NHL Expansion Draft: 5 potential Vegas Golden Knights captains

Who will be wearing the “C” on the Vegas Golden Knights’ jersey on Opening Night in 2017? Here are five potential options. 

It’s official. The expansion team in Las Vegas finally has a name and a logo. They will be known as the Vegas Golden Knights. Fans already know George McPhee will be the general manager and most of the front office has been assembled as well. However, there are still some things to figure out.

Any good hockey team needs a strong captain, a team leader who leads them both on and off the ice. Bill Foley has made it a point to focus on the community, so a strong captain is necessary. Moreover, the Golden Knights will likely feature a number of young players. This makes having a captain who knows what he’s doing even more vital.

Because Vegas will likely go the route of picking younger players, they need a strategy to get some veterans as well. In previous expansion drafts, teams have offered picks to an expansion team to pick (or not pick) certain players. So let’s be honest, that’s going to happen this time around. Perhaps that’s how Vegas will get their captain. After looking at likely options to be exposed, here are five potential options.

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5. Tomas Plekanec , Montreal Canadiens

The Canadiens are one of the more interesting teams regarding the expansion draft. Obviously, they’re going to protect three defenseman, so that leaves them with seven forwards. Andrew Shaw, Max Pacioretty, Brendan Gallagher, Alex Galchenyuk, and Paul Byron are locks. That’s five. Phillip Danault is an easy choice to make it six forwards. After that, it gets tough, with one of Alexander Radulov, Tomas Plekanec, David Desharnais, and Torrey Mitchell as the last protected forward.

Mitchell is a clear pick to be exposed because he’s nothing special. Desharnais might sign an extension, but most likely he won’t. This leaves Plekanec and Radulov. Now, Radulov has expressed an interest in staying with Montreal and one can assume the feeling’s mutual. Should the Canadiens sign him to an extension, this leaves Plekanec.

He would be a good captain for the Vegas Golden Knights. Plekanec already wears an “A” for Montreal and is a solid two-way center. If Vegas doesn’t want to go the route of taking on a terrible contract in exchange for picks, he’s a good option.

Next: 4. Rick Nash

Source : https://fansided.com/2016/11/23/nhl-expansion-draft-5-potential-vegas-golden-knights-captains/

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