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Homework Done For Golden Knights, All That's Left Is To Get A Team

11 months of preparation will culminate for George McPhee's staff at the Expansion Draft on Wednesday

by Cutler Klein @GoldenKnights /

The homework has been done.

The pencils have been sharpened.

And now, all Vegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee has to do is put pencil to paper and make his 30 Expansion Draft selections official.

That may sound daunting, but according to McPhee, he's more than ready.

"It's kind of like going in for a final exam and knowing you know it," he said Tuesday of making his picks. "There haven't been that many surprises."

That preparation has made this week smooth for Vegas' hockey operations staff. In the buildup to June, McPhee and his team ran countless mock drafts, scouted hundreds of players, and made sure that when the lists came out on Sunday, they were ready to go.

He also got plenty of advice from former expansion team general managers, like former Minnesota Wild general manager Doug Risebrough. Although, McPhee seemed to be ahead of the curve when it comes to what Risebrough told him.

Video: The Golden Knights submit their picks to the NHL


"Doug Risebrough said six or eight months ago when we met, you know, 'You can't plan for everything, there will be some uncertainty,'" McPhee said. "But, I think we actually planned for everything. We've done all right."

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This three-day expansion period is the culmination of nearly a year of hard work, research and, occasionally, very little sleep for the Golden Knights hockey operations team. While the process of assembling his staff and strategizing about the Expansion Draft took months, this expansion period seemed to fly by for McPhee.

Now, the Vegas Golden Knights are finally ready to come together.

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"It's really hard to believe we're here now," McPhee said. "Three days ago, we had a whiteboard with no names on it, and now it looks like we've got a hockey team."

McPhee submitted his picks to the NHL on Wednesday morning. Those picks will be announced during the NHL Expansion Draft show Wednesday night at 4:30 PM PT at T-Mobile Arena. 

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