It turns out the move was in conjunction with a trade with the Golden Knights that saw the expansion team take on Reilly Smith and his five-year, $25-million contract. Nevertheless, the Golden Knights were able to snag the Panthers' top goal scorer this season.
Marchessault paced his club with 30 goals and added 21 assists in his first full season in the league. To make things even better, the 26-year-old is making just $750,000 this season.
If he can continue to develop and produce like he did this season, then there's no question Marchessault could turn out to be the steal of the expansion draft.
The second player to officially join Vegas' NHL squad could turn out to be among their best.
Back in early May, the Golden Knights landed a big fish by inking Russian forward Vadim Shipachyov to a two-year deal. He joins the team not as a rookie but as a seasoned 30-year-old who finished third in KHL scoring last year with 26 goals and 76 points in 50 games.
He also recently represented his country at the World Championship where he posted 13 points in 10 games. He has impeccable vision and a strong release. He could serve as a great set-up man for a sniper such as James Neal and a strong presence on the power play.
In Shea Theodore, the Golden Knights get a former first-round pick who has been on the cusp of becoming a full-timer in the NHL but has had the misfortune of being cast aside due to a deep Ducks defensive corps.
Theodore might have dropped on the Ducks' totem pole, but he still holds much value. For one, Theodore is still just 21 years of age, meaning he still has much more maturing and developing to come. He towers at 6-foot-2, has a strong shot, and solid vision.
This season he finished with 20 points in 26 games in the AHL, while chipping in nine points in 34 games with the Ducks. He also finished second in defensemen scoring on the Ducks during the postseason, finishing with eight points in 14 games - just one point back of Cam Fowler.
With some regular playing time, Theodore could emerge as a solid first- or second-pairing D-man.
Tomas Nosek was a bit of a surprising pick by the Golden Knights given that many believed the club would hop on the chance to pluck goaltender Petr Mrazek.
However, one thing is quite certain: George McPhee is a smart man and clearly saw something very special in Nosek.
Since coming over from the Czech Republic three years ago, the 24-year-old has spent the majority of his time fermenting in the American Hockey League, but he looks to be hitting another level.
He posted 15 goals and 41 points in 51 games during the regular season and led the Grand Rapids Griffins in playoff scoring - finishing third overall - with 10 goals and 22 points in 19 games.
He has a strong shot and is hard on the puck and was believed to be among the best prospects in Detroit's system. If it all works out, Nosek could end up being more valuable than Mrazek.
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The success of the Golden Knights next season and going forward could solely rest in the hands of Marc-Andre Fleury.
The Golden Knights made Fleury the face of the franchise on Wednesday night, bringing him out on stage with their second-last selection. The deal to nab Fleury was reportedly made back in March, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun, meaning he has long been in Vegas' plans.
It's also clear to see that by electing not to grab fellow netminders Mrazek, Philipp Grubauer, or Antti Raanta, the Golden Knights don't expect too much of a goaltending carousel.
Fleury is back to being the No. 1 again after having his net stolen from Matt Murray, and unless his play drastically tails off, he should remain in that position for the foreseeable future.
The leader of the NHL's newest outfit had 72 hours to pore over lists of available players and piece together his club's initial roster. In the end, several key hits were among his final tally, like Jonathan Marchessault, Marc Methot, and Marc-Andre Fleury.
But at the mercy of his fellow managers, who offered up various payments for McPhee to steer clear of certain players, the Golden Knights' chose instead to collect additional draft choices. In doing so, it could prove to be a costly move for the new club, which ultimately left some valuable players on the table.
Theodore and Tuch, the top payments of the side deals, may turn out to be better than what the Golden Knights could have selected. But in the here and now, Vatanen and Dumba hold supreme for Vegas. Even more so if they were chosen to be traded.
It stands to reason that even if the Golden Knights did not see the 26-year-old Vatanen or the 22-year-old Dumba as part of their future, they may have received greater payment by dealing either player in a subsequent trade.
Among two of the game's biggest criticisms will be on the table when all 31 general managers convene on Thursday afternoon in Chicago.
The league's GMs will meet to discuss a number of topics and among them are a potential new standard for slashing and possibly making changes to the coach's challenges of offside calls, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun.
Slashing has become a hot-button topic of late due to the perceived increase in the amount of slashes, especially to players' extremities such as hands. Meanwhile, offside reviews have come under great scrutiny for many reasons, including the fact that calls are coming down to mere fractions of millimeters in some cases.
The St. Louis Blues are hoping to be picking higher than their current spot at 20th overall in Friday's draft.
General manager Doug Armstrong spoke to stlouisblues.com where he was adamant the team is open and hopeful of swinging a deal to improve its placement in the draft.
"We are considering moving up," Armstrong said, according to NHL.com's Chris Pinkert. "We've talked to some teams that are in an area where they think they might want to move back and grab either two first-round picks or one of our firsts and our second-round pick, depending on how far we move up.
"There are a couple of players we have our eye on."
Looking at this year's draft, Armstrong believes the field isn't as strong as in years past, but remains confident that there will still be quality players to be had.
"(This draft) doesn't have the (Sidney) Crosby, (Alex) Ovechkin or (Auston) Mathews-type players at the top end, but we're still excited," Armstrong said. "It doesn't look like it has the depth of Robby Fabbri's draft where you might get a guy to fit in your top six. But that being said, someone is going to outperform the draft, they always do. It could be someone in the late first round or the fourth round.
"There's going to be a great player coming from this draft, and our job is trying to find one of them."
In 1999-00, while with the Blues, Pronger was awarded the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman, as well as the Hart Trophy, as NHL MVP. Pronger won the Stanley Cup with the Ducks in 2007. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2015.
Pronger joins the Panthers after spending the past three seasons with the NHL Department of Player Safety.