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My Vegas Golden Knights

Posted 7:37 PM ET | Comments 16
It is not every season, or summer off season we get a chance to do this, so here goes. This is my fun "mock" Vegas Golden Knights draft for the hell of it. Included are the players' team, age, cap hit and contract status. I have a lot of RFA's I would take if I were George McPhee and company, but I like the idea of using this season as a real life tryout and then choose who is most valuable going forward.

B. NELSON (25)* (Lots of Isles forwards, but much needed centerpiece)
NYI C 2.5 M RFA 2018-19

C. EAKIN (26)* (Best option from DAL, looks like they agree with me too)
DAL C 3.85 M UFA 2020-21

C. SISSONS (23)* (Monster playoffs, they'd be foolish not to take him)
NSH C 625 K UFA 2019-20

M. GRIGORENKO (23)* (Take a chance, best option from CLR)

W. KARLSSON (24)* (Best option from CLS, plus known deal in place)
CLS C 1 M RFA 2018-19

J. WEAL (25) (Steal from Philly, but depth player for me right now)

V. SHIPACHYOV (30)* (Already first big signing for VGK)
VGK C 4.5 M UFA 2019-20

D. BROWN (32)* (Crazy eh, Kings fan here too, but a leader, Captain of Knights)
LAK LW 5.875 M UFA 2022-23

B. RYAN (30)* (High risk, but big name player for a brand new club)
OTW RW 7.25 M UFA 2022-23

R. SMITH (26)* (Big contract, but can build a culture)
FLA RW 5 M UFA 2022-23

J. NORDSTROM (25)* (Best option from CAR)
CAR LW 1.275 M RFA 2018-19

B. RUST (25)* (Younger than Hagelin, more upside, don't need MAF!)
PIT LW 640 K RFA 2018-19

N. YAKUPOV (23)* (God why not take a chance!? Low risk big reward!)

R. SHEAHAN (25)* (Best option from DET)
DET RW 2.075 M RFA 2018-19

D. SMITH-PELLY (25) (NJ has nothing to offer, a throwaway pick)
NJD RW 1.3 M UFA 2018-19

A. CHIASSON (26) (Either him or Shinkaruk, Engelland makes no sense!)

W. CARRIER (22) (Only decent young forward from BUF)
BUF LW 684 K RFA 2018-19

B. GAUNCE (23) (Only decent VAN option)

K. RYCHEL (22) (Better of three between Leipsic and Griffith)
TOR LW 863 K RFA 2018-19

J. MANSON (25)* (Prize of the defense available besides Dumba)
ANH D 825 K RFA 2018-19

A. SUSTR (26)* (Solid D from Tampa, easy pick here or Gudlevskis)

B. DILLON (26)* (Most sense from SJS, great value for cap hit)
SJS D 3.27 M UFA 2020-21

M. DUMBA (22)* (No brainer, but sounds like VGK and MIN worked out a deal)
MIN D 2.55 M RFA 2018-19

A. MCQUIAD (30)* (Veteran leadership, Cup winner, brings some flavor)
BOS D 2.75 M UFA 2019-20

T. VAN RIEMSDYK (25)* (Best choice out of CHI, solid future 3-4 pairing)
CHI D 825 K RFA 2018-19

B. CHIAROT (26) (Enstrom declining, too much $)

N. NESTEROV (24)* (Best choice for me out of MTL, defense depth)

G. REINHART (23) (Best choice out of EDM, looks like VGK agree)

A. RAANTA (28)* (Cheaper than MAF, gives a good year of stability, trade piece)
NYR G 1 M UFA 2018-19

P. GRUBAUER (25)* (Best young goalie available, tough over Schmidt though)

L. DOMINGUE (25) (Best choice out of ARZ, solid young net minder #3, backup)

CAP HIT > 22 ON CAP HIT > $45.81 M
* Players who will automatically hit the cap and will dress opening night!

Plenty of cap space to deal with pending RFAs and other likely deals in place to spend on those newly acquired pieces, plus some to use in free agency to make a big first splash.
June 21, 2017 7:52 PM ET | Delete
just give up. less than 3 right
June 21, 2017 7:58 PM ET | Delete
Well, sounds like theres a ton of action going on behind the scenes, so not much sense at protecting 11 guys. This is my team, no picks or other crap like that. I believe this team I picked could compete right away.
June 21, 2017 8:00 PM ET | Delete
I don't care if I match up at all, if I am in the "war"room behind the scenes these are the guys I would target if I want my team to compete right away. Don't want to put a piece of garbage on the ice and except fans in a desert to come flocking in each night lol. Gotta have some flavor and some guys with a good track record.
June 21, 2017 8:40 PM ET | Delete
Florida Panthers just got hosed! NO wonder they have very little support down there. Or basically none. Just move this franchise to Quebec City!
June 21, 2017 8:40 PM ET | Delete
I like McNabb, only one of the hapless, non caring Kings team of 16-17 to stand up to people taking runs at teammates and the only one to beat the crap out of that little Puke Tkachuk in Calgary. Good luck in Vegas!
June 21, 2017 8:42 PM ET | Delete
Well, one good note about the Panthers front office being asleep at the wheel here letting a couple solid players get away, when they are only to lose 1 player...This robbery pretty much ensure the Leafs will finish ahead of Florida in the playoff race.
June 21, 2017 11:27 PM ET | Delete
tumbleweed i think of you as one of those fat, naked, hairy, odd looking trolls from that south park mini series with the Danish troll plot....skankhunt42??
June 22, 2017 12:01 AM ET | Delete
Be careful, rumor has it Tumbleweed is in the running for next global super mod.
June 22, 2017 12:05 AM ET | Delete
Royalgardens = rattled
June 22, 2017 12:30 AM ET | Delete
@royalgardens I like the direction you took with forwards but that D and Goal are painful
June 22, 2017 12:39 AM ET | Delete
This team needs moar shane doan for goalie
June 22, 2017 1:38 PM ET | Delete
Tumbleweed, I agree, I'm hoping to see Jonathans Vegas forecast soon.
June 22, 2017 3:44 PM ET | Delete
thejonathans are the only voices that really matter. need your vegas roster double j!
June 23, 2017 2:10 PM ET | Delete
Oiler 76...You really don't think that goaltending trio is strong? I am shocked that Vegas didn't take Grubauer! A very solid young goaltender, even outplayed Holtby a times throughout the last two seasons...at times. Lets not take away anything from Holtby, but the young German can definitely play and won't get that opportunity to take the reigns in WSH. Im am sure he was plenty available to choose from. Pickard would have been my third, but I went with Domingue who also has a good upside. Defense is ok, but sounds like Dumba was not available. And they quickly traded away TVR,
June 23, 2017 2:12 PM ET | Delete
I would have been looking to deal Raanta at the deadline or sooner and let Grubauer take over. Raanta would have been a good trade piece. He helped get the Rangers a first rounder tonight.
June 23, 2017 9:54 PM ET | Delete
Honestly I like what Vegas has done. Focus on having end of the day a lot of young talent with some solid vets and very solid goaltending. They have definitely stocked the cupboard well with a hoard of picks by getting lots of defence to go ahead and flip them too. McPhee has played this very well indeed instead of trying to just go all in now with no depth or chance to do anything for years. They jumpstarted themselves and should be better than I think most are giving them credit for at this point.
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