Wild West: How Vegas was Built

Grant Campbell

2021-06-21

A few weeks back we looked at how the Colorado Avalanche's current roster was built. As I sat and watched Vegas beat Montreal in game four of the playoffs, I was curious how many players on the current Vegas roster were part of the expansion draft, traded for, signed for or drafted. Here is what I found:

Expansion Draft (June 21st, 2017)

The Golden Knights are down to only six players from their current roster that were picked in the expansion draft in 2017.

Jonathan Marchessault (F) (30) – It has been well documented the mistake that Florida made in leaving Marchessault unprotected after his 30 goal season in 2016-17. All Marchessault has done is put up 92 goals and 225 points in 280 games over four regular seasons in Vegas (0.80 pts/game). In 64 playoff games with Vegas, he has 21 goals and 46 points (0.73). His addition was a gift that keeps on giving.

William Karlsson (F) (28) –  When Karlsson was left unprotected by Columbus after the 2016-17 season he was coming off of six goals and 25 points in 81 games at the age of 24. He exploded for 43 goals and 78 points the next season in Vegas and has 96 goals and 219 points (0.77) in 283 regular season games post-expansion draft. In 64 playoff games, he has 17 goals and 44 points (0.69). Although stuck in the bottom six in Columbus, he is now a top six on most NHL teams.

Marc-Andre Fleury (G) (36) – Fleury was left unprotected by Pittsburgh with two years remaining on his contract at $5.75 million AAV at the age of 32 because of Matt Murray who was 23 years old and cheaper. Fleury gave the Golden Knights an established number one goalie in 2017-18 and he had a great regular season and playoffs taking Vegas to the Stanley Cup finals. In his four seasons in Vegas, Fleury has 117 wins in 192 regular-season games and a net goals saved above average of 40.79 with a save percentage of 91.7. Expect the Seattle Kraken to follow the lead of Vegas and pick an established NHL number one goalie.

William Carrier (F) (26) – Vegas knew they were getting a physical player in Carrier from Buffalo and he has not disappointed as a solid bottom-six winger. In his 214 regular-season games with Vegas, he has averaged 3.43 hits per game and in 54 playoff games, he has 246 hits (4.56).

Tomas Nosek (F) (28) – Nosek was claimed from Detroit and he has seen time on the third or fourth line at center in his four seasons with Vegas. His career-high in goals is eight and his points are 18, so he is not a very productive forward