Marc-Andre Fleury, Marc Methot, James Neal title Golden Knights’ enlargement breeze haul

Marc-Andre Fleury already is a champion. Now he’s a Golden Knight.


The maestro goaltender was comparison by a Vegas Golden Knights in their enlargement draft, a results of which were announced Wednesday during a 2017 NHL Awards telecast. The proclamation comes on a 14th anniversary of Fleury’s being comparison initial altogether by a Pittsburgh Penguins in a 2003 draft.

Fleury, who was on palm for Wednesday night’s ceremony, perceived a largest hearten from a Las Vegas fans, something that astounded a 32-year-old.

“I didn’t know that was coming,” Fleury said. “I was a small astounded by that. That was a comfortable welcome, and I’m removing vehement about it.”

Fleury now goes from a two-time reigning Stanley Cup champions to a dried enlargement team.

“I’m not looking to be a face of much,” Fleury pronounced when asked of being his new team’s star player. “I’m only perplexing to come and play hockey.”

His aged team’s star player, Sidney Crosby, spoke glowingly of a netminder.

“He’s going to be so critical for their organisation with his knowledge and a kind of chairman he is,” Crosby pronounced after a awards show. “You couldn’t have a improved guy.”

Slam dunks and a large skip for Vegas

Certain decisions by a Vegas Golden Knights — a three-time Cup winner, a rock-solid D-man, a former 40-goal scorer — were no-brainers. But during slightest one collect was a small out there.

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  • The Golden Knights’ selections were suggested in retreat sequence of their imagining team’s regular-season standings, definition a Colorado Avalanche‘s actor (Calvin Pickard) came off a house first, while a Washington Capitals‘ collect (Nate Schmidt) was announced last.

    With a initial enlargement breeze picks, Vegas comparison Pickard, a goalie, forwards William Carrier, Cody Eakin, Jonathan Marchessault, Teemu Pulkkinen and Tomas Nosek, and defensemen Brayden McNabb, Jon Merrill and Luca Sbisa.

    James Neal was a biggest particular name suggested in a second turn of enlargement announcements. The maestro brazen posted 41 points for a Stanley Cup Final runner-up Nashville Predators during a unchanging season.

    Neal took to Twitter to appreciate a Preds fans and share his fad about going to Vegas.

    In further to Neal, a Golden Knights also announced a selections of forwards Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Connor Brickley and Chris Thorburn, defensemen Jason Garrison and Deryk Engelland, and goalie Jean-Francois Berube.

    The preference of Berube from a New York Islanders brought a asset for a Golden Knights, as they also acquired, around trade, brazen Mikhail Grabovski, defenseman Jake Bischoff and dual picks — a 2017 first-round preference and a 2019 second-round collect from a Isles.

    Vegas got defensive for a third turn of announcements, selecting 5 defensemen among a organisation of 8 announced players.

    Defensemen Alexei Emelin, Marc Methot, Colin Miller, Griffin Reinhart and David Schlemko were all picked by a Golden Knights, along with forwards Brendan Leipsic, Oscar Lindberg and David Perron.

    In a fourth and final turn of announcements, Vegas combined dual forwards (Erik Haula and William Karlsson) and 3 defensemen (Schmidt, Clayton Stoner and Trevor outpost Riemsdyk), in further to Fleury.

    As partial of other trades, a Knights acquired Reilly Smith from a Florida Panthers and Nikita Gusev from a Tampa Bay Lightning, as good as a brood of picks that were tied to some selections.

    Vegas has some hometown talent on a roster, as well, interjection to a preference of Engelland from a Calgary Flames. Although Canadian, Engelland creates his offseason home in Las Vegas, after spending dual seasons personification for a Las Vegas Wranglers of a ECHL.

    “My roots are here,” Engelland said. “It’s kind of been in a behind of your mind given they announced a team. For it to finally happen, it’s amazing. It was a sincerely easy preference on my part, and I’m vehement to be here.”

    Golden Knights owners Bill Foley had hinted during a size of a team’s selections.

    “What astounded me was a peculiarity of some of a forwards that we were means to get out of this situation,” Foley pronounced before a proclamation of a team’s enlargement picks. “The people of Las Vegas are going to be happy with what we did. They’re going to be agreeably surprised.”

    The Golden Knights had to select one actor from any NHL team, with a combination of 14 forwards, 9 defensemen, 3 goaltenders and 4 additional players during any position. Vegas had a pool of 673 players done accessible by a league’s other 30 teams from that to choose.

    “They’re approach past removing off a ground,” pronounced Predators ubiquitous manager David Poile, who was named GM of a year during a night’s awards ceremony. “I consider this is by distant a best enlargement organisation ever.”

    Vegas manager Gerard Gallant had entered a dusk with Reid Duke already on a roster. The 21-year-old brazen became a Golden Knights’ initial actor after similar to a three-year entry-level agreement with a organisation in March.

    The Golden Knights’ initial home diversion will be Oct. 10 opposite a Arizona Coyotes.


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