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Nill thoughts on Eakin; Vegas picks and transactions

Here are a couple of quotes from Dallas Stars Jim Nill on the Stars losing Cody Eakin in the expansion draft:

“I love Cody Eakin. I love what he brought to our team. He’s been a great Dallas Star. But in the end, he’s the player I thought they would probably take. They made a good pick taking him. He’s a good player.”

Nill said Eakin’s rough season was a very small part of the decision to expose him in the expansion draft:

“Players have bad years, and he had a tough injury. He’s going to bounce back. Really it comes down to contract, position, center depth, the role on the team. There are a lot of different factors.”

On the process of determining the list over the course of the season:

“We had a good idea who we were going to expose, but it went back and forth all season, different names and for different reasons. We did one [list] at the start of the year, one at our pro meetings in January and then we were doing it consistently at the end of the year. It was wavering all the time. It wavered right down to the wire. When I made the final decision, there are other directions I could have gone.”

Vegas Picks

Here are the 30 picks Vegas made Wednesday night. They selected three goaltenders, 13 defensemen and 14 forwards.


Jean-Francois Berube, NY Islanders

Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh

Calvin Pickard, Colorado


Alexei Emelin, Montreal

Deryk Engelland, Calgary

Jason Garrison, Tampa Bay

Brayden McNabb, Los Angeles

Jon Merrill, New Jersey

Marc Methot, Ottawa

Colin Miller, Boston

Griffin Reinhart, Edmonton

Luca Sbisa, Vancouver

David Schlemko, San Jose

Nate Schmidt, Washington

Clayton Stoner, Anaheim

Trevor van Riemsdyk, Chicago


Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Philadelphia

Connor Brickley, Carolina

William Carrier, Buffalo

Cody Eakin, Dallas

Erik Haula, Minnesota

William Karlsson, Columbus

Brendan Leipsic, Toronto

Oscar Lindberg, NY Rangers

Jonathan Marchessault, Florida

James Neal, Nashville

Tomas Nosek, Detroit

David Perron, St. Louis

Teemu Pulkkinen, Arizona

Chris Thorburn, Winnipeg


In association with their 2017 NHL Expansion Draft selections, the Golden Knights made

the following transactions:

* Vegas acquired D Shea Theodore from Anaheim.

* Vegas acquired Buffalo’s 6th-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft (161st overall).

* Vegas acquired Boston’s 5th-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft (142nd overall, previously

acquired by Carolina).

* Vegas acquired F David Clarkson, Columbus’ 1st-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft (24th

overall) and Columbus’ 2nd-round pick in 2019.

* Vegas acquired F Reilly Smith from Florida for Vegas’ 4th-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.

* Vegas acquired F Alex Tuch from Minnesota for Vegas’ 3rd-round pick in the 2017 or 2018

NHL Draft.

* Vegas acquired F Mikhail Grabovski and D Jake Bischoff as well as NY Islanders’ 1st-round

pick in the 2017 NHL Draft (15th overall) and 2nd-round pick in 2019.

* Vegas acquired Pittsburgh’s 2nd-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.

* Vegas acquired F Nikita Gusev, Tampa Bay’s 2nd-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft (45th

overall) and Pittsburgh’s 4th-round pick in 2018 (previously acquired by Tampa Bay).

* Vegas acquired Winnipeg’s 1st-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft (13th overall) and 3rd-round

pick in 2019 for Columbus’ 1st-round pick in 2017 (24th overall, previously acquired by Vegas).