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Expansion Draft: Follow Along As We Select Our Team

The NHL Awards and Expansion Draft are now underway at T-Mobile Arena

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

A year after Las Vegas was awarded the NHL's 31st franchise, the Golden Knights are in the process of selecting their roster tonight.

There are 30 teams besides the Golden Knights. Vegas gets one player from each.

Below we've got you covered with all the breaking news as the Golden Knights select their inaugural team.

7:55 PM

As the night wore down, it was as if it was information overload for much of the crowd.

How good is this Golden Knights roster?

Especially after the team had signed only three players its first 12 months in the league, being overwhelmed with upwards of 30 new players was a startling.

How good this team is probably can't be answered conclusively until it takes the ice in October.


Tweet from @GoldenKnights: What will go down as the original Vegas Golden Knights! #VegasDraft #BoldInGold


Here at, we'll take you along for the ride.


7:33 PM

It was widely rumored, so it wasn't exactly a shock. But the house came down at T-Mobile Arena when Marc-Andre Fleury was announced as our selection fromm the Pittsburgh Penguin.

Fleury, a three-time Stanley Cup-winning goalie with the Pittsburgh Penguins who won a championship as recently as last week, is an established 14-year veteran.

He's proven, he's a big-game performer and he's considered one of the better teammates in the sport.

As of tonight, he also became a Golden Knight.

Tweet from @GoldenKnights: When you build a team from scratch, you start from the net out. We also decided to start with a Stanley Cup champion. #VegasDraft


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Tweet from @GoldenKnights: Officially the first "Fleury" chant in @TMobileArena history. #VegasDraft #BoldInGold


7:16 PM

There's been a lot of moving parts as the Golden Knights have continued to accummulate picks in the NHL Entry Draft.

The Entry Draft will be this Friday and Saturday in Chicago.

At this point, we have our own first-round pick, No. 6 overall, on Friday. We also have Winnipeg's first-round pick (13th) and that of the New York Islanders (15th).

We also acquired two former first rounders, defenseman Shea Theodore (Anaheim) and forward Alex Tuch (Minnesota).

In addition to a handful of established NHL players.


Tweet from @GoldenKnights: More players for us! #VegasDraftBrendan Leipsic (TOR)Colin Miller (BOS)Marc Methot (OTT)David Schlemko (SJS)David Perron (STL)


Tweet from @GoldenKnights: New school NHL city, meet an old school hip check.We've selected Alexei Emelin from @CanadiensMTL. #VegasDraft


Tweet from @GoldenKnights: From the @mnwild, we have taken Erik Haula. This is the moment this past weekend that it became official. #VegasDraft


6:33 PM

It's been an eventful last hour for the Golden Knights.

Between trades, selections, Golden Knights showing up in team jerseys and emotional homecomings, it's been....dare we say, the most eventful hour in team history.

This is a summary of what happened:

Tweet from @GoldenKnights: More #VegasDraft picks:Tomas Nosek (DET)Cody Eakin (DAL)Jonathan Marchessault (FLA)Reilly Smith (via trade with FLA)Brayden McNabb


Tweet from @GoldenKnights: You've seen our first #VegasDraft selections. Now see what they'll look like in our uniform.


Tweet from @GoldenKnights: Brayden McNabb officially becomes the first player in Golden Knights history to wear an official team jersey. #VegasDraft


Tweet from @GoldenKnights: Via trade with @TBLightning, we also acquired Nikita Gusev.His hands are kind of good��


Tweet from @GoldenKnights: We've also added this guyAnd Jake Bischoff & Mikhail GrabovskiAnd a 2nd-round pick (2019)AND @NYIslanders 1st rounder on Friday��


Tweet from @GoldenKnights: The past of Las Vegas hockey meets the present.Deryk Engelland wearing the colors of his adopted hometown's team. #VegasDraft


5:38 PM

Starting the show, we first saw a couple of awards. Connor McDavid took the Ted Lindsay, Patrice Bergeron the Selke and Brent Burns the Norris Trophy as the league's best defenseman.

Then the Golden Knights stepped in by selecting players from nine clubs, ordered in reverse order of their regular-season finish last season.


Tweet from @GoldenKnights: We've selected Calvin Pickard of @Avalanche as our 1st #VegasDraft pick. He becomes the 10th straight goalie to go 1st in an Expansion Draft


Tweet from @GoldenKnights: All of our 1st #VegasDraft selections:Calvin Pickard (COL)Luca Sbisa (VAN)Teemu Pulkkinen (ARI)Jon Merrill (NJD)William Carrier (BUF)

This segment of the show, however, saw us receive 10 players. Reilly Smith, a forward from the Florida Panthers who has averaged 20 goals the past two season, came in return in a deal that also saw us select Jonathan Marchessault from Florida.

Perhaps worth noting that Smith had his best season (25 goals (in 2015-16) playing for Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant.


Tweet from @GoldenKnights: More #VegasDraft picks:Tomas Nosek (DET)Cody Eakin (DAL)Jonathan Marchessault (FLA)Reilly Smith (via trade with FLA)Brayden McNabb


4:52 PM

The lower bowl of T-Mobile Arena is starting to fill up. The lights are dim, and the mood is light. In just a few minutes, though, the atmosphere of the building will change as Vegas makes its first selections.

Stay tuned for more...

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