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Fantasy: Golden Knights roster after NHL Expansion Draft

Jonathan Marchessault, Shea Theodore could see prominent roles if they remain with Vegas

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Senior Fantasy Editor

The Vegas Golden Knights officially have a roster, meaning we can finally begin to incorporate their NHL Expansion Draft selections and other players into the fantasy landscape.

There likely are still plenty of trades and free-agent signings ahead for the Golden Knights, especially involving their surplus of defensemen. They will also have the No. 6 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft on Friday.

But for now, let's identify Vegas' most fantasy-relevant players. Four players they selected were among NHL.com's latest top 250 rankings, and their biggest free-agent signing to date joins them in that company.

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Expansion Draft

Golden Knights seem to achieve twin objectives at Expansion Draft

Select players to be competitive right away, acquire draft picks to build contender

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

LAS VEGAS -- After the NHL Expansion Draft on Wednesday, thousands of fans flooded the floor of T-Mobile Arena for a round table of the Vegas Golden Knights. General manager George McPhee sat onstage and listed the great experiences of his hockey career.

"The Stanley Cup is going to be up there," he said.

Yeah, he said it. He used the "Stanley Cup" and "is" in the same sentence, as if a championship were destined. The fans cheered.

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Short Shifts

Penguins make touching video tribute for Marc-Andre Fleury

Pittsburgh selected goalie 14 years before Golden Knights selected him in expansion draft

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Fourteen years to the very day that Marc-Andre Fleury was drafted No. 1   in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins, he was selected again.

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Expansion Draft

Golden Knights choose 30 players, announce 10 trades at Expansion Draft

Marc-Andre Fleury, James Neal among those selected by Vegas

by Mike Cranston / NHL.com Correspondent

LAS VEGAS -- Three-time Stanley Cup-winning goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, former 40-goal scorer James Neal and center Jonathan Marchessault were among the 30 players selected by the Vegas Golden Knights at the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft presented by T-Mobile on Wednesday.

Vegas also acquired 10 draft picks, three in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft presented by adidas, over the next four years to help it build for the future.

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Expansion Draft

Marc-Andre Fleury wants to help Golden Knights, game grow

Goaltender, selected from Penguins in Expansion Draft, out to boost Vegas, local youth hockey

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

LAS VEGAS -- Marc-Andre Fleury didn't expect it, that standing ovation, the fans inside T-Mobile Arena chanting his last name.

"I was just going on the stage to give a quick wave and get out of there," the goaltender said after the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft presented by T-Mobile on Wednesday. "That was a warm welcome. I'm very excited about it."

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Expansion Draft

Losing James Neal in Expansion Draft tough reality for Predators

GM David Poile says price to keep Golden Knights from taking forward was 'just too high'

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- The tough reality of losing forward James Neal to the Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday set in for Nashville Predators general manager David Poile.

After Poile was rewarded for his work in helping the Predators reach their first Stanley Cup Final by being selected General Manager of the Year, he saw the Golden Knights take Neal as one of their 30 choices in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft presented by T-Mobile.

"That hurts. We're down a man," Poile said.

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Expansion Draft

Golden Knights by the numbers

30 players chosen in Expansion Draft create roster similar to rest of NHL

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

LAS VEGAS -- The team the Vegas Golden Knights selected Wednesday in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft presented by T-Mobile has some immediate credibility in both the high-profile nature of some of the players and the underlying numbers related to the 30-man roster.

The Golden Knights chose one player from each of the other 30 NHL teams and wound up similar to them in experience, height, weight and age.

Here is a look, by the numbers, at the team announced at T-Mobile Arena, the home of the Golden Knights, who play their first NHL game Oct. 6 at the Dallas Stars.

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The RoundUp

Golden Knights roster unveiled at Expansion Draft

Marc-Andre Fleury from Penguins, Nate Schmidt from Capitals complete list of 30 selections

by Dan Rosen @DRosenNHL / NHL.com Senior Writer

LAS VEGAS -- And finally, the Vegas Golden Knights have a team.

The Golden Knights made their 30 selections in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft on Wednesday and added seven more players and 10 draft picks acquired through 10 trades.

Here is a look at the 30 players and an analysis of Vegas' picks, trades and what it all means:

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Expansion Draft

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."

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The Buzz

Expansion Draft Buzz: Big day finally here for Golden Knights

Vegas will unveil inaugural roster Wednesday

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Staff Writer

Welcome to the NHL Expansion Draft Buzz. On Wednesday, the Vegas Golden Knights will reveal the players they have chosen from the other 30 NHL teams in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft presented by T-Mobile (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN).

NOTE: The expansion draft trade/waiver freeze for all NHL teams (excluding the Golden Knights) began Saturday at 3 p.m. ET.

Here's a look around the League at the latest doings as the expansion draft approaches:

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