"I think it will go well".
"We accomplished a lot of things in this draft", he said. "I played with some great guys". "This could not have gone better in my mind".
It was all about the forwards at the top of the National Hockey League draft. He said that the league wants to do something uncommon like today's occasion to make the fans happy, especially the ones in Vegas.
The players who have already arrived in Vegas realize that although theyre starting over, they arent starting from scratch.
In the short term, although the free agency period will bolster their roster, Vegas will struggle to be competitive in a very strong Western Conference. McPhee could package a few of his surplus of picks to move up for Patrick if he feels the Canadian is worth it.
The Flames lose defenseman Deryk Engelland to expansion.
"We like our team right now", McPhee said. With prospects such as Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine coming out of the last two drafts, it is hard to get excited about this upcoming draft class. "So we're in a pretty good place".
The Knights waited until the fourth round to draft a goaltender, taking Maxsim Zhukov, a 17-year-old who played for the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League.
The Knights aren't expected to keep them all, though Engelland seems a sure bet.
Besides just shooting, the Golden Knights, as now constructed, are going to have trouble with pre-shot movement next year, ranking 24th in the league in completed passes to the slot and 29th in passes off the rush. Vegas' expansion draft choices - along with handful of players signed before the draft, most notably coveted Russian center Vadim Shipachyov out of the KHL - certainly appear to form a team that could make noise in the Pacific.
They had defenseman Nicolas Hague rated as a first-rounder; he fell to them in the second round at No. 34. "That didn't happen, but I'm fortunate now".
The results of the draft were... a little uninspiring to say the least, with a lot of good players left on the table without side deals.
"When I'm being physical, it creates more room for myself and then I let my natural hockey sense kick in". "I'll take those emotions that I had last night and just use it as motivation".
Brandon Leipsic, a 23-year-old forward, was plucked from the Toronto Maple Leafs, and veteran defenseman David Schlemko was chosen from the San Jose Sharks.
According to Boston forward Patrice Bergeron who is now in Vegas to attend the event, there are great talks going on about the award but expansion draft is getting more attention. "It helps us fill in the middle".
For example, the Islanders gave up a 1st round pick, a 2nd round pick and two players so that the Golden Knights wouldn't take Brock Nelson, Josh Bailey or Calvin de Haan from their roster.
"My dad and I talked about that", said Leschyshyn, who played for the Regina Pats of the WHL.
"I'll give it everything I've got to win some games", Fleury said. "He enjoyed his expansion experience and told me to enjoy my time with Vegas".
Insane as they might be, though, the fans need to be patient with all of the prospects.
"It was just about him growing up and maturing", McPhee said at the scouting combine. "We're not going to fast-track anyone". The Vegas NHL roster features a good number of players whose best years are still ahead of them - a big chunk of their roster is between 24 and 26 years old. "It's better to overcook them than throw them in raw". It's like having a kid in eighth grade suddenly go to 11th or 12th grade.
His kids, five-year-old Cash and 15-month-old Talon, are pumped too. Stay tuned. The entire league is back open for business.
That's how a pro franchise operates.