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Golden Knights pleased with Expansion Draft selections

Vegas owner Bill Foley says they have 'great team from the net out'

by Tom Gulitti @tomgulittinhl / NHL.com Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS -- Vegas Golden Knights owner Bill Foley was keeping his lips sealed about the players they selected, who will be revealed during the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft presented by T-Mobile on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN). 

But he could not hide his excitement about the roster created by general manager George McPhee and his staff.

"I believe we put together a great team from the net out," Foley said after emerging from his first Board of Governors meeting as an NHL owner. "I believe the fans are really going to like the team and the trades and the draft picks and the prospects that we have.

"It's not just a player per team. In many cases, it might have been two players a team. It might have been an upgraded draft pick plus a player, all kinds of different situations. Sometimes the player might be an unrestricted free agent who may or may not come with us. We've already signed two restricted free agents to contracts with fellows that we drafted that were restricted free agents. So those are done."

Foley said the unrestricted free agents the Golden Knights selected have not been signed, and it's possible they won't be before they are free to sign with another team July 1.

 

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"Could be someone from a team that didn't have quite the prospects that we wanted, we couldn't get the right assets, so a UFA might have the best alternative on that particular team," Foley said. "So we did that a few times. Not a lot, but a few times. We basically went for the best player on each team we could possibly get."

Foley wouldn't name specific players, saying, "I can keep a secret," or how many trades the Golden Knights completed, but said three or four of the players will be at T-Mobile Arena for the roster announcement.

Foley said he intended to call some of the players selected personally, "because I'm very proud of some of these players."

"What surprised me was the quality of some of our forwards that we were able to get out of this situation, moving players around," he said. "As I said, the people of Las Vegas are going to be happy with what we did. They're going to be pleasantly surprised."

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