The roster of the NHL’s newest expansion team will be revealed on Wednesday. Here’s how we see the Vegas Golden Knights taking shape.
The Vegas Golden Knights, the NHL’s latest expansion team, will begin play next season. The Knights have already signed 30-year-old Russian center Vadim Shipachyov, who scored 26 goals and had 76 points for SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL this season, as well as WHL forward Reid Duke, 21, and Czech forward Tomas Hyka, 24.
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The Golden Knights will fill the rest of their roster through the expansion draft, during which they’ll select one player from each of the league’s other 30 teams. Those 30 teams have already revealed their protected lists — players that the Golden Knights cannot select. Every team had the option to protect seven forwards, three defensemen and a goaltender, or a combination of eight total skaters and a goalie.
The Golden Knights now have until Wednesday at 10 a.m. ET to select their team from the lists of available players. Vegas will reveal its roster during the NHL awards ceremony on Wednesday night in Las Vegas.
Here’s how we see the Vegas Golden Knights’ roster shaping up, barring trades or side deals that will deter the Knights from picking specific players:
James Neal – Marcus Kruger – Reilly Smith
Mikkel Boedker – Ryan Strome – Michael Grabner
Lee Stempniak – Trevor Lewis – Matt Calvert
Brendan Leipsic – Jay Beagle – Dmitrij Jaskin
Marko Dano – Hunter Shinkaruk – J. T. Brown
Teemu Pulkkinen – Tomas Nosek – Daniel Carr
Marc Methot – Matt Dumba
Luca Sbisa – Zach Bogosian
Jon Merrill – Josh Manson
Jamie Oleksiak – Colin Miller
— Tal Pinchevsky
Alexander Radulov – Brock Nelson – Radim Vrbata
James Neal – Jonathan Marchessault – Michael Grabner
David Perron – Brian Boyle – Jimmy Hayes
Matt Moulson – Trevor Lewis – Lee Stempniak
Brendan Gaunce, Marko Dano, Jordan Weal, Mikhail Grigorenko, Hunter Shinkaruk
Marc Methot – Sami Vatanen
Dan Hamhuis – Matt Dumba
Kris Russell – Ben Lovejoy
Trevor van Riemsdyk, Jake Dotchin, Xavier Ouellet
— Andrew Knoll