NHL holds first expansion draft in 17 years


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Nicolo Manzo, Asst. Sports Editor

The National Hockey League’s (NHL) newest team, the Vegas Golden Knights, finally has a roster.

The NHL held an expansion draft at the future home of the Golden Knights, the T-Mobile Arena, last week.

Here are some of the sights and sounds from the draft.

This expansion draft marked the first since 2000 when the rosters of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild were filled.

The draft’s full rules are complicated, but it boils down to one simple concept.

Each of the established 30 NHL teams were allowed to protect either seven forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender or eight skaters (forwards/defensemen) and one goaltender.

The Golden Knights could select one player from each team’s non-protected list to fill out its roster.

Some notable selections were goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury from the Pittsburgh Penguins, left wingers James Neal from the Nashville Predators and David Perron from the St. Louis Blues. Additional selections were 13 defenders including former Chicago Blackhawk Trevor van Riemsdyk, whose stay in Sin City didn’t last long after subsequently being traded to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Here is the full list of selections, according to NHL.com:

Teemu Pulkkinen (Arizona Coyotes)
William Carrier (Buffalo Sabres)
Tomas Nosek (Detroit Red Wings)
Cody Eakin (Dallas Stars)
Jonathan Marchessault (Florida Panthers)
Reilly Smith (via trade, Florida Panthers)
Connor Brickley (Carolina Hurricanes)
Chris Thorburn (Winnipeg Jets)
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (Philadelphia Flyers)
Nikita Gusev (via trade, Tampa Bay Lightning)
Mikhail Grabovski (via trade, New York Islanders)
James Neal (Nashville Predators)
Brendan Leipsic (Toronto Maple Leafs)
David Perron (St. Louis Blues)
Oscar Lindberg (New York Rangers)
Erik Haula (Minnesota Wild)
Alex Tuch (via trade, Minnesota Wild)
William Karlsson (Columbus Blue Jackets)
David Clarkson (via trade, Columbus Blue Jackets)


Luca Sbisa (Vancouver Canucks)
Jon Merrill (New Jersey Devils)
Brayden McNabb (Los Angeles Kings)
Jason Garrison (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Jake Bischoff (via trade, New York Islanders)
Deryk Engelland (Calgary Flames)
Colin Miller (Boston Bruins)
Marc Methot (Ottawa Senators)
David Schlemko (San Jose Sharks)
Griffin Reinhart (Edmonton Oilers)
Alexei Emelin (Montreal Canadiens)
Clayton Stoner (Anaheim Ducks)
Shea Theodore (via trade, Anaheim Ducks)
Trevor van Riemsdyk (Chicago Blackhawks)
Nate Schmidt (Washington Capitals)


Calvin Pickard (Colorado Avalanche)
Jean-François Berube (New York Islanders)
Marc-Andre Fleury (Pittsburgh Penguins)
The roster may change over the next several months. Something that won’t change is the Golden Knights’ first regular season opener, set for Oct. 6 against the Dallas Stars.

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