The Vegas Golden Knights officially have a roster following the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft. After receiving the protection lists from the other 30 teams, Golden Knights brass revealed which player from each team will be moving teams for the upcoming 2017-18 NHL season.
Results of the draft were announced during the 2017 NHL Awards ceremony in front of a Las Vegas crowd at T-Mobile Arena. When the Golden Knights were on the clock to select from Los Angeles, Brayden McNabb was the team’s pick according to Kings:
The Vegas Golden Knights selected Brayden McNabb from the LA Kings at the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft.
McNabb’s selection hardly comes to a surprise despite the Kings also leaving Dustin Brown and Marian Gaborik unprotected. The two veteran forwards carry large cap hits, especially for an expansion team. As for Brayden, his $1.7 million average annual value is great for a 26-year-old.
Following the team’s announcement of selecting McNabb, the defensemen joined the stage and showed off his new sweater and colors. Most notable expansion draft selections include James Neal from the Nashville Predators and Marc-Andre Fleury from the Pittsburgh Penguins.
In three seasons with the Kings, McNabb amassed 42 points in 201 appearances. On the defensive end, the new Golden Knight dished out 491 hits and blocked 205 shots. Injuries sidelined McNabb for a good portion last season and hindered his production. He originally came to Los Angeles following a trade with the Buffalo Sabres.