Vegas Golden Knights common supervisor George McPhee had problem containing his pleasure in anticipation of the NHL’s enlargement draft record being launched.
“Probably the most enjoyable I’ve ever had in hockey,” McPhee stated in a video posted of him driving to the group’s headquarters on Sunday.
And that was earlier than McPhee discovered of the excessive-profile group of gamers he’ll have to select from — restricted to at least one from every of the 30 groups — in stocking the Golden Knights roster earlier than submitting his record on Wednesday.
There is a three-time Stanley Cup champion goalie in Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury obtainable and a number of other 20-plus-aim-scorers in Nashville’s James Neal and Minnesota’s Eric Staal. As there’s numerous prime defensemen uncovered comparable to Anaheim’s Sami Vatanen and Ottawa’s Marc Methot.
“The difficulty for us is not going to be, ‘Can we fill out the roster?'” McPhee informed reporters after the listing was launched. “It will be, ‘Do we’ve got too many gamers?’ There are a variety of good gamers there.”
Vegas is holding all of the playing cards whereas the remainder of the NHL involves a full cease in awaiting McPhee to find out his alternatives over a 3-day stretch throughout which the Golden Knights are the one group allowed to make trades and signal pending free brokers.
McPhee wasn’t ready to debate particular person gamers when particularly requested about Fleury, however famous there have been no surprises based mostly on the quite a few mock drafts the Golden Knights carried out over the previous few months. The one factor that did not materialize was numerous trades occurring involving gamers groups did not need to expose.
That advantages the Golden Knights as a result of it maintained a deeper pool of expertise obtainable.
“We actually like what we’re taking a look at proper now,” McPhee stated. “We anticipate to place a very good, entertaining membership on the ice.”
Fleury was left unprotected by Pittsburgh after he agreed to waive the no-motion clause in his contract. The Penguins as an alternative protected Matt Murray every week after the second-yr goalie led them to win their second consecutive championship.
Vatanen, who will miss the beginning of the season after having shoulder surgical procedure, and Josh Manson have been the odd males out in Anaheim, as a result of the Geese could not shield their all their gifted core of defensemen.
The Predators have been put in a bind in being pressured to show Neal, a ten-time 20-objective-scorer, as a result of they elected to guard a fourth defenseman.
Different notable forwards left unprotected have been Los Angeles’s Dustin Brown, Montreal’s Tomas Plekanec and…