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Vegas Golden Knights predicted rosters

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The 31st team in the NHL, the Vegas Golden Knights, are set to officially announce their roster tonight at 8 Pm EST.

Inaugural season

Things started to feel real for the Golden Knights when they announced their first ever jerseys Tuesday night.

This from the Vegas twitter account:

The Golden Knights will play their first NHL home game on October 10th against their division rival, the Arizona Coyotes.

Projected Vegas rosters

Making projected rosters is very hard. This is mainly because there are a number of deals in place preventing Vegas from taking certain players in exchange for draft picks. The NHL has asked teams to leave these deals private until the roster announcement at the NHL awards.

There are some deals that have leaked out into the public so, in making our projected rosters, we took these deals into account. However, many of the deals have remand private, so we aren’t sure who is and isn’t protected in some cases.

One deal that has leaked out into the media is the deal that will reportedly send Chicago forward Marcus Kruger and defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk to Vegas. This is for Chicago to dump the just over three million dollar contract of Kruger, while the Golden Knights will still receive young defenseman van Riemsdyk.

Another deal that is in place is one that sends a pick to the Golden Knights from Columbus in exchange for not taking 23-year-old goalie Joonas Korpisalo. The pick is rumored to be a first rounder.

There also appears to be a deal in place between Vegas and the New York Islanders. According to reports, the Golden Knights are not allowed to take multiple Islander forwards. In exchange, the Golden Knights receive the Islanders first round pick. Many names have floated around about who is in this deal, but no one knows for sure. If true, this would explain why the Islanders protected five defensemen.

The rosters

Nathan farewell’s projected Vegas roster.

Elliott vs Howard

StatEzekiel ElliottJordan Howard
YAC Average2.843.06
Total TD136
Elusive Rating35.356.1
Run Block Rank1st11th

Seth Askelson’s projected Golden Knights roster.

The Case For Nelson Over Fitzgerald

StatJordy NelsonLarry Fitzgerald
Team W-L Record8-65-8-1
Rec. Yards1,037949
Rec TD125
20+ Yard Plays157

Alex Goodyear’s projected Vegas roster.