Hockey is officially in Las Vegas.
After the June 21 expansion draft, the Vegas Golden Knights finally have players to put on the ice, and they’re just about ready to take over Sin City with its first professional sports team.
The expansion draft allowed the Golden Knights, the NHL’s 31st team, to select one player from each team for a total of 30 players — franchises were able to protect either seven forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender or a mix of eight fowards/defensemen and one goaltender.
Some of the highlights of Vegas’ draft was selecting goaltender Marc-Andre Fluery, a three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Pittsburgh Penguins, along with defensemen Marc Methot and Alexei Emelin. They also scooped up veterans David Perron and James Neal.
When Fleury was announced as Vegas’ selection, loud cheers were heard from the new fanbase in the desert.
The selections were made during the NHL’s postseason awards show, conveniently being held at T-Mobile Arena, the same place the Golden Knights will play their home games.
The Golden Knights are owned by Bill Foley and have George McPhee as their general manager. The schedule for the 2017-2018 season hasn’t been announced yet, but the hype has officially started in Vegas.
Here’s a look at the Golden Knights’ full roster:
David Clarkson (acquired via trade)
Reilly Smith (acquired via trade)
Alex Tuch (acquired via trade)
Mikhail Grabovski (acquired via trade)
Nikita Gusev (acquired via trade)
Trevor Van Riemsdyk
Shea Theodore (acquired via trade)
Jake Bischoff (acquired via trade)
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