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NHL Expansion Draft Eyes on Isles Picks Vegas Team

Dec 17, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; A general view of the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign on the Las Vegas strip on Las Vegas Blvd. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 17, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; A general view of the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign on the Las Vegas strip on Las Vegas Blvd. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports /
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Feb 28, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Carl Hagelin (62) in action during the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeat the Penguins 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 28, 2017; Dallas, TX, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Carl Hagelin (62) in action during the game against the Dallas Stars at the American Airlines Center. The Stars defeat the Penguins 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /

Washington Capitals

G. The Golden Knights don’t pass on the opportunity to select a 25-year-old goalie. He had a very solid year backing up Braden Holtby having a .926 save percentage and a 2.05 GAA. He’s never had a chance to get a starting gig and he may grab the opportunity in Vegas.. Washington Capitals. . Philipp Grubauer

Pittsburgh Penguins

. Carl Hagelin. LW. It’ll be a tough decision for the Penguins as they must decide between Carl Hagelin, Bryan Rust, Scott Wilson or Tom Kuhnhackl. Hagelin will be the odd man out and Vegas will not pass up on him. He had just 22 points this year but he is a very clutch player who has the potential to be a 30+ point a year player. A potential first or second line LW here for the Golden Knights.. Pittsburgh Penguins

Columbus Blue Jackets

C. William Karlsson is a center who can play well in all three zones and at just 24 years old there is some room to grow. Although his numbers might not prove it, just 25 points this past year, he does have some interesting offensive upside.. Columbus Blue Jackets. . William Karlsson

New York Rangers

The Golden Knights will select a second goalie. The Rangers won’t be protecting two goalies so Raanta and his .922 save percentage 2.26 GAA will be heading to Vegas. They will have a solid one-two punch with Grubauer and Raanta.. New York Rangers. . Antti Raanta. G

New York Islanders

The Islanders will not be able to protect as many defensemen as they’d likely want to keep so, unfortunately, Calvin de Haan will get selected. He’s coming off his best year with the Islanders with a 25 point season and a 15 +/-. As much as I would want Brock Nelson to get selected I think the Golden Knights will go with another solid defenseman.. New York Islanders. . Calvin de Haan. D

Philadelphia Flyers

LW. Michael Raffl is a former 21 goal scorer, granted it was two years ago but he may be worth that risk at a $2.35 million cap hit. This past year he had just 11 points in 52 games with the Flyers.. Philadelphia Flyers. . Michael Raffl

Carolina Hurricanes

RW. Lee Stempniak will be tough to pass up when the Vegas Golden Knights are picking from the Hurricanes. He’s a veteran coming off a 40 point season. He has top line for the Golden Knights written all over him.. Carolina Hurricanes. . Lee Stempniak

New Jersey Devils

There seems to be some debate whether or not Ben Lovejoy will be protected by the Devils in the NHL Expansion Draft. If he’s available the Golden Knights should jump on this defenseman. He won’t give you much offensively but he could be a potential third pairing defenseman for Vegas.. New Jersey Devils. . Ben Lovejoy. D

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