No Big Surprises In NHL Expansion Draft

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:
Goalies
Jean-Francois Berube
Marc-Andre Fleury
Calvin Pickard

Defensemen
Alexei Emelin
Deryk Engelland
Jason Garrison
Brayden McNabb
Jon Merrill
Marc Methot
Colin Miller
Griffin Reinhart
Luca Sbisa
David Schlemko
Nate Schmidt
Clayton Stoner
Trevor van Riemsdyk

Forwards
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare
Connor Brickley
William Carrier
Cody Eakin
Erik Haula
William Karlsson
Brendan Leipsic
Oscar Lindberg
Jonathan Marchessault
James Neal
Tomas Nosek
David Perron
Teemu Pulkkinen
Chris Thorburn

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
NHL Draft.
* 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)