Fleury leads Vegas Golden Knights' expansion draft choices


His Junior Steelers team finished a disappointing second.

While the forwards Vegas selected are average in terms of shot volume, they're far below average when it comes to getting unsafe chances to score.

After the Vegas Golden Knights made their final selection of the expansion draft on Wednesday night, the new National Hockey League franchise's general manager George McPhee explained to the fans inside T-Mobile Arena and to viewers watching on TV that he'd had two objectives for the night. In 60 games with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League a year ago, he had 26 goals and 60 points.

"I think it's been exciting for our franchise, exciting time for our scouts", said Shero, who was hired as New Jersey's general manager in May 2015. Its nice to see that they are not only building for right now, but the future, too.

At pick number six, McPhee selected 18-year-old Cody Glass for the team's first ever entry pick. The Philadelphia Flyers then grabbed Nolan Patrick at No. 2. They had center Nick Suzuki rated in their top 10 and got him at No. 13.

The following day's picks followed a similar pattern, with the Golden Knights selecting with nine of their 10 remaining picks - one of their second round selections was sent to Columbus in exchange for 20-year-old forward prospect Keegan Kolesar, likely destined for the Chicago Wolves.

"We've thought about that a little bit, what it will mean to that player and does it add to the challenges and everything else I guess it will depend on the player", said Golden Knights GM George McPhee, who got to scout more than a typical general manager would this season.

According to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, the event in Vegas will be two-in-one and therefore, it is special. But they promptly moved back three spots in a deal with Dallas in the first of three trades announced during the first round. Several drafted players have already been moved out for yet more draft picks - van Riemsdyk (Carolina) and Schlemko (Montreal) were dealt on Thursday - but they should be able to build around veterans like Neal and Fleury, the latter of whom received the largest ovation from the T-Mobile Arena crowd when the long-time Penguins netminder was introduced.

"It's a relief", he said of hearing his name called. So could some of the draft picks the Golden Knights did an incredible job harvesting. In the WHL Brendan amassed 132 goals and 170 assists for 302 points in just 261 games over four full seasons in Portland. He spent the previous two seasons in the Swiss pro league, where he was coached by current Ottawa Senators coach Guy Boucher. He could have maybe assembled a borderline playoff team if he had taken the best available players, but expensive mediocrity is not a sustainable strategy.

But Hischier is just over 6-feet tall and listed at 179 pounds, and will need to put on more muscle to succeed in the National Hockey League.

"I'll give it everything I've got to win some games", Fleury said. "It's my biggest goal to play in the National Hockey League".

What's odd to me is how many people who should and maybe do know better are blowing smoke up your ass and saying this team might be good now. "So, we're really happy with that". He is 6-5, 207, makes good reads and has a good stick, and patterns himself after 6-6 defensemen Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Colton Parayko of the St. Louis Blues.

Calgary's list of unprotected players didn't leave much to be desired, but the Flames still got off remarkably easy.

Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron won the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the league's best defensive forward for a record-tying fourth time.

"My dad and I talked about that", said Leschyshyn, who played for the Regina Pats of the WHL.