Fantasia is running wild!
Vegas is a team that did not get any first line players (outside of Fleury), but basically has three number 2 lines, and they are fast as a team. That was more than enough to overpower the Pacific Division, who did not have teams who could skate with them. Winnipeg and Nashville were always going to be the teams Vegas was going to run into trouble against.
As bad as a GM George McPhee was in Washington, he has done one helluva job putting a good roster together and a very bright future is ahead for Vegas. He took bad contracts on and got high prospects, draft picks and side deals to take certain player during the expansion draft. He ended up with the following:
In return for agreeing not to select certain unprotected players, the Golden Knights were granted concessions by other franchises.
The Carolina Hurricanes traded Boston's fifth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft (previously acquired) in exchange for Vegas selecting Connor Brickley.
The Winnipeg Jets traded their first-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft and a third-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Vegas selecting Chris Thorburn and Columbus' first-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft (previously acquired).
The Tampa Bay Lightning traded their second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, Pittsburgh's fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft (previously acquired) and Nikita Gusev in exchange for Vegas selecting Jason Garrison.
The Minnesota Wild traded Alex Tuch in exchange for Vegas selecting Erik Haula and a conditional third-round pick in the 2017 or 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
The Columbus Blue Jackets traded their first-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, a second-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft and David Clarkson in exchange for Vegas selecting William Karlsson.
Not all players selected by the Golden Knights in the Expansion Draft would remain with the team. Some players were traded in the following days, some the day after:
Trevor van Riemsdyk and a seventh-round pick in 2018 were traded to Carolina for Pittsburgh's second-round pick in 2017.