The Vegas Golden Knights and general manager George McPhee are getting ready to assemble the first roster in franchise history. Ahead of the team’s inaugural season, the Golden Knights are able to make up their roster from players that have been left unprotected by the rest of the league. But as Vegas looks to build for the future, the team has reportedly been involved in a number of trade talks that would involve them not taking players that have been left exposed, opting instead for draft picks and other pieces from those teams.
“We’ve got lots of things lined up, but until we see everything, we don’t have anything,” McPhee said. “We’re going to make all of our final decisions late, because we don’t know what kind of calls we’re going to get today. They may be different. The same manager might have different things to say now that we’re in the expansion window.”
The Golden Knights already have the No. 6 overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, which begins on Friday. But reportedly, the team could have more picks coming their way, from the Columbus Blue Jackets, New York Islanders, and Anaheim Ducks, just to not select the players the teams left unprotected.
As one example, the Blue Jackets are expected to send their first-round pick (24th overall) to Vegas in order for the team to not select players Columbus hopes to keep.
“This has worked out very well for the Vegas Golden Knights and we expect to put a good, entertaining club on the ice,” McPhee said.