June28

Top 10: Vegas Golden Knights Expansion Draft Selections

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In this blog, I’ll list my favourite and least favourite selections by the Golden Knights, 5 for each.

I’ll start with my least favourite selections:
(some have added trades, which were probably major factors in Vegas not selecting a better player from that team)
Number 5

Alexei Emelin

First off the Golden Knights selected way too many defenceman. Not only do they not need as many, they now have an excess of them which makes it much harder to trade them away when other organizations know you are stuck with too many. Next Emelin is already on a decline, but again better are options available. Options: Davidson or Plekanec.

Number 4

Jean-Francois Berube

This is one of a few easy bottom 5 selections in the fact that they are UFA’s. Why waste a selection on a player soon to be available anyways? Tthere are some fine players they could have chosen above him. *Vegas acquired Grabovski, Bishoff and the Islanders 1st rd pick (2017) in exchange for a 2nd rd pick (2019). Options: De Haan, R.Strome.

Number 3

Clayton Stoner

Another defenceman and a slow one at that. Stoner might be an alright 3rd pairing but when you already have many better defenceman he isn’t needed. (I’ll mention more about the Ducks Selections/Moves in my top 5) Options: Vatanen, Manson.

Number 2

Chris Thorburn

A UFA and an enforcer, many of the other options from the Jets would have been a fairer selection. Thorburn is a solid team player but he could have been had a week later easily. Options: Dano.

Number 1

Deryk Engelland

Ok if you don’t know this is a homer move, but it’s still a bad one. Engellend a soon to be UFA could have been taken in a few days but the ex-Las Vegas Wrangler who started his professional hockey career there is winding down his career at the age of 35 and will probably retire being a Golden Knight after a year or 2. Options: Brouwer, Shinkaruk.

Top 5 selections:

Number 5

Reilly Smith/Jonathan Marchessault

Vegas selected Jonathan and traded for Reilly for a 4th rd pick (2018) to the Panthers. Marchessault was a soon to be UFA but I’m not too sure how but Vegas got both of them. This was a solid move/selection. The trade had something to do with the selection and maybe Panthers made the move to protect a player like Demers who is a solid defenceman.

Number 4

Shea Theodore

Theodore looked great in the 2nd half of the season and excellent in the playoffs for the Ducks. Vegas selected Stoner and traded for Theodore, which looks like a protection move for Vegas not have plucking away either Vatanen or Manson. I really like Theodore but at the moment Vatanen or Manson would have been much better. Interesting move here, I still like it.

Number 3

Jason Garrison

An offensive defenceman. Garrison had a horrible season last year the worst of his career so he was left unprotected. If Garrison can re-cover even somewhat it will be a great move. Sustr is underrated and would have been an alright option but Garrison still has the skills to be great offensive weapon on the point.

Number 2

James Neal

There were many options to select from the Predators after their fine run in the playoffs. Neal is sniper who could still score 30 goals per season. A steal here for Vegas.

Number 1

Marc-Andre Fleury

What a selection. A Stanley Cup winning goaltender for a new organization. Fleury winning the Cup with the Penguins in 2009 and again for back 2 back’s the last 2 years with this year being very vital to their run. Fleury is a solid goaltender and a perfect fit for Vegas.