Colorado selected the now 25-year-old goalie with the 49th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Draft.
St Cloud-native Nate Schmidt, who just had a breakout season and grew into a fan favorite in Washington, was the last player taken in the Expansion Draft.
The expansion Vegas Golden Knights will make their regular-season debut on the road in Dallas on October 6 and host the Arizona Coyotes on October 10 in the first home game in franchise history.
Vegas coach Gerard Gallant already entered the evening with Reid Duke, a 21-year-old forward, on roster, who became the Golden Knights' first-ever player after agreeing to a three-year entry-level contract with the team in March.
It is all very complicated, which makes it all the more silly.
Teams will be trying to send picks and/or prospects to Vegas in order to select certain players, or to avoid certain players.
But once the team is unveiled silly season only foresees to ramp up.
Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson earned the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey".
Between last Sunday and Wednesday, Vegas had an exclusive 72-hour window to negotiate trades with the existing National Hockey League teams - and they made a batch of deals.
McPhee's predecessor and successor with the Capitals: While it was a good night for McPhee, who previously held the same post in Washington, the expansion draft wasn't so kind to the man McPhee replaced with the Capitals (David Poile) and the one who stepped in after McPhee was sacked in 2014 (Brian MacLellan). The first, he said, was to ice a team that's entertaining and competitive, and that the league and city could be proud of. On top of that, McPhee added seven extra players and 13 draft picks through trades.
The veteran goaltender was selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in their expansion draft, the results of which were announced Wednesday during the NHL Awards telecast. "The second was to acquire draft picks to help build our team in the future".
The Flames lose defenseman Deryk Engelland to expansion.
It was thought that Vegas might load up on goalies, but McPhee passed on intriguing options like Philipp Grubauer, Petr Mrazek and Antti Raanta and instead went for a surplus of defencemen _ and more apparent trade value.
Poile was recognized after the Predators' first Western Conference title and Stanley Cup Final appearance. That seems a waste of assets for a player who makes $3.85 million for each of the next three seasons. The Golden Knights appeared to land a particularly strong corps of blueliners, providing the foundation for the tough, young team envisioned by general manager George McPhee. The Golden Knights now own the Nos. Vegas fans have waited long enough to have a major professional sports team; waiting a few more years until that team contends should be a breeze, by comparison.
Rounding out Vegas's roster from the expansion draft were forwards Teemu Pulkkinen (Arizona), William Carrier (Buffalo), Cody Eakin (Dallas), Tomas Nosek (Detroit), Jonathan Marchessault (Florida), Connor Brickley (Carolina), Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (Philadelphia), David Perron (St. Louis), Oscar Lindberg (New York Rangers), Erik Haula (Minnesota) and William Karlsson (Columbus).
Joining him in the crease for Vegas are two inexperienced types: Calvin Pickard and Jean-Francois Berube, the latter formerly of the Islanders.
Fleury waived his no-movement clause earlier this season, which allowed Pittsburgh to protect starting netminder Matt Murray. "The next few days I'm sure I'll understand it a little bit better". "Especially as they always look back, there's always one or two Hall of Famers in every draft".
Pickard played in 50 games for the Avs previous year, posting a 2.98 goals against average, a 0.904 save percentage and two shutouts.
They got the face of the franchise they wanted and who they were going to take anyways, but correctly extorted Pittsburgh for a second round pick.