Vegas Golden Knights Mock Draft


This website is anything but a sports site.  I rarely speak about my love of hockey, or my beloved Calgary Flames.  However, with tonight’s expansion draft, there is a rare opportunity for some fun.  Trying to decipher Las Vegas’s plan going into tonight has been one of the biggest debates in hockey for months.  With Sunday’s release of NHL teams protected list, this week has been full of questions.  Tough questions.  I cannot even guess who they are going to swipe from the Flames, a team I know inside and out.  My father, brother and I are pretty torn, throwing down a bet on the outcome.

When I was a kid I used to love playing fantasy hockey.  I created entire leagues just to play around with a dice game I created D&D style.  So, playing mock draft for this rare opportunity is right up my alley.  I figured, why the hell not? I got a blog, I wanna play guess the draft.

I used a few sites to figure my draft out and eventually settled on 14 forwards, 11 defensemen, and 5 goalies.  I ended up with a cap hit of $66.5 Million, which is in the required numbers, but way higher than the team actually wants to end with today, I’m sure.  In fact, I think it is all way off the mark, and tonight’s draft will look nothing like this.  I do feel I put together a team that could compete next year, potentially even make the playoffs.  There is some things I would tweak, specifically at the centre position.  But hey, if I get like 6 or 7 of these right I’ll be happy.  Especially when you consider there is a lot of factors, like politics, that I didn’t take into account.  Anyways, here’s what I came up with-

Anaheim Ducks – RHD Josh Manson

Arizona Coyotes – G Louis Domingue

Boston Bruins – RHD Adam McQuaid

Buffalo Sabres – RHD Zach Bogosian

Calgary Flames – LHD Brett Kulak

Carolina Hurricanes – LW Joakim Nordstrom

Chicago Blackhawks – RHD Trevor Van Reimsdyk

Colorado Avalanche – C Mikhail Grigorenko

Columbus Blue Jackets – LHD Jack Johnson

Dallas Stars – C Cody Eakin

Detroit Redwings – C Darren Helm

Edmonton Oilers – LHD Griffin Reinhart

Florida Panthers – C Jussi Jokinen

Los Angeles Kings – LHD Braydon McNabb

Minnesota Wild – LHD Marco Scandella

Montreal Canadiens – RW Alexander Radulov

Nashville Predators – LW James Neal

New Jersey Devils – LHD Jon Merrill

New York Islanders – LHD Thomas Hickey

New York Rangers – G Antti Raanta

Ottawa Senators – RW Bobby Ryan

Philadelphia Flyers – G Michal Neuvirth

Pittsburgh Penguins – G Marc-Andre Fluery

San Jose Sharks – LW Mikkel Boedker

St. Louis Blues – LW Magnus Paajarvi

Tampa Bay Lightning – RW Erik Condra

Toronto Maple Leafs – RW Eric Fehr

Vancouver Canucks – LW Brendan Gaunce

Washington Capitals – G Phillip Grubauer

Winnipeg Jets – LW Marco Dano

There is some solid players available.  Some sure things, some I passed on, and some I took that Vegas could easily pass on.  I could also see them going for someone like Jagr just to sell tickets.  Again, I am unhappy with the centre position, but, with their previous signing of Shipachyov from the KHL, this is what the team would look like, barring trades and free agency-

Neal – Shipachyov – Radulov

Boedker – Jokinen – Ryan

Paajarvi – Eakin – Condra

Dano – Helm – Fehr

Nordstrom/Grigoranko/Gaunce

Johnson – Bogosian

Scandella – McQuaid

Hickey – Manson

McNabb – Merill

Reinhart/Van Reimsdyk/Kulak

Fleury

Neuvirth

Raanta

Domingue

Grubauer

Thanks hockey fans, I’m excited to see how much better of a team Vegas actually picks tonight.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. deborahkehoe says:

    They took Neal. Good guess! I live in Nashville and that’s the only reason I know of even one of their picks… lol.

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  2. aaronpkahle says:

    I only know a handful of hockey names these days but I’m excited to see how of a professional team does in Vegas. I’m a Raiders fan so the Golden Knights are setting the precedent for professional sports in Sin City. I think it’ll be successful and the NHL right now, despite two in a row by the Pens, has a lot of good competition.

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