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Your A-Z Guide To The Golden Knights Roster

Your quick guide to get to know every player Vegas has under contract

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

After acquiring only three players in the team's first year as a franchise, the Golden Knights have been busy filling out their roster since June.

Between 30 picks at the Expansion Draft, trades and free agency beginning on July 1, the team's roster now stands at more than 30 players.

This isn't including the 12 players Vegas selected at the NHL Draft in Chicago.

With the team's roster now ever-changing and constantly being filled with new players for Golden Knights fans to become familiar with, we've constructed you're A-Z guide to who currently makes up the team's roster.

This will be updated as Vegas continues to make moves. 

UPDATED ON JULY 3

 

Goalies

Marc-Andre Fleury: Three-time Stanley Cup-winner with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the 32-year-old is a two-time NHL All-Star.

Calvin Pickard: Pickard emerged as an NHL regular for the first time this past season, leading the Colorado Avalanche with 50 games played.

Oscar Dansk: Once considered a top prospect in the Columbus Blue Jackets organization, Dansk was the odd-man out among a stacked crop of Blue Jackets goalies and played in his native Sweden the past two seasons. Still only 23-years-old.

Maxime Lagace: An undrafted goalie, 24-year-old Maxime Lagace has yet to play in the NHL, having spent the past three seasons in the Dallas Stars' farm system.

Video: Fleury drafted by Golden Knights, gets loud applause

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Defensemen

Jake Bischoff: Acquired from the New York Islanders as part of an Expansion Draft deal which also saw Vegas net Jean-Francois Berube, a first-round draft pick and second-round draft pick, Bischoff has yet to play in the NHL. Bischoff, 22, is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and that state's high school hockey system. Is considered a smooth-skating, defensive defenseman.

Chris Casto: Big and physical, Casto is the quintissential stay-at-home defenseman. A veteran of the Boston Bruins' farm system, Casto will be challenging for extended NHL duty for the first time this season.

Deryk Engelland: A former Las Vegas Wrangler, Engelland has lived in the city, where he met his wife, since his days in the ECHL. Doesn't contribute much on offense at this stage in his career, but is a high-effort, high-emotion, defensive defenseman.

 

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Jason Garrison: Possesses perhaps the most booming slap shot on the Golden Knights. Once scored 16 goals in a season as a member of the Florida Panthers, and has a good size (6-foot-2, 223 pounds) to complement his ability to contribute on the power play.

Brad Hunt: Although only 5-foot-9 and with 33 games of NHL experience, Hunt is a multi-time All-Star at the AHL level, and could challenge for some time with the Golden Knights this season.

Brayden McNabb: Ever since his junior days with the Kootenay Ice, McNabb has been known and a big, mean customer who's not shy about playing the body. He's maintained this reputation throughout his NHL career, which has seen him play for both the Los Angeles Kings and Buffalo Sabres.

Jon Merrill: Merrill joined the New Jersey Devils a few years ago out of the University of Michigan as the team's top defensive prospect. Merrill still has a skill set that allows him to excel on both sides of the puck, although the 25-year-old will be looking for a level of consistency in Vegas that he never showed in New Jersey.

Colin Miller: One of only two right-handed defensemen (Deryk Engelland) currently on the roster, Miller fills an important void on Vegas' blue line.

Griffin Reinhart: The son of an NHL player and brother of another, Reinhart was the fourth overall pick in the NHL Draft by the New York Islanders five years ago. Reinhart later moved onto the Edmonton Oilers, and is still looking to establish himself as an NHL regular.

Luca Sbisa: An Italian-born defenseman who has played for the Swiss national team, Sbisa has the tools that allow him to perform well on both the offensive and defensive sides of the puck. Has played with the Vancouver Canucks, Anaheim Ducks and Philadelphia Flyers.

Nate Schmidt: Never drafted, Schmidt was brought into pro hockey by George McPhee when the current Vegas GM held the same position with the Washington Capitals. Although not big, Schmidt is one of the better skating, better puck moving defensemen that the Golden Knights have.

Clayton Stoner: Doesn't put up many points on the scoresheet, but plays an old-school, physical brand of hockey from the blue line.

Shea Theodore: Perhaps the most talented defenseman that the Golden Knights have, Theodore is still only 21-years-old, but found himself an odd man out when the Anaheim Ducks ran into difficulties protecting players in the Expansion Draft. Tall (6-foot-2), but not overly heavy (195 pounds), Theodore is a modern defenseman - not overly physical, but can skate and move the puck well, which are key attributes in today's NHL.

 

Video: George McPhee reviews the Golden Knights' roster

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Forwards

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare: One of the only NHL players born in France, Bellemare is a defense-first forward who can line up at center or on either wing.

William Carrier: Has the size and skill and to be a power forward at the NHL level, but has struggled with injuries early in his NHL career.

David Clarkson: Hasn't played in nearly two seasons due to injury. Was traded to the Golden Knights by the Columbus Blue Jackets as part of an Expansion Draft deal that saw Vegas acquire a first-round pick.

Reid Duke: Signed as the first player in Golden Knights history in March, Duke will be playing his first season of pro hockey in 2017-18, either with Vegas or the AHL's Chicago Wolves.

Cody Eakin: Scored 19 goals in a season as recently as two years ago, although struggled during the 2016-17 season with the Dallas Stars. A center, Eakin was originally drafted and developed by the Washington Capitals under George McPhee.

Mikhail Grabovski: A veteran, skilled center, Grabovski is more of a playmaker than a goal scorer. Enjoyed his best success with the Toronto Maple Leafs and played under George McPhee with the Washington Capitals, although has played with the New York Islanders the past two years.

Nikita Gusev: Has never played in the NHL, but has been a dynamic offensive force in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League, often playing on a line with Golden Knights center Vadim Shipachyov. GM George McPhee has said, however, that it will probably be at least a year before the Golden Knights can get Gusev to join Vegas from Russia's KHL.

 

Video: Gary Lawless on teams negotiating with Vegas

 

Erik Haula: A quintessential hard-working, all-purpose forward, Haula figures to probably line up on one of the Golden Knights' bottom two lines. He has, however, scored 15 goals in an NHL season, and is capable of playing any offensive position. Has some underrated offensive upside.

Tomas Hyka: Originally an LA Kings draft pick, Hyka is transitioning back to North America, after playing in the Czech Extraliga the past three years.

William Karlsson: Once a well thought of prospect with the Anaheim Ducks, Karlsson, a Swede, is a smooth skater and strong playmaker. Has yet to reach his potential at the NHL level, with his 25 points with the Columbus Blue Jackers in 2016-17 a career-high.

Brendan Leipsic: A small, feisty forward with offensive ability, Leipsic has been compared to a young Brad Marchand. Has been a top AHL scorer the past few seasons with the Toronto Marlies and Milwaukee Admirals; however, has only played six NHL games and is looking to establish himself as a regular in the league for the first time.

Oscar Lindberg: A former Coyotes draft pick, Lindberg has been a fan favorite with the New York Rangers the past two seasons. Although he's yet to reach 30 points in an NHL season, is seen by many as someone on the brink of breaking through as a bona fide offensive threat at the NHL level.

Jonathan Marchessault: A career underdog, the undersized Marchessault was never drafted, and found himself in his fourth organization in four years this past season. His stock right now, however, is at an all-time high after he reached the 30-goal plateau for the first time in his NHL career with the Florida Panthers this past season.

Stefan Matteau: A former first-round pick of the New Jersey Devils and the son of 1994 New York Rangers Stanley Cup hero Stephane Matteau, he has yet to break through at the NHL level. Still owns projectable size, if not the scoring touch that was originally expected of him, and has the potential of being a solid role player with the Golden Knights should he make the NHL roster.

James Neal: Probably the most established goal scorer on the Golden Knights roster, Neal, 29, has scored 20 or more goals in nine straight seasons. This includes a 30-goal season, and a 40-goal season, and a trip to the Stanley Cup Final with the Nashville Predators in 2016-17.

Tomas Nosek: Entering the crossroads of his pro hockey career, Nosek has yet to establish himself at the NHL level during his time with the Detroit Red Wings, but has put up numbers in the AHL. He was the leading playoff scorer for the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins this past spring as the team won the Calder Cup.

David Perron: A known offensive quantity at the NHL level, Perron is usually a lock to score anywhere from 35-50 points in a season, although has the potential for more. His best offensive season came three years ago, when he racked up 28 goals and 29 assists with the Edmonton Oilers. Also known as a proficient performer in shootouts.

Teemu Pulkkinen: A forward with high-end offensive skill, Pulkkinen found himself in a revolving door this past season, moving from the Detroit Red Wings, to the Minnesota Wild and then the Arizona Coyotes. If Pulkkinen can find some consistency, he could play on one of Vegas' top two lines.

 

Video: Vegas Golden Knights' 2017 Expansion Draft

 

Vadim Shipachyov: Signed by the Golden Knights earlier this spring as a free agent, Shipachyov has never played in the NHL, but might be the clubhouse leader to pace the Golden Knights in scoring this season. A champion in Russia's KHL, Shipachyov might have been the best playmaker in the world not in the NHL the past few seasons.

Reilly Smith: Should be one of the Golden Knights' leading goal scorers, having averaged 20 over the past two seasons. Played the best hockey of his career under Gerard Gallant with the Florida Panthers, putting in 25 goals during the 2015-16 season.

Paul Thompson: A veteran minor leaguer who's usually good for 20 goals per year at the AHL level, Thompson is an honest, two-way, hardworking center. After playing 21 games with the Florida Panthers last season, is hoping to get some extended time with the Golden Knights this season.

Alex Tuch: A first-round pick of the Minnesota Wild in 2014, Tuch found his way to the Golden Knights as part of an Expansion Draft trade that came as a result of his former team having difficulties protecting all of his players. Still young with a 1996 birthday, Tuch is huge at 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, and has the pedigree to be a regular 20-30 goal scorer at the NHL level.

T.J. Tynan: An All-Star at the AHL level, Tynan's obstacle is establishing himself at the NHL level despite being only 5-foot-9 and 165 pounds. He does, however, have solid playmaking skills and will probably be a top scorer for the Chicago Wolves if he fails to make the Golden Knights.

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