Who will make the Las Vegas NHL Expansion Hockey Team?Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
An expansion team means another option for people who bet on NHL – the fact that the team will be located in Las Vegas is just a happy coincidence. However, it also means that there will be an expansion draft. A propos of which, hockey betting fans have been wondering what the new team’s name will be. Given that it will comprise players from the remaining 30 teams in the league, I hereby suggest they call themselves the Las Vegas Voltrons. According to reports, already existing teams must expose two forwards and one defenseman under contract who played at least 40 games last season or a total of 70 games in the past two seasons.
Goalkeepers. A name that immediately comes to the minds of fans who bet on NHL is that of Marc-Andre Fleury for the new franchise’s goalkeeper. The veteran Penguin had to temporarily surrender his starting spot to a concussion, and then permanently to a world-class performance by rookie Matt Murray – one of the reasons Pittsburgh claimed the Stanley Cup. Other alternatives include Detroit Red Wings’ Jimmy Howard, Steve Mason, and Jaroslav Halak.
Defense. The Washington Capitals’ Brooks Orpik will turn 36 years old in 2017 and has seen everything, which makes him ideal for an expansion team. Tyler Myers could be made redundant if the Winnipeg Jets commit to Jacob Trouba. The Senators’ blue line might be getting too crowded for Marc Methot. Adam McQuaid could contribute all of the experience he has gained with the Bruins. Seth Jones and Ryan Murray are the Blue Jackets building blocks, which could mean it’s time for Jack Johnson to make himself scarce. Rangers’ Dan Girardi’s no-trade clause makes Kevin Kline the obvious choice to go. John Moore has played with four teams in as many years, so what’s a fifth? The Sharks may have to let Paul Martin go, if it comes to choosing between him and Justin Braun.
Forwards. Dustin Brown could be a great captain for that team based on a city to which he can commute from Los Angeles. Brad Richardson just had a career-high season with 31 points. The Flames will protect stars Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan, leaving Mikael Backlund up for grabs. Craig Smith could end up becoming a top-six forward for the Voltrons. Eric Ferh could provide championship experience for a team sorely in need of any kind of experience. The St. Louis Blues-developed Ryan Reeves has the size and is tough. And speaking of grit, Derek Dorsett was one of the league leaders in penalty minutes last season, as was Cody McLeod.
Would people who bet on NHL put their money on a team with these players? That’s a hockey betting proposition that might pay off, seeing as how an expansion team would be an automatic underdog.