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"It worked out that we got some size and strength in the second round".

"We were ready for what transpired in the expansion draft, and our strategy seemed to work really well". The players were picked by the Golden Knights in the National Hockey League expansion draft. "This could not have gone better in my mind".

The selection of Methot is a major coup for the Golden Knights.

Vegas landed a first rounder in 2017 and a second in 2019 from NY _ all to likely keep the Knights from selecting one of Brock Nelson, Calvin de Haan, or perhaps Ryan Strome.

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They could attempt to re-sign Johnson on July 1 - if he hasn't already inked a deal with the Coyotes, whom acquired his rights in the Smith trade and are protecting him in the NHL Expansion Draft - or find a suitable back-up like Mike Condon, Jonathan Bernier or Anders Nilsson.

It was a savvy move by McPhee, who made 10 trades leading up to the expansion draft.

That transition to the desert will be easier for some Golden Knights: Deryk Engelland has lived in Las Vegas in the off-season for a decade.

While about half of the picks at forward look good, the defence is another story. "So we're in a pretty good place".

After an up-and-down career in Pittsburgh, the three-time Stanley Cup champion goalie is among 30 National Hockey League veterans who could get a fresh start out West after the Golden Knights grabbed him in the National Hockey League expansion draft.

The problem is many consider Patrick the No. 1 prospect in the draft and he'll likely be long gone by the time the Golden Knights are on the clock.

The Golden Knights had center Cody Glass rated in their top five and got him at No. 6. Center Riley Sheahan, defenseman Xavier Ouellet, and goaltender Petr Mrazek were all on their unprotected list for the expansion draft.

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The Knights also scooped up second and fourth round selections and the rights to a prospect from Tampa, a sixth from Buffalo, a first and third from Winnipeg as well as a fourth rounder and former 20-goal-scorer Reilly Smith from Florida. "They're going to be pleasantly surprised".

"If there's one thing I've known it's that nothing is really assured", he said. "That didn't happen, but I'm fortunate now". "I'm not looking to be the face of much". I'm going to make the most of it. "I'll just use it as motivation".

McPhee traded the No. 45 pick to the Columbus Blue Jackets for forward Keegan Kolesar.

Dreger also said Wednesday that "rumblings indicate" Leipsic will be the player McPhee selects off the Maple Leafs' roster.

Vegas' first player development camp starts Tuesday.

There are two schools of thought when compiling an expansion team.

So it's fair to say that GM George McPhee and his staff set up the Golden Knights for a lot of potential success in the coming years. "It helps us fill in the middle".

The Vegas Golden Knights finally have a team, featuring big names like Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and Nashville forward James Neal and an ex-Sabres prospect in William Carrier.

"It was just about him growing up and maturing", McPhee said at the scouting combine.

"My skating has come along, and I could always shot the puck", he said. He said that the league wants to do something uncommon like today's occasion to make the fans happy, especially the ones in Vegas. One person even shouted that he loved the newest member of the team. "He enjoyed his expansion experience and told me to enjoy my time with Vegas". "We're not going to fast-track anyone". Ten of those players never played a game for the Thrashers.