Vegas Golden Knights: A Team Of Outcasts

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Jonathan Marchessault

Vegas’s leading scorer is not only well traveled but was also undrafted. Having been passed over at the 2011 NHL entry draft, Marchessault signed with the New York Rangers AHL affiliate, the Connecticut Whale.

Following the 2011-12 season, he signed an entry-level deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Columbus traded Marchessault to the Tampa Lightning on the 2014 traded deadline. He spent the majority of his time in Tampa with theta’s AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch. Marchessault left the Lightning as a free agent and signed with the Florida Panthers on July 1, 2016.

Despite being the Panthers leading scorer in his first full NHL season, he was left exposed and was selected by the Knights. As he has signed a six-year, $30 million contract extension with Vegas, it would appear that the Knights are not going to let this scoring phenom go.