The Florida Panthers lost Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith at the 2017 National Hockey League expansion draft held in Las Vegas on Wednesday night. The Vegas Golden Knights are the new expansion franchise for the 2017-18 season and had to pick one player from each of the 30 NHL clubs.
Marchessault, who was selected in the draft by the Golden Knights, played just one season for the Panthers and was acquired in a trade from the Tampa Bay Lightning. He led the Panthers with 30 goals and was third on the team with 51 points during the 2016-17 season. He became the first player since David Booth in 2008-09 to score at least 30 goals in a season.
Smith was traded away by the Panthers to Vegas for a 2018 fourth round draft pick. He had played the last two seasons with Florida. He helped the Panthers capture the Atlantic Division title in 2015-16 with 25 goals and 25 assists in 82 games. Smith compiled 15 goals and 22 assists in 80 games last season. He once won the Stanley Cup with the Boston Bruins in 2010-11.