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Team Reset

Golden Knights stockpile draft picks to help build foundation

Three-time Stanley Cup champion Fleury to be face of franchise in meantime

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

After the NHL Draft, free agency and other offseason moves, NHL.com is taking a look at where each team stands. Today, the Vegas Golden Knights:

Instead of resetting like the other 30 NHL teams, the Vegas Golden Knights are setting their foundation.

They used the NHL Expansion Draft, the 2017 NHL Draft and free agency to work toward twin goals of building a competitive team for their inaugural season and stockpiling assets for the future.

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Summer with Stanley

Fleury brings Stanley Cup home for 'last day as a Penguin'

Golden Knights goalie takes trophy to Quebec, shifts focus to Vegas

by Arpon Basu @ArponBasu / LNH.com Senior Managing Editor

SOREL-TRACY, Quebec -- Marc-Andre Fleury was in the middle of Colisee Cardin, the biggest rink in his hometown, and stood with the Stanley Cup as hundreds of local minor hockey players waited their turn for a picture with their local hero Saturday night.

The kids came out from the stands in small groups, one team at a time, wearing their jerseys, and Fleury made sure to shake hands and chat with each of them before posing for pictures and signing autographs. One kid even interviewed Fleury, using a marker as a microphone, and the Vegas Golden Knights goaltender played along, answering his questions.

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Golden Knights sign their three first-round picks

Glass, Suzuki, Brannstrom were historic selections by Vegas in 2017 NHL Draft

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The Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday signed their three first-round picks from the 2017 NHL Draft.

Center Cody Glass (No. 6), center Nick Suzuki (No. 13) and defenseman Erik Brannstrom (No. 15) each received a three-year, entry-level contract.

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Nick Suzuki of Golden Knights thrives on 'hockey sense'

Cerebral Vegas center prospect needs to work on skating, strength to be force in NHL

by Mike Cranston / NHL.com Correspondent

LAS VEGAS -- Seconds into the first scrimmage at the Vegas Golden Knights development camp, center Nick Suzuki, the 13th pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, was knocked off the puck and sent into the boards by defenseman Erik Brannstrom, the 15th pick.

It only got more intense. By the end of camp, Suzuki had his share of wins in that matchup, and a newfound understanding for what he needs to work on to play in the NHL. 

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Jonathan Marchessault relieved to join Golden Knights

Forward, selected in Expansion Draft, eager to build on breakout season with Panthers

by Dave McCarthy / NHL.com Correspondent

OAKVILLE, Ontario -- Jonathan Marchessault of the Vegas Golden Knights insists his feelings were not hurt when he was left unprotected in the NHL Expansion Draft by the Florida Panthers, and the forward says he is glad there is no more uncertainty regarding where he will be playing this season.

"I knew the Panthers were trying to make a deal (to keep me) but I didn't know what was going to happen," Marchessault said at the NHL Players' Association golf tournament at Glen Abbey Golf Club on Wednesday. "It's not always fun to not know where to go, but when (Golden Knights general manager) George McPhee called me the day before the draft, it was a relief and I'm really happy to be a part of it."

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Golden Knights expect big things from Alex Tuch

Forward hoping to show Vegas he was worth acquiring in trade with Wild

by Mike Cranston / NHL.com Correspondent

LAS VEGAS -- Alex Tuch first heard about it on Twitter. Then, on June 21, while watching the NHL Expansion Draft on TV, he found out it was official: He had been traded to the Vegas Golden Knights by the Minnesota Wild.

It was a somewhat stunning turn of events for the 21-year-old forward, considering defensemen Matt Dumba and Marco Scandella, and veteran center Eric Staal, were left unprotected by the Wild.

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NHL Insider

Off-ice officials get training along with Golden Knights

New staff learning how to record information from NHL games

by Mike Cranston / NHL.com Correspondent

LAS VEGAS -- Near each goal five people sat in front of laptops. Behind them stood six spotters, watching, instructing and yelling. It was a whirlwind of activity as a scrimmage during Vegas Golden Knights development camp was played in front of them.

"No. 55 with a hit on 63," one of the spotters shouted. Another called out a line change. And when an extra skater came on the ice, "goalie pulled," echoed through Las Vegas Ice Center.

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Trade Coverage

Marcus Kruger traded to Hurricanes by Golden Knights

Center was acquired by Vegas from Blackhawks two days before

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Forward Marcus Kruger was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes by the Vegas Golden Knights on Tuesday, two days after he was traded by the Chicago Blackhawks.

Vegas receives Carolina's fifth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.

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Trade Coverage

Marcus Kruger traded to Golden Knights by Blackhawks

Chicago will receive future considerations from Vegas for 27-year-old forward

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Forward Marcus Kruger was traded to the Vegas Golden Knights by the Chicago Blackhawks for future considerations Sunday.

Kruger, 27, had 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) in 70 games for the Blackhawks last season and one assist in four Stanley Cup Playoff games. His best offensive season was 2013-14, when he finished with 28 points (eight goals, 20 assists).

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Trade Coverage

Alexei Emelin traded to Predators by Golden Knights

Defenseman was selected from Canadiens in NHL Expansion Draft

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Defenseman Alexei Emelin was traded to the Nashville Predators by the Vegas Golden Knights for a third-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft on Saturday.

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