NHL Draft Projections: Fleury and Neal to Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nevada – The expansion franchise in the NHL will take place starting June 18 to 20 to select available players from 30 teams in the league. Apparently, the Vegas Golden Knights is looking to complete its roster soon despite the rule that prevents them from getting young superstars such as Jake Guentzeland Connor McDavid.

The team is still looking to acquire available veteran prospects in the league.  In one mock draft from the Washington Post last June 21, it was revealed that the Knights is likely to pick veterans in the league with in Marc-Andre Fleury and James Neal at the top of the list.

Fleury is an available player who has the biggest potential to enter Vegas and is scheduled for a trade deadline in March. He has already declared giving the no-movement clause in his contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins, which clearly makes him up for grabs.

NHL Draft Projections: Fleury and Neal to Vegas

The mock draft also stated that Fleury is very likely to join the Knights and has nowhere to go but Vegas for the expansion franchise. He is obviously the best veteran goalie that the Knights can get, at least for the following two seasons.

Now, if the team decides to get Fleury, who is a three-time Stanley Cup champion, they can use his knowledge and skill to teach the young goal keepers in their roster. As of now, Fleury is still at the top of the Knights list for the position, but it is not for the Penguins.

The Pen’s sniper James Neal, on the other hand, is within the grasp of Vegas because the Nashville Predators has too many good defense players to keep. Neal scored a total of 23 goals this season.

Vladislav Namestnikov, Nate Schmidt, Sami Vatanen, and Jason Zucker are also included in the list of draft players that could be picked by the Vegas Golden Knights.

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