Vegas ended up with 26-year-old forward Jon Marchessault, who was left unprotected after a 30-goal season, but it also received forward Reilly Smith in exchange for the Golden Knights' fourth-round pick in 2018. Vegas submitted their list of with four minutes to spare before Wednesday's 10 a.m. ET deadline. The Canadiens may end up viewing this move as addition by subtraction, while the Golden Knights added a veteran who is expensive, but not all that great.
We'll get to see the fruits of McPhee's labor shortly. He was with the San Jose Sharks and will join his 6th National Hockey League team.
Indeed, this isn't your usual expansion team roster. The roster has also been rounded out nicely with Cody Eakin, William Karlsson and Erik Haula, selected from the Dallas Stars, Columbus Blue Jackets and Wild, respectively.
Here's a fun party game: How many of these players will be with this franchise the first time it makes the playoffs?
If the Vegas Golden Knights were to uncover a franchise face among 30 other teams, the obvious choice was Marc-Andre Fleury.
"I was just going on the stage to give a quick welcome", Fleury said.
The Golden Knights also have signed a handful of free agents. I've spent a lot of time there but this year is going to be a lot of fun. "Especially as they always look back, there's always one or two Hall of Famers in every draft". As a result, these are not "a bunch of misfits nobody wanted", as then-winger Jody Shelley once described the 1992-93 Senators.
But the one to watch could be a player who was not even selected in the expansion draft.
McPhee used the new rules to his advantage by extracting draft picks, prospects and other National Hockey League players from teams looking to protect players on their roster.
"I believe we've put together a great team from the net out", Foley said.
"What surprised me was the quality of some of our forwards that we were able to get out of this situation", Foley said. On Tuesday Las Vegas tied a city record when the temperature hit 117 degrees, and they had to cancel some flights because certain planes can't take off when it gets too hot. After that, the team needs to find a captain, needs to find a home for its surplus of defencemen and needs to find someone to centre the top line.
Poile was recognized after the Predators' first Western Conference title and Stanley Cup Final appearance. In what could be considered a down year, he still scored 15 goals and he's only one season removed from a 25-goal campaign.
One fan screamed, "I love you!" We can be good right away. We also made a decision to start with a Stanley Cup champion. "It should be fun".
Former Medicine Hat Tiger David Schlemko joins the Golden Knights.
Which is fine! This team's not built to win. He won three Stanley Cups during his time with the Penguins and departs as the winningest goalie in team history with 375 wins.
Unlike the past two years, when Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews went No. 1 overall and immediately had a huge impact on their new teams, there doesn't appear to be a transcendent talent at the top of the draft.
Vegas got defensive for the third round of announcements, selecting five defensemen among the group of eight announced players. And it's pretty exciting. He played two seasons in Vancouver, before he was dealt to Tampa Bay prior to the 2014/15 season. Talking to people around the rinks, they're excited about the team.
"A couple of days ago, they threw the interest out there but I didn't think much of it", said Engelland, calling from backstage at the T-Mobile Arena and the scene of the NHL Expansion Draft.