While the Vegas Golden Knights’ roster already leaked out earlier over the course of the afternoon, the NHL Awards gave the league a platform to (very, very gradually and awkwardly) announce the results of the team’s expansion draft.
Of course, this roster will likely see some changes pretty quickly. The Knights can’t trade any of these guys until Thursday, and they’ve likely selected at least a few players with the intention of sending them elsewhere for a better return.
There aren’t any major surprises here. Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury will be the team’s most recognizable name, while the Blues’ David Perron and the Predators’ James Neal will give the team some goal-scoring experience if they stick around. The rest of the squad is mainly built out of potential, either as young actual Vegas players or as bargaining chips for other teams.
The modern record for fewest wins in an NHL season is eight, set by the expansion Washington Capitals in 1974-75. Vegas isn’t going to be a major threat to any good NHL teams for at least another few years, but this is still a smartly built roster that likely won’t challenge the Caps’ mark.