Watch the Vegas Golden Knights submit their National Hockey League expansion draft picks

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It's 116 degrees in the ice hockey capital of the world.

With the National Hockey League coming to Las Vegas, some general managers put their chips on the table and took calculated risks Sunday.

There's been a lot going on lately with the Vegas Golden Knights expansion draft coming tonight, but if you're like me, you've been following the latest news.

The biggest danger of new uniforms is the potential for soon appearing dated: Think of the teals and purples and the fonts of the 1990s, which within a decade were basically the mark of Cain that your team didn't have a ton of history. Goaltender Jaroslav Halak ($4.5 million), forward Nikolay Kulemin ($4.187 million) and defenseman Thomas Hickey ($2.2 million) are three of the larger salaries among the team's unprotected players.

If Vegas is anything like its expansion ancestors of the 1990s and early 2000s, it won't be very good in its inaugural season.

WORTH THE GAMBLE: Fleury could be joined by an established 20-something backup, like Philadelphia's Michal Neuvirth, Detroit's Petr Mrazek, Colorado's Calvin Pickard or New York's Antti Raanta.

Las Vegas must reach a salary floor with their selections.

The NHL, which changed the expansion draft rules, has guaranteed it. The names will be made public later that day during the NHL Awards Show at T-Mobile Arena.

The NHL has unveiled the new jerseys and uniforms for the upcoming apparel switch from Reebok to Adidas.

Obviously, this will be the first time the Coyotes have matched up with the expansion club. The one thing that didn't materialize was a large number of trades happening involving players teams didn't want to expose. We will try to strike that balance of opinion and analytics.

I'll be curious to see, in the weeks and months ahead, how much Golden Knights swag makes its way out into the wild. Vegas is going to have a pretty good team as an expansion team. "It's definitely exciting to be here and to see it firsthand".

It's worth noting Golden Knights general manager George McPhee is no stranger to Eakin. Given the list of protected and unprotected players, McPhee has stated that he plans on wasting no time with his group of available men.

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