Las Vegas–Today after being acquired by the Vegas Golden Knights from the Chicago Blackhawks, GM George McPhee and Carolina Hurricanes GM Ron Francis came to terms with trading forward Marcus Kruger eastbound in exchange for a 5th round pick for next year’s NHL Entry Draft.
Kruger was part of a side deal that was prior to the Vegas Draft where McPhee selected defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk. The former Hawks forward was acquired yesterday for future considerations.
As it stands after the Kruger trade to Carolina, Vegas now has going into next years draft 6 picks which include, Pittsburgh’s fourth-round pick, Carolina’s fifth-round pick. Additionally, their 2018 draft 6 selections also include the Golden Knights own 1st, 2nd 5th and 6th round picks.
McPhee is holding to his word about stockpiling draft picks in order to build the Golden Knights future.
In addition to having 6 picks for the 2018 cycle, Vegas has 12 picks for the 2019 NHL Draft and 9 for the 2020 year.
Since the Vegas Draft, the Golden Knights have acquired an additional 9 picks for the next three draft years.
Should be interesting on what McPhee’s next move is going forward. As of today according to our friends at CapFriendly.com, the Golden Knights have in available cap space, $11,049,168.
In recent years, Kruger becomes the 5th former Blackhawks player to join the Hurricanes. The last four were Bryan Bickell, Teuvo Teravainen, Scott Darling, and TVR.
The last player before this latest string of former Hawks to be with the Hurricanes was forward Tuomo Ruutu. Ruutu played for Carolina during the 2007 thru 2014 seasons.