The most important draft pick by every expansion team since 1991 – ESPN

Marian Gaborik — selected third overall in the 2000 entry draft by Minnesota — was an impact player right out the gate for the Wild, scoring 18 goals in his rookie year and then following that up the next season with 30 goals and 67 points. 

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On June 21, the NHL will announce the results of its first expansion draft since 2000. The Vegas Golden Knights, the league’s 31st franchise, will reveal their 30 selections — one pick from each of the current teams — during the NHL Awards in Las Vegas, which start at 8 p.m. ET.

This marks a foray into a new market and the league’s first expansion draft in 17 years, the longest time without growth since it began adding new franchises in 1967. After the NHL merged with the WHA — and added the Edmonton Oilers, New England Whalers, Quebec Nordiques and Winnipeg Jets for the 1979-80 season — the league had 21 teams until 1991.

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We looked back at the last period of expansion, from 1991 to 2000 — a span in which the NHL added nine teams over the course of six expansion drafts — and noted the most important pick by every new team during

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