The Las Vegas Golden Knights have some big decisions to make in the expansion draft. They must build their roster with 14 forwards, 9 defence man and 3 goalies by choosing the unprotected players from each team. These are the best players from the Eastern Conference who the Golden Knights can take.
Boston Bruins: Adam McQuaid. Boston doesn’t have a lot of great players to choose from. McQuaid is a big defensemen who will do the job grinding for pucks and present a physical presence.
Buffalo Sabres: Zach Bogosian. Bogosian is an average defenceman who can help out both ways and just help out as and all round blue-liner.
Detroit Red Wings: Niklas Kronwall. Kronwall is most likely a hall of famer. Although he is on the decline, he will provide great leadership in the dressing room with his experience as a defenceman to a new team.
Florida Panthers: Jaromir Jagr. While yes, Jagr may be 46, what he can still do on the ice is phenomonal. The legend will also provide great leadership with Kronwall and add a couple goals to the matter.
Montreal Canadians: Alexander Radulov. Radulov showed us all what he can do in this year’s playoffs as he practically carried Montreal in certain games against the Rangers. What an addition he would be to the Golden Knights.
Ottawa Senators: Bobby Ryan. Ryan was a huge help to the Sens in their playoff run this year, with 15 points in 19 games. A player like this would be a must have for Vegas
Tampa Bay Lightning: Cedric Paquette. The Lightning don’t have lots to choose from. If they must pick from the Lightning, Paquette can get a few goals, is quite young and won’t add much to the salary cap.
Toronto Maple Leafs: Roman Polak. Polak is a good veteran who maintains a good presence around the blue line and won’t add much to the cap.
Carolina Hurricanes: Klas Dahlbeck. Dahlbeck is a good defenceman who is fairly young and cheap, not bad from a team who doesn’t have much to offer.
Columbus Blue Jackets: William Karlsson. Karlsson is a promising young talent. He recorded 25 points last season and is definitely a good pick for Vegas.
New Jersey Devils: Michael Cammalleri. He might be a little old, but averaging more than a point every two games isn’t bad.
New York Islanders: Nikolay Kulemin. Kulemin may not be great, but he is an average forward who can pick up a few goals a year.
New York Rangers: Antti Raanta. Rant was a solid backup for the Rangers and is very light on the cap. Vegas need to pick 3 goalies and this one is an absolute no-brainer.
Philadelphia Flyers: Dale Weise. Weise is not an all-star by any means. But he can save you cap space, help you out all around the ice and get the goals when you need them.
Pittsburgh Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury. Fleury helped Pittsburgh get all the way to semis in this year’s playoffs before Murray came back in. In this time, he showed us how good he still is and the he is still one of the better goalies out there. If Vegas want success, they need somebody good between the posts and Fleury meets the criteria.
Washington Capitals: T.J. Oshie. How Oshie has been left unprotected is everybody’s question. He had 56 points in 68 games this season, one of the best in the league. Vegas need a superstar to win and with Oshie available, he is a must have.
This is my opinion for who the Vegas Golden Knights should take from each team in the Eastern Conference. Both Western and Eastern Conference lists are down below.