The NHL’s newest franchise has its initial group of players for the 2017-18 season.
Following some activity in free agency and the NHL Expansion Draft on Wednesday night in Las Vegas, the Vegas Golden Knights have begun to form their identity.
Here is the roster as of Wednesday night:
Forwards: Reilly Smith (Florida Panthers), James Neal (Nashville Predators), David Perron (St. Louis Blues), Erik Haula (Minnesota Wild), Brendan Leipsic (Toronto Maple Leafs), Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (Philadelphia Flyers), Cody Eakin (Dallas Stars), Mikhail Grabovski (New York Islanders), Tomas Nosek (Detroit Red Wings), Oscar Lindberg (New York Rangers), Jonathan Marchessault (Panthers), Alex Tuch (Wild), David Clarkson (Columbus Blue Jackets), Teemu Pulkkinen (Arizona Coyotes), Connor Brickley (Carolina Hurricanes), Chris Thorburn (Winnipeg Jets), Nikita Gusev (Tampa Bay Lightning), William Karlsson (Blue Jackets), William Carrier (Buffalo Sabres)
Defensemen: Clayton Stoner (Anaheim Ducks), Jason Garrison (Lightning), Alexei Emelin (Montreal Canadiens), Marc Methot (Ottawa Senators), Shea Theodore (Ducks), Brayden McNabb (Los Angeles Kings), David Schlemko (San Jose Sharks), Griffin Reinhart (Edmonton Oilers), Trevor van Riemsdyk (Chicago Blackhawks), Deryk Engelland (Calgary Flames), Colin Miller (Boston Bruins), Luca Sbisa (Vancouver Canucks), Jake Bischoff (Islanders), Nate Schmidt (Washington Capitals), Jon Merrill (New Jersey Devils)
Goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (Pittsburgh Penguins), Jean-Francois Berube (Islanders), Calvin Pickard (Colorado Avalanche)
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