In 1999, the Atlanta Thrashers selected 26 players in the expansion draft. Ten of those players never played a game for the Thrashers.
In 2000, the Columbus Blue Jackets selected goaltender Dwayne Roloson, defenseman Mathieu Schneider and forwards Turner Stevenson and Dallas Drake. None of them ever wore a Blue Jackets jersey.
On Wednesday night, in front of a packed house at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the Vegas Golden Knights unveiled what the majority of their roster will look like in 2017-18.
It is reasonable to assume that? Marc-Andre Fleury will be their No. 1 goalie, James Neal will be their top-line right winger and, barring a trade, Marc Methot will be on their top defensive pair.
But when the glitter and glitz from Wednesday night fades, changes will be coming, and quickly.
By the time the NHL entry draft concludes Saturday afternoon in Chicago, many of the players and draft picks selected by the Knights on Wednesday will be sent packing to other teams as general manager George McPhee begins transforming an abundance of unprotected, unsigned and unproven players into a competitive, 23-man roster by the time the Knights open the season on Oct. 6 in Dallas.
Until then, here’s a quick analysis of the NHL’s newest hockey team, with a roster that is made up of players signed before the expansion draft, expansion-draft picks and trades made during the expansion draft:
Marc-Andre Fleury: Fleury ranks up there with John Vanbiesbrouck as one of the top goalies ever selected by an expansion franchise. Vanbiesbrouck was 30 years old when the Florida Panthers selected him from the New York Rangers in 1993. He went 21-25-11 in his first season in Florida, helping the Panthers complete their inaugural season with a respectable 33-34-17 record. Fleury, 32, has an all-time, regular-season record of 375-216-68 and has won three Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins. There will be days when he wishes former teammate Kris Letang was in front of…