The Golden Knights have an NHL-ready arena, an experienced front office, an eager coaching staff, an eye-catching logo and positive momentum in their new community.
Just about all the picks were uninteresting, but it's my job to make the uninteresting seem interesting.
Boutilier played in the NHL, AHL and Europe; and has coached university, junior and with Hockey Canada. It's what I do. He passed on Josh Manson and Sami Vatanen to take two defensemen who will nearly definitely be worse than what could have been had. He pointed out Wednesday that the Wranglers were regularly among the ECHL attendance leaders when he played there.
Vegas is picking sixth overall, where the team hopes to acquire a franchise player.
Why? You'd think you'd take a 12-point player with a almost $4 million cap hit only if there were some sort of bonus compensation, but nope.
All three have a chance to become the future faces of the franchise.
Abrams joined the Quinte region rival Trenton Golden Hawks last week in a surprise move after nearly 20 years in The County. "For being a 5'9" defenseman Brannstrom can and will throw the body around he has no problem with being physical. Its kind of been in the back of your mind since they announced the team.
Part of the reason this group is able to capitalize on mistakes though, is because they're a very cautious group.
They should have just taken the other players. Klim was originally projected to be picked in the top 5 or even 3 before the season started. "If I can share a little bit about my experience, my playoff experience, hopefully I can help out my teammates". From the Blue Jackets, the Knights received the 24th pick in 2017 and a second-rounder in 2019.
Beau Bennett was the play here.
The fourth-round pick could add even more value.
But Anderson has already shown he can be productive at the NHL level (17 goals in 78 games last season, his first full season in the league), albeit four years after he was drafted. Maybe there's something there. In addition to Fleury and Engelland, Los Angeles Kings import Brayden McNabb was the first player announced in the flesh.
While the forwards Vegas selected are average in terms of shot volume, they're far below average when it comes to getting risky chances to score.
Calgary's list of unprotected players didn't leave much to be desired, but the Flames still got off remarkably easy.
It was either him or Marcus Kruger. The Devils GM liked what he heard during a lengthy sit-down with Hischier in Switzerland and was impressed with how the potential top-line centre guided the young Halifax Mooseheads to the post-season. Their options will likely come down to centre Casey Mittelstadt, winger Owen Tippett or just about anyone in a draft that has no real defined order.
He should be a solid No. 2 in net for the Knights. "The people of Las Vegas are going to be happy with what we did".
Those are nine players with very diverse backgrounds and skill-sets. But in theory, it's also enough time for the first batch of draft picks to develop into National Hockey League players. That's not Haula's fault but McPhee's decisions about who he did nor did not fleece for picks is confusing.
Fleury has admitted it will be hard to say goodbye to Pittsburgh. With Cale going to college next year it will be interesting to see where the Avalanche end up next year if they can pull together and win or if they end up last in the league again.
Perhaps this is where the Knights look for a goaltender.
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is a finalist for both the Hart Memorial Trophy (NHL MVP) and the Ted Lindsay Award (outstanding player as voted by NHLPA).
Is he going to be a.920 goaltender for the Knights? Plus, the second-round pick makes it a palatable choice when there were some speedy forwards available.
Indeed, this isn't your usual expansion team roster. When you have one pick in the first round, you're looking for one guy. They should have gotten more, but at least they got this one. McPhee could package a few of his surplus of picks to move up for Patrick if he feels the Canadian is worth it.