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Common Players Found Across TSNs New Expansion Draft Mocks

Two of TSN’s top analysts released their expansion mock drafts with many similarities. TSN’s Director of Scouting Craig Button and TSN’s Senior Hockey Reporter Frank Seravalli are two that are clearly in the know. From the players selected is it possible some secrets are already out of the bag?

Let’s start with the obvious. Go ahead and Twitter search “Marc-Andre Fleury + Vegas.” You’ll read multiple tweets about his eventual move to Las Vegas. In fact, there are even rumors floating that MAF’s wife was in Southern Nevada house-shopping. If any of our real estate friends out there can confirm this story we’d all appreciate it.

Both Seravalli and Button have Fleury taken as the Golden Knights first goaltender. Possibly the outcome of this season could impact the Cup-winning backstop’s decision. After his stellar performance in the first few series the hockey world realized Fleury has a lot left. In fact, there’s a running theory that Fleury and Matt Murray could split the Conn Smyth trophy. Talk about leaving Pittsburg on a high note Costanza. At 32-years-old, Flower could be a valuable commodity for any team. However, according to TSN experts, Fleury will waive his NMC and settle into his six-bedroom/ten bath Summerlin house Mrs. Flower picked out.

A second player selected by Button and Seravalli will be excite the local core. For all that are still upset about the absent “Las” you’ll be happy to read the name Jason Zucker on both mock drafts. Personally, seeing the Wild’s forward selected puzzles me. From all accounts, Minnesota doesn’t seem prepared to move on from the 22 goal-scoring winger. Maybe, the Wild are warm-hearted and will reunite Las Vegas with a native son. The question is, what will it cost the Golden Knights.

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The Perfect Man To Be Las Vegas’ First Captain Plays Just A Few Hours Down The Road

The LA Kings are currently in first place but find themselves in a sensitive situation that could bode well for Las Vegas. Kings Captain Dustin Brown is underperforming this season and could be playing his last days in LA.

According to our main man over at Mayors Manor, it seems as if maybe the Kings are outgrowing Dustin. Although, in the Mayor’s column, he highlights Brown’s team first style that makes him a good NHL Captain. The Mayor also notes Dusty is the first American born Captain to lead two Stanley cup winning teams. Clearly the forward can lead.The problem with Brown is his stat line. He simply doesn’t produce points. It’s not really his game. What Dustin brings is intelligence, puck pressure and high energy. And I mean high energy. Always a leader in hits, although small, Brown’s body checks are feared. This has worked out great for the Kings when they started this run five years ago, but the team is moving on. Anze Kopitar and Drew Doughty have established themselves as NHL elite and they need to be paid like it. This is where Las Vegas can benefit.

The Mayor suggests the expansion draft as a potential escape option for LA. Getting an impact player in the expansion draft could be difficult, but finding a leader is even tougher. Dustin is American, a great leader, a winner and the Vegas market knows him well. Also DB started a high disciplined, Tom Brady- like diet to change his overall body performance. Brown plans on bringing his intensity late into his career, which could be while playing for Sin City’s team.

To me, Brown is the perfect player The Creator should target in the expansion draft. Las Vegas wouldn’t have to spend a high pick and they’d be getting a proven leader. Plus Dustin IS the checking line, which every team needs. The Kings may not need him any longer, but a developing team does.

Not too mention Kings games are broadcasted in the Las Vegas market so the viewing audience will know Brown coming in. It’s always good to bring in a recognizable face. It also doesn’t hurt when fans remember seeing him hoist the cup two out of the past five seasons. You remember NHL Captains, because they’re the players that raise The Holy Grail first.

Not convinced? Well, let’s talk fan connection. I’ve built my case above for fan recognition, but fan connection is just as important. One of the easiest ways to relate is to be from the same area as someone. That’s why you all know I want The Creator to go after Jason Zucker… It’ll take work but it could happen. Dustin on the other hand, isn’t from Nevada, but he is an American. The last time I checked, Las Vegans are about as Red, White and Blue Americans as Wayne Newton, The Heart Attack Grille, and Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club. An American born, board banging, NHL player would fit right in Southern Nevada. Let’s see it happen Creator, let’s get Dustin Brown in a Las Vegas sweater someday.Dustin-Brown-Las-Vegas

**Ken sucks at Photoshop, we know, get over it. Podcast #4: Expansion or Relocation w/ Mark Warner

As the waiting game continues we have to start wondering if expansion is ever going to happen. Maybe the team will come via relocation. Mark Warner of The Vegas Hockey Podcast joins the show to discuss that and much more. Hosted by Ken Boehlke.

  • The badass music that kicks off the Vegas Hockey Podcast; where did it come from? Where do we get our own? Can we ever be as cool as Mark?
  • Vegas is the best, why do people continue to hate on us?
  • If one of the currently struggling franchises were to move to Las Vegas, which team would we most like to have?
  • Ken mistakes CBS Sports Football anchor Adam Zucker for Las Vegas hero Jason Zucker.
  • Mark offers up a brilliant (yet surprisingly simple) way to fix the traffic issues that will occur outside the stadium.
  • Which coaches should The Creator be looking at when we do get a team in Las Vegas?
  • More team name discussion. Here is the link we reference.
  • Free plugs galore for Mark. Here’s his Twitter, his website, the new radio network he’s on, his Facebook, his Soundcloud, and of course, his iTunes link.

And much more…

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Skate Like Max: Vegas’ First Pick Should Be Gildon

Most of you probably haven’t heard of 16 year-old Defenseman Max Gildon. You will. In my eyes he’s the ideal player for Las Vegas to select in the 2017 NHL draft. Building a team around talent is necessary, but talent that connects with fans can be just as important. Not only is the blue liner big, and skilled but he’s also an American.

Let’s be serious, most high draft picks come out of Canada. Of course Canada’s Nolan Patrick or Finland’s Juuso Välimäki would be fine in Las Vegas. However, having a highly ranked American skater could add to the city’s excitement.

The evidence is the Buffalo Sabres first round draft pick Jack Eichel. The buzz in Buffalo right now is reminiscent of the Miraslov Satan and Matthew Barnaby days. Eichel is the next big star in Buffalo. Already visiting hospitals, holding meet and greets with fans. He’s become the darling of the Nickel City and he hasn’t played in one regular season game. The resurgence has already begun in upstate NY, which is good for the league. It’s been a while since Brett Hull’s goal/no goal. I feel for you Sabres fans.

I’m not against Canadian skaters, most of my favorite players to watch are Canadian. However, Ryan Getzlaf, Jamie Benn and Drew Doughty were drafted by teams with an established fan base. Connecting with fans is a way to build when winning might not be an option right away. I’d think Quebec City is planning the same with Nolan Patrick.

Don’t you think Las Vegas would rally around a young superstar defenseman from America? Sure a high Canadian draft pick would be just as good on the ice, but off the ice is just as important. Especially when the new franchise is building from scratch. Can you imagine the Max Gildon t-shirt and jersey sales? Every young Las Vegas kid would want to “Skate Like Max.

It’s the same reason I want The Creator to make one of his first trades on Minnesota Wild Forward Jason Zucker. It’s all about the connection.

Hockey fans throughout the valley like me don’t need to be hooked. Attracting NBA, NFL, NASCAR and even Opera fans is a must. Zucker’s local connection could attract a different fan, fringe fans. Which is what a young franchise needs to build team support.

Now to get started on that Zucker proposal. Stay tuned…

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