NHL Expansion Draft Results

The Picks

  • From Colorado: G Calvin Pickard
  • From Vancouver: D Luca Sbisa
  • From Arizona: F Teemu Pulkkinen
  • From New Jersey: D Jon Merrill
  • From Buffalo: F William Carrier & 2017 6th RD Pick
  • From Dallas: F Cody Eakin
  • From Detroit: F Tomas Nosek
  • From Florida: F Jonathan Marchessault & F Reilly Smith for 2018 4th RD Pick
  • From Los Angeles: D Brayden McNabb
  • From Carolina: F Connor Brickley & 2017 5th RD Pick
  • From Winnipeg: F Chris Thorburn & 2017 1st RD and 2019 3rd RD Pick for Columbus 1st RD Pick in 2017
  • From Philadelphia: F Pierre-Edouard Bellemare
  • From Tampa Bay: D Jason Garrison & F Nikita Gusev, 2017 2nd RD Pick, and 2018 4th RD Pick
  • From the New York Islanders: G Jean-Francois Berube & F Mikhail Grabovski, D Jake Bischoff, 2017 1st RD Pick, and 2019 2nd RD Pick
  • From Nashville: F James Neal
  • From Calgary: D Deryk Engelland
  • From Toronto: F Brendan Leipsic
  • From Boston: D Colin Miller
  • From Ottawa: D Marc Methot
  • From San Jose: D David Schlemko
  • From St. Louis: F David Perron
  • From the New York Rangers: F Oscar Lindberg
  • From Edmonton: D Griffin Reinhart
  • From Montreal: D Alexei Emelin
  • From Anaheim: D Clayton Stoner & D Shea Theodore
  • From Minnesota: F Erik Haula & F Alex Tuch for Vegas’ 3rd RD Pick in either 2017 or 2018
  • From Columbus: F William Karlsson & F David Clarkson, 2017 1st RD Pick, and 2019 2nd RD Pick
  • From Chicago: D Trevor van Riemsdyk
  • From Pittsburgh: G Marc-Andre Fleury & 2020 2nd RD Pick
  • From Washington: D Nate Schmidt

Where I was Right

  • William Karlsson from Columbus
  • Jonathan Marchessault from Florida
  • Erik Haula from Minnesota
  • James Neal from Nashville
  • Jon Merrill from New Jersey
  • Colin Miller from Boston
  • Marc Methot from Ottawa
  • Griffin Reinhart from Edmonton
  • Jason Garrison from Tampa Bay
  • Clayton Stoner from Anaheim
  • Trevor van Riemsdyk from Chicago
  • Marc-Andre Fleury from Pittsburgh

Where I was Wrong

  • Marcus Kruger from Chicago
    • The trade that was widely discussed was never made evidently.
  • Chris Thorburn from Winnipeg instead of Marko Dano
    • The Jets had a bigger deal in place than I think anyone realized. Acquiring the 13th overall pick from the Jets is a great trade for Vegas.
  • Deryk Engelland from Calgary instead of Freddie Hamilton
  • Brendan Leipsic from Toronto instead of Seth Griffith
    • Vegas went with a prospect instead of Griffith
  • Luca Sbisa from Vancouver instead of Michael Chaput
    • No idea why this pick was made.
  • Calvin Pickard from Colorado instead of Mikhail Grigorenko
    • I think Vegas wanted to go with more proven goaltenders instead of prospects with potential.  That and they probably didn’t want Grigorenko because of how poorly he has played in the NHL.
  • Brayden McNabb from Los Angeles instead of Dustin Brown
    • Apparently there wasn’t a deal in place yet for Vegas to take Brown. That doesn’t mean that the trade won’t come about before the Draft on Friday.
  • P.E. Bellemare from Philadelphia instead of Matt Read
    • The Flyers didn’t have much to offer and I think Vegas wanted to go as cheap as possible with this pick.  Bellemare also fits the mold if they were looking for a tough team in their first year.
  • David Perron from St. Louis instead of Dmitrij Jaskin
    • Vegas went with the more proven player from the Blues instead of the one with potential.  This means that they will have a better chance to move Perron at a trade deadline if they choose to.
  • J.F. Berube from the Islanders instead of Nikolai Kulemin
    • I had read that the Islanders had a deal in place for Vegas to take Kulemin.  That still may happen but evidently the deal they made before the Expansion Draft was just to keep Vegas from touching their young forwards or Calvin De Haan.
  • F Teemu Pulkkinen from Arizona instead of Kevin Connauton
  • D David Schlemko from San Jose instead of Dylan DeMelo
    • I’m guessing that George McPhee and Gerard Gallant like Schlemko’s game more than was DeMelo has shown.
  • D Alexei Emelin from Montreal instead of Brandon Davidson
    • Vegas obviously wasn’t concerned about salary with this pick and Emelin is very hard-hitting, which I think is something Vegas wanted.
  • F Cody Eakin from Dallas instead of G Kari Lehtonen
    • Originally I had Vegas taking Eakin but I had heard that there was a deal in place for them to take Lehtonen instead.  Eakin is certainly the better pick.
  • F Tomas Nosek from Detroit instead of G Petr Mrazek
    • I have no idea why Detroit didn’t protect Mrazek and even lesser of an idea why Vegas didn’t select him.
  • F Connor Brickley from Carolina instead of G Eddie Lack
    • Again, I had read something that Carolina was offering Vegas picks to take Lack.
  • F Oscar Lindberg from the Rangers instead of G Antti Raanta
    • I thought they would take Raanta and then move him right away. Lindberg is a very good, young forward, however, and is likely the better pick.
  • D Nate Schmidt from Washington instead of G Philipp Grubauer
    • This pick hurts Washington badly, especially if Vegas can get a deal done with Schmidt.  They do have exclusive negotiating rights with him so it is likely.  He is also likely to develop into a quality top four defenseman.

Overall Thoughts

  • It seems like Vegas is going with a heavy, hard-hitting team their first season in the league.  Emelin, Engelland, Stoner, and Methot are all impact defensemen who make life hard for forwards attempting to enter the zone.  They have a good mix of these type of players and more skilled defensemen such as Merrill, Miller, Theodore, and McNabb.  On offense, they have a good roster set up but don’t have a center who can even fake being on the first line.  They do have Neal, Perron, and Smith, who are all really good goalscorers and should be impactful immediately.  They also have a top tier goaltender in Marc-Andre Fleury and a solid backup in Calvin Pickard.
  • I look for Vegas to put Neal, Smith, Perron, Methot, Emelin, Schlemko, and van Riemsdyk on the trade block right away.  If they don’t get a return they are looking for, I think they’ll hold on to those players until closer to the season beginning or even the trade deadline to look at moving them.  Even though some of these players have no trade clauses, I think most of them will work with Vegas to have the potential to play on a contending team.
  • Overall, I think Vegas could have gone with a more skilled team but did an excellent job at combining youth with veterans and by acquiring as many prospects and draft picks as possible.
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