Vegas Golden Knights roster revealed, piece by piece


Vegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee did plenty of damage as he submitted his picks in the expansion draft, including Marc-Andre Fleury.

The NHL's newest franchise poached one player from each of the 30 other teams around the league.

Through side deals and a little creativity, it looks like the Golden Knights will come away with plenty of assets.

The official roster announcement came during the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas.

It is expected that McPhee will flip at least some of the players listed on the initial roster when league-wide trading re-opens on Thursday.

Vegas open their inaugural season against the Dallas Stars on October 6.

Here's everything we know about the roster construction so far:



William Karlsson, via Columbus Blue Jackets

Columbus traded this year's first-round draft pick (number 24 overall) and a third-rounder in 2019 as assurance Vegas will not select forward Alexander Wennberg and Josh Anderson and backup goaltender Joonas Korpisalo. The Blue Jackets were also able to dump the contract of David Clarkson on the Knights.

Jonathan Marchessault, via Florida Panthers

Vegas also acquired scoring winger Reilly Smith from the Panthers in exchange for a 2018 fourth-round draft pick, the teams announced. Smith took a step back last season with just 37 points in 80 games and still has five years remaining on his contract at $5million annual average value (AAV). Marchessault was the price to pay to offload that deal.

Eric Haula, via Minnesota Wild

Haula, a restricted free agent, is headed to Vegas after reportedly signing a three-year extension worth $2.75m AAV. Minnesota agreed to trade prospect Alex Tuch  and a second-round draft pick in either the 2017 or 2018 drafts so the Knights would not take coveted defensemen Matt Dumba, Marco Scandella and forward Eric Staal.

James Neal, via Nashville Predators  

Neal, coming off a ninth consecutive 20-goal season, is a perfect example of a player who McPhee may flip to another team for prospects and/or draft picks.

William Carrier, via Buffalo Sabres

In selecting Carrier, Vegas also acquired a 2017 sixth-round draft pick, the team announced. Sabres goalie Linus Ullmark was believed to be their initial target.

Cody Eakin, via Dallas Stars

Tomas Nosek, via Detroit Red Wings

Oscar Lindberg, via New York Rangers

David Perron, via St Louis Blues

Teemu Pulkkinen, via Arizona Coyotes

Connor Brickley, via Carolina Hurricanes

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, via Philadelphia Flyers

Chris Thorburn, via Winnipeg Jets

Brendan Leipsic, via Toronto Maple Leafs



Clayton Stoner, via Anaheim Ducks

Anaheim also agreed to trade defenseman  Shea Theodore to Vegas as incentive to pass on exposed blue liners Josh Manson and Sami Vatanen, the teams announced.

Deryk Engelland, via Calgary Flames

Engelland, 35, is a free agent July 1.

Trevor van Riemsdyk, via Chicago Blackhawks

Vegas have been expected to acquire forward Marcus Kruger from Chicago via trade in an attempt to clear cap space. That may no longer be the case after the team learned Wednesday veteran Marian Hossa will not play in 2017-18, according to the Chicago Tribune .

Alexei Emelin, via Montreal Canadiens

Griffin Reinhart, via Edmonton Oilers

David Schlemko, via San Jose Sharks

Colin Miller, via Boston Bruins

Luca Sbisa, via Vancouver Canucks

Jon Merrill, via New Jersey Devils

Brayden McNabb, via Los Angeles Kings

Jason Garrison, via Tampa Bay Lightning

Marc Methot, via Ottawa Senators

Nate Schmidt, via Washington Capitals



Marc-Andre Fleury, via Pittsburgh Penguins

Fleury has been the long-rumoured pick as a face of the franchise for the Knights after waiving his no-movement clause in a huge favuor to Pittsburgh. The Penguins traded a 2020 second-round draft pick to make sure Vegas select Fleury, who will count $5.75m against the cap the next two seasons.

Jean-Francois Berube, via New York Islanders

Vegas also acquired forward Mikhail Grabovski , the Islanders' first-round draft pick this year (number 15 overall) and a second-rounder in 2019, the teams announced. The steep price was required for the Knights to lay off key unprotecteds like Brock Nelson, Ryan Strome and Calvin de Haan.

Calvin Pickard, via Colorado Avalanche