontus Aberg?

Posted by EthrDemon on 06/19/17 at 12:35 PM ET


I think LV can sign unprotected RFAs without any repurcussions. If they make an offer sheet to a protected RFA like Johansen or Arvidsson, however, I think the standard compensation scale is in place. So, if they offer someone like that a “blank check,” they’ll be shooting themselves in the foot RE: their goal of collecting draft picks to build through the draft.

Posted by Son of a Blash on 06/19/17 at 01:12 PM ET


Correct RE: unprotected RFAs.

Posted by RyanVM on 06/19/17 at 01:18 PM ET


I seriously doubt Vegas would go after any protected RFAs like Johansen and Arvidson. They have to give up a bounty of high draft picks to do that and it’s those draft picks that will be the foundation of the franchise.

The James Neal contract is not a bad contract. He’s got one year left at $5M and is still a 25-30 goal a year guy. The only reason Nashville didn’t protect him is they have make sure they have their money to pay their younger players.

I’d be pretty shocked if Vegas didn’t take Neal. If nothing else he could probably be flipped for a first round pick right away if they wanted to.

Posted by evileye on 06/20/17 at 10:03 AM ET

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