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The 2017–18 Vegas Golden Knights season will be the inaugural season for the Vegas Golden Knights. They will play their home games at T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada.

Team InformationEdit

Draft PicksEdit

Expansion DraftEdit

The team filled its initial roster by selecting players in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft on June 21, 2017. They were required to select or sign one player, who was not protected, from each existing team.

In return for not selecting certain unprotected players, Vegas made several deals to grant concessions with some teams.

# Player Drafted from Notes
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 Sabres traded their sixth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Vegas selecting Carrier.
6. Cody Eakin (C) Dallas Stars
7. Tomas Nosek (LW) Detroit Red Wings
8. Jonathan Marchessault (C) Florida Panthers Panthers traded Reilly Smith in exchange for Vegas selecting Marchessault and a fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
9. Brayden McNabb (D) Los Angeles Kings
10. Connor Brickley (C) Carolina Hurricanes Hurricanes traded Boston's fifth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft (previously acquired) in exchange for Vegas selecting Brickley. Brickley was a pending unrestricted free agent and signed with the Panthers on July 1.
11. Chris Thorburn (RW) Winnipeg Jets Jets traded their first-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft and a third-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Vegas selecting Thorburn and Columbus' first-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft (previously acquired). Thorburn was a pending unrestricted free agent and signed with the Blues on July 1.
12. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (RW) Philadelphia Flyers
13. Jason Garrison (D) Tampa Bay Lightning Lightning traded their second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, Pittsburgh's fourth-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft (previously acquired) and Nikita Gusev in exchange for Vegas selecting Garrison.
14. Jean-Francois Berube (G) New York Islanders Islanders traded their first-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, a second-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, Mikhail Grabovski and Jake Bischoff in exchange for Vegas selecting Berube. Berube was a pending unrestricted free agent and would sign with the Blackhawks on July 1.
15. James Neal (LW) Nashville Predators
16. Deryk Engelland (D) Calgary Flames Engelland was a pending unrestricted free agent. As a Las Vegas resident, he signed a one-year deal before free agency.
17. Brendan Leipsic (LW) Toronto Maple Leafs
18. Colin Miller (D) Boston Bruins
19. Marc Methot (D) Ottawa Senators Traded to Dallas on June 26, 2017.
20. David Schlemko (D) San Jose Sharks Traded to Montreal on June 22, 2017.
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 Canadiens Traded to Nashville on July 1, 2017.
25. Clayton Stoner (D) Anaheim Ducks Ducks traded Shea Theodore in exchange for Vegas selecting Stoner.
26. Erik Haula (C) Minnesota Wild Wild traded Alex Tuch in exchange for Vegas selecting Haula and a conditional third-round pick in the 2017 or 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
27. William Karlsson (C) Columbus Blue Jackets Blue Jackets traded their first-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, a second-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft and David Clarkson in exchange for Vegas selecting Karlsson.
28. Trevor van Riemsdyk (D) Chicago Blackhawks Traded to Carolina on June 22, 2017.
29. Marc-Andre Fleury (G) Pittsburgh Penguins Penguins traded their second-round pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Vegas selecting Fleury.
30. Nate Schmidt (D) Washington Capitals

Entry DraftEdit

Before the draft lottery, the Golden Knights were given the same odds as the team with the third worst point total from the 2016–17 season which meant that they would not draft any lower than sixth overall and would draft third in each subsequent round.

On April 30, 2017, the Golden Knights received a sixth overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft during the draft lottery.

Below are the Vegas Golden Knights' selections at the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, which was held on June 23 and 24, 2017 at the United Center in Chicago.

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 6 Cody Glass C Template:Flagu Portland Winterhawks (WHL)
1 131 Nick Suzuki C Template:Flagu Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
1 152 Erik Brannstrom D Template:Flagu HV71 (SHL)
2 34 Nicolas Hague D Template:Flagu Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)
2 623 Jake Leschyshyn C Template:Flagu Regina Pats (WHL)
3 65 Jonas Rondbjerg RW Template:Flagu Växjö Lakers (J20 SuperElit)
4 96 Maxim Zhukov G Template:Flagu Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)
5 127 Lucas Elvenes C Template:Flagu Rögle BK (J20 SuperElit)
5 1424 Jonathan Dugan LW Template:Flagu Northwood School (USHS)
6 158 Nick Campoli C Template:Flagu North York Rangers (OJHL)
6 1615 Jiri Patera G Template:Flagu Motor České Budějovice (Czech 1.liga)
7 189 Ben Jones C Template:Flagu Niagara IceDogs (OHL)

Notes

  1. The Winnipeg Jets' first-round pick went to the Vegas Golden Knights as the result of a trade on June 21, 2017, that sent Columbus' first-round pick in 2017 to Winnipeg in exchange for Vegas selecting Chris Thorburn in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft from Winnipeg, a third-round pick in 2019 and this pick.
  2. The New York Islanders' first-round pick went to the Vegas Golden Knights as the result of a trade on June 21, 2017, that ensured that Vegas selected Jean-Francois Berube in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft from the Islanders in exchange for Mikhail Grabovski, Jake Bischoff, a second-round pick in 2019 and this pick.
  3. The Pittsburgh Penguins' second-round pick went to the Vegas Golden Knights as the result of a trade on June 22, 2017, that sent Trevor van Riemsdyk and a seventh-round pick in 2018 to Carolina in exchange for this pick.
  4. The Boston Bruins' fifth-round pick went to the Vegas Golden Knights as the result of a trade on June 21, 2017, that ensured that Vegas selected Connor Brickley in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft from Carolina in exchange for this pick.
  5. The Buffalo Sabres' sixth-round pick went to the Vegas Golden Knights as the result of a trade on June 21, 2017, that ensured that Vegas selected William Carrier in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft from Buffalo in exchange for this pick.

TransactionsEdit

The Golden Knights have been involved in the following transactions during the 2017–18 season:

TradesEdit

Date Details
June 21, 2017 To Florida Panthers
4th-round pick in 2018
To Vegas Golden Knights
Reilly Smith
June 21, 2017 To Buffalo Sabres
Expansion Draft considerations
To Vegas Golden Knights
6th-round pick in 2017
June 21, 2017 To Carolina Hurricanes
Expansion Draft considerations
To Vegas Golden Knights
BOS's 5th-round pick in 2017
June 21, 2017 To Tampa Bay Lightning
Expansion Draft considerations
To Vegas Golden Knights
Nikita Gusev
2nd-round pick in 2017
PIT's 4th-round pick in 2018
June 21, 2017 To New York Islanders
Expansion Draft considerations
To Vegas Golden Knights
Mikhail Grabovski
Jake Bischoff
1st-round pick in 2017
2nd-round pick in 2019
June 21, 2017 To Anaheim Ducks
Expansion Draft considerations
To Vegas Golden Knights
Shea Theodore
June 21, 2017 To Columbus Blue Jackets
Expansion Draft considerations
To Vegas Golden Knights
David Clarkson
1st-round pick in 2017
2nd-round pick in 2019
June 21, 2017 To Winnipeg Jets
CBJ's 1st-round pick in 2017
Expansion Draft considerations
To Vegas Golden Knights
1st-round pick in 2017
3rd-round pick in 2019
June 21, 2017 To Minnesota Wild
3rd-round pick in 2017 or 2018
To Vegas Golden Knights
Alex Tuch
June 21, 2017 To Pittsburgh Penguins
Expansion Draft considerations
To Vegas Golden Knights
2nd-round pick in 2020
June 22, 2017 To Carolina Hurricanes
Trevor van Riemsdyk
7th-round pick in 2018
To Vegas Golden Knights
PIT's 2nd-round pick in 2017
June 22, 2017 To Montreal Canadiens
David Schlemko
To Vegas Golden Knights
5th-round pick in 2019
June 24, 2017 To Columbus Blue Jackets
TBL's 2nd-round pick in 2017
To Vegas Golden Knights
Keegan Kolesar
June 26, 2017 To Dallas Stars
Marc Methot
To Vegas Golden Knights
Dylan Ferguson
2nd-round pick in 2020
July 1, 2017 To Nashville Predators
Alexei Emelin
To Vegas Golden Knights
3rd-round pick in 2019
July 2, 2017 To Chicago Blackhawks
Future considerations
To Vegas Golden Knights
Marcus Kruger
July 4, 2017 To Carolina Hurricanes
Marcus Kruger
To Vegas Golden Knights
5th-round pick in 2018

Free agents acquiredEdit

Date Player Former team Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
March 6, 2017 Reid Duke Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) 3-year, $2.775 million
May 4, 2017 Vadim Shipachyov SKA Saint Petersburg (KHL) 2-year, $9 million
June 1, 2017 Tomas Hyka BK Mladá Boleslav (ELH) 1-year, $710,000 entry-level contract
July 1, 2017 Chris Casto Boston Bruins 1-year, $650,000
July 1, 2017 Brad Hunt Nashville Predators 2-year, $1.3 million
July 1, 2017 Maxime Lagace Dallas Stars 1-year, $650,000
July 1, 2017 Stefan Matteau Montreal Canadiens 1-year, $650,000
July 1, 2017 Paul Thompson Florida Panthers 1-year, $650,000
July 1, 2017 T.J. Tynan Columbus Blue Jackets 2-year, $1.3 million
July 3, 2017 Oscar Dansk Columbus Blue Jackets 1-year, $650,000

Free agents lostEdit

Date Player New team Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
July 1, 2017 Jean-Francois Berube Chicago Blackhawks 2-year, $1.5 million
July 1, 2017 Connor Brickley Florida Panthers 1-year, $750,000
July 1, 2017 Chris Thorburn St. Louis Blues 2-year, $1.8 million

Player signingsEdit

Date Player Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
June 21, 2017 Deryk Engelland 1-year, $1 million
June 21, 2017 Erik Haula 3-year, $8.25 million
July 4, 2017 Oscar Lindberg 2-year, $3.4 million
July 6, 2017 Teemu Pulkkinen 1-year, $700,000
July 15, 2017 Erik Brannstrom 3-year, $4.125 million entry-level contract
July 15, 2017 Cody Glass 3-year, $5.325 million entry-level contract
July 15, 2017 Brendan Leipsic 2-year, $1.3 million
July 15, 2017 Griffin Reinhart 2-year, $1.6 million
July 15, 2017 Nick Suzuki 3-year, $4.6265 million entry-level contract