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Vegas Golden Knights Expansion Draft Prediction

Vegas Golden Knights Expansion Draft Prediction

By: Joel Forman 


We are just 24 hours away from the roster announcement of the NHL’s newest team; The Vegas Golden Knights. With the first expansion draft since 2000, hockey fans are eagerly anticipating what players will be chosen/not chosen from their favourite teams to make up the Golden Knights. GM George McPhee has been a busy man over the past few weeks taking in calls and trade requests for certain unprotected players, and word is he may have as many as 6 trades already completed (https://twitter.com/reporterchris/status/877211332071882752). With McPhee and Gerard Gallant (Head Coach) running things, the Golden Knights are in very good hands ahead of their inaugural season. With that being said, here is a look at who will be chosen in the expansion draft tomorrow:

 

 

 

 

Full-Roster Breakdown:

 

Forwards:

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LW Mike Cammalleri (Devils) – Last Season: 61 GP: 10 Goals, 21 Assists, 31 Points, -9

LW Brock Nelson (Islandes) – Last Season: 81 GP: 20 Goals, 25 Assists, 45 Points, -6

LW William Carrier (Sabres) – Last Season: 41 GP: 5 Goals, 3 Assists, 8 Points, -1

LW Brendan Leipsic (Maple Leafs) – Last Season: 49 GP: 18 Goals, 33 Assists, 51 Points, +4 (AHL)

LW Jujhar Khaira (Oilers) – Last Season: 10 GP: 1 Goal, 0 Assists, 1 Point, +1

C Tomas Plekanec (Canadiens) – Last Season: 78 GP: 10 Goals, 18 Assists, 28 Points, +10

C Jonathan Marchessault (Panthers) – Last Season: 75 GP: 30 Goals, 21 Assists, 51 Points, -21

C William Karlsson (Blue Jackets) – Last Season: 81 GP: 6 Goals, 19 Assists, 25 Points, +10

C Yanni Gourde (Lightning) – Last Season: 20 GP: 6 Goals, 2 Assists, 8 Points, -1

C Jordan Weal (Flyers) – Last Season: 23 GP: 8 Goals, 4 Assists, 12 Points, +5

C Marko Dano (Jets) – Last Season 38 GP: 4 Goals, 7 Assists, 11 Points, Even

 RW James Neal (Predators) – Last Season: 70 GP: 23 Goals, 18 Assists, 41 Points, -10

RW Radim Vrbata (Coyotes) – Last Season: 81 GP: 20 Goals, 35 Assists, 55 Points, -18

RW Lee Stempniak (Hurricanes) – Last Season: 82 GP: 16 Goals, 24 Assists, 40 Points, +2

RW Joel Ward (Sharks) – Last Season: 78 GP: 10 Goals, 19 Assists, 29 Points, -2

RW Nail Yakupov (Blues) – Last Season: 40 GP: 3 Goals, 6 Assists, 9 Points, -3

Defense:

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LD Marc Methot (Senators) – Last Season: 68 GP: 0 Goals, 12 Assists, 12 Points, +13

LD Luca Sbisa (Canucks) – Last Season: 82 GP: 2 Goals, 11 Assists, 13 Points, -1

LD Nate Schmidt (Capitals) – Last Season: 60 GP: 3 Goals, 14 Assists, 17 Points, +22

LD Brayden McNabb (Kings) – Last Season: 49 GP: 2 Goals, 2 Assists, 4 Points, +1

LD Jamie Oleksiak (Stars) – Last Season: 41 GP: 5 Goals, 2 Assists, 7 Points, -4

RD Sami Vatanen (Ducks) – Last Season: 71 GP: 3 Goals, 21 Assists, 24 Points, +3

RD Matt Dumba (Wild) – Last Season: 76 GP: 11 Goals, 23 Assists, 34 Points, +15

RD Trevor van Riemsdyk (Blackhawks) – Last Season: 58 GP: 5 Goals, 11 Assists, 16 Points, +17

RD Colin Miller (Bruins) – Last Season: 61 GP: 6 Goals, 7 Assists, 13 Points, Even

RD Michael Stone (Flames) – Last Season: 64 GP: 3 Goals, 12 Assists, 15 Points, Even

Goaltending:

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G Marc-Andre Fleury (Penguins) – Last Season: 38 GP: 18-10-7, 3.02 GAA, .909 Save %, 1 Shutout

G Antti Raanta (Rangers) – Last Season: 30 GP: 16-8-2, 2.26 GAA, .922 Save %, 4 Shutouts

G Petr Mrazek (Red Wings) – Last Season: 44 GP: 18-21-9, 3.04 GAA, .901 Save %, 1 Shutout

G Calvin Pickard (Avalanche) – Last Season: 50 GP: 15-31-2, 2.98 GAA, .904 Save %, 2 Shutouts

Already Signed:

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C Vadim Shipachyov (St. Petersburg SKA) – Last Season: 50 GP: 26 Goals, 50 Assists, 76 Points, +33 (KHL)

C Reid Duke (Brandon Wheat Kings) – Last Season: 59 GP: 37 Goals, 34 Assists, 71 Points, +9 (WHL)

 

The Knights hold the 6th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft this Friday, and could very well have 3+ first round picks after all the trades are announced with the roster tomorrow. Either way, exciting time for hockey fans welcoming the Vegas Golden Knights officially into the NHL!

 

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