What Do the Las Vegas Golden Knights Look Like?

The Las Vegas Golden Kings completed a very important task in becoming an NHL roster last Wednesday, June 22, when they selected their 30 players from the 2017 Expansion Draft, as well as their unheard of 12 draft picks at this year’s entry-level draft.

*The other 30 NHL teams were able protect only a certain number of players which meant that there were numerous players with talent on the board for the Golden Knights to pick.

Here is the 30 players that the Golden Knights took in order.

Draft results

# Player Drafted from
1. Calvin Pickard (G) Colorado Avalanche
2. Luca Sbisa (D) Vancouver Canucks
3. Teemu Pulkkinen (LW) Arizona Coyotes
4. Jon Merrill (D) New Jersey Devils
5. William Carrier (LW) Buffalo Sabres
6. Cody Eakin (C) Dallas Stars
7. Tomas Nosek (LW) Detroit Red Wings
8. Jonathan Marchessault (C) Florida Panthers
9. Brayden McNabb (D) Los Angeles Kings
10. Connor Brickley (C) Carolina Hurricanes
11. Chris Thorburn (RW) Winnipeg Jets
12. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (RW) Philadelphia Flyers
13. Jason Garrison (D) Tampa Bay Lightning
14. Jean-Francois Berube (G) New York Islanders
15. James Neal (LW) Nashville Predators
16. Deryk Engelland (D) Calgary Flames
17. Brendan Leipsic (LW) Toronto Maple Leafs
18. Colin Miller (D) Boston Bruins
19. Marc Methot (D) Ottawa Senators
20. David Schlemko (D) San Jose Sharks
21. David Perron (LW) St. Louis Blues
22. Oscar Lindberg (C) New York Rangers
23. Griffin Reinhart (D) Edmonton Oilers
24. Alexei Emelin (D) Montreal Canadians
25. Clayton Stoner (D) Anaheim Ducks
26. Erik Haula (C) Minnesota Wild
27. William Karlsson (C) Columbus Blue Jackets
28. Trevor Van Riemsdyk (D) Chicago Blackhawks
29. Marc-Andre Fleury (G) Pittsburgh Penguins
30. Nate Schmidt (D) Washington Capitals

On paper, Las Vegas offers a roster riddled with quality role players, but one that lacks a stand-alone star. With that in mind, it’s tough to project Las Vegas to make any type of run for the playoffs in the next several years. Also, here is how Las Vegas might line up its depth chart next year.

Right Wing: James Neal, Chris Thorburn, Brendan Leipsic and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare

Center: Jonathan Marchessault, Erik Hula, Oscar Lindberg and William Karlsson

Left Wing: David Perron, Tomas Nosek, Teemu Pulkkinen and William Carrier

Goalies: Marc-Andre Fleury and Calvin Pickard

Other Defensive Pairings: Jason Garrison, Marc Methot, Griffin Reinhart, Luca Sbisa, Clayton Stoner and Deryk Engelland

As I stated above, Las Vegas enters their first season in the NHL as a below average team that in retrospect left high-end talent on the expansion board. Las Vegas decided to lean with youth instead of experience which is a risky move considering hockey analysts don’t believe the team will stay in Vegas for more than a dozen years.

Regardless, here is a final look into the Golden Knights’ prospects chart, and who are the top players in Las Vegas’  system. All of these are picks from their recent draft.

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