The Vegas Golden Knights and their general manager, George McPhee, were backed into a corner before the start of the season.
Due to their expansion draft strategy of loading up on defenseman, the team was forced to make some tough roster decisions before the season opening deadline.
Amongst those were sending prized off season signing Vadim Shipachyov and young promising defenseman Shea Theodore to the AHL due to their two way contracts making them not having to clear waivers.
Despite the fact the team traded three defenseman after the expansion draft (David Schlemko, Marc Methot and Alexei Emelin) the team still opened the season with nine defenseman on the roster!
With McPhee desperate to make a move, it looks like he's trying to make the wrong one.
David Staples mentioned recently in the Edmonton Journal that according to Sportsnet's John Shannon, McPhee is trying to move Griffin Reinhart, Brad Hunt and Jon Merrill, but they have no trade value, especially since they've all yet to play. Those according to Shannon, aren't the names any other GM wants to hear.
Despite the Golden Knights being off to an undefeated start, are they doomed for disaster because of their expansion draft strategy?