The Golden Knights will hold third mockdraft

The Vegas Golden Knights are intend to hold their third mock expansion draft around Jan. 23. It will be another round of what, as expected, has been a comprehensive and valuable exercise each time out.

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As the Vegas brass proceed collect more intel on how it believes the 30 NHL teams are likely to proceed with player exposure — as well as also with their own NHL player appraise — now more than three months into the season, each mock draft has a different look, to be sure.

GM George McPhee and his staff continue to discuss those strategies. But I would hedge on the long-term youth aspect eventually winning out — if not outright, then certainly to some important standard. There’s no question they want to do as well as they can in terms of getting good prospects/assets, regardless of their final approach.

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The collection of prospects certainly might come in the form of contending teams offering that up as a compromise in exchange for not taking a certain player in the June expansion draft. I believe the idea for Vegas is to sit back and wait to hear from those teams in terms of the direction they want to take.

In the meantime, the work continues, including the courting of potential U.S. college free agents. Vegas can’t make any protocol offers yet but the Golden Knights can necessarily talk to those players and they absolutely have, according to sources.

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The Golden Knights have also been keeping an attention on the KHL for potential free agents bolting Russia. Again, opportunity beckons in Vegas.

But I also sense you won’t see them get carried away with signing too many players. I believe McPhee is wary of staying well below the 50-player NHL protocol restrict as a means to take advantage of others teams needing to park bad protocol in Vegas and maximize that cap/contract space and turn that into draft picks/assets.

So I sense, whether it’s a college free agent or a KHL free agent, the Golden Knights still want to be judicious in terms of numbers.

One thought on “The Golden Knights will hold third mockdraft

  • March 8, 2017 at 03:03

    How much is the jersey?


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