During the NHL Award Show the Vegas Golden Knights selected 30 players – one from each club – in the expansion draft. There were no big surprises, it was expected for Fleury (who has only ever played for Pittsburgh) to be picked up and James Neal (who just played a big part in the Predators Cup run).
First up, here is what the Knights got:
Trevor van Riemsdyk
The Golden Knights had to pick at least 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three
goaltenders. They also were required to select a minimum of 20 players under contract for the
2017-18 season as well as players with an aggregate value between 60-100% of the 2016-17
season’s upper limit for the salary cap.
In association with their 2017 NHL Expansion Draft selections, the Golden Knights made
the following transactions:
* Vegas acquired D Shea Theodore from Anaheim.
* Vegas acquired Buffalo’s 6th-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft (161st overall).
* Vegas acquired Boston’s 5th-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft (142nd overall, previously
acquired by Carolina).
* Vegas acquired F David Clarkson, Columbus’ 1st-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft (24th
overall) and Columbus’ 2nd-round pick in 2019.
* Vegas acquired F Reilly Smith from Florida for Vegas’ 4th-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.
* Vegas acquired F Alex Tuch from Minnesota for Vegas’ 3rd-round pick in the 2017 or 2018
* Vegas acquired F Mikhail Grabovski and D Jake Bischoff as well as NY Islanders’ 1st-round
pick in the 2017 NHL Draft (15th overall) and 2nd-round pick in 2019.
* Vegas acquired Pittsburgh’s 2nd-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.
* Vegas acquired F Nikita Gusev, Tampa Bay’s 2nd-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft (45th
overall) and Pittsburgh’s 4th-round pick in 2018 (previously acquired by Tampa Bay).
* Vegas acquired Winnipeg’s 1st-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft (13th overall) and 3rd-round
pick in 2019 for Columbus’ 1st-round pick in 2017 (24th overall, previously acquired by Vegas)