3 free agents the Vegas Golden Knights can steal from the Central Division

The Central Division has always been one of hockey's tougher divisions. It could also provide a talent pool the Vegas Golden Knights need for their team.
Dallas Stars v Colorado Avalanche - Game Four
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There's an old saying that goes a little something like this:

"The world's your oyster."

It highlights one's ability to do whatever they please as long as it's within the good confines of the law. For the Vegas Golden Knights, they must approach the offseason with that mantra, even if their salary cap situation constricts them from doing so. Whether it's by replenishing through the draft or free agency, they must look at all possibilities if particular players leave for greener pastures. One place to look? The Central Division.

The NHL's Central Division has always been a good division with notable teams. Whether it was the Chicago Blackhawks and their 2010s dynasty or the Colorado Avalanche winning the Stanley Cup a couple of seasons ago, it's produced top-notch talent that has taken over the NHL. In fact, the Golden Knights were eliminated by such a team this year. The Dallas Stars defeated the defending Stanley Cup champions in seven games, making them no longer the defending champions.

But Vegas should look at this division for a potential goldmine in free agency. After all, they're set to lose some noteworthy players in the offseason, with superstars like Jonathan Marchessault and Chandler Stephenson likely leaving. While the postseason will hold a lot in the cards for the 2023 Stanley Cup champions, there's hope that the recruits will bring more forward depth.

With that, let's look at some potential fits for the gray and gold. Who can fit in with the club and bring some necessary depth and experience? What are the pieces they must have going into the 2024-25 season? For Kelly McCrimmon, diving into the Central Division has the potential to fish up some incredible players. Here are three free agents the Vegas Golden Knights should nab.

Jonathan Drouin, LW, Colorado Avalanche

Jonathan Drouin has spent his career dealing with injuries and an underwhelming stat sheet. The former third-overall pick was supposed to be an additional goal-scorer with Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos, making the Tampa Bay Lightning better. While the Lightning won two Stanley Cups with the aforementioned players, the Quebec native was sent to the Montreal Canadiens in 2017. This season, he's signed with the Colorado Avalanche on a one-year, $825,000 deal.

This season, he's scored 19 goals and 37 assists (14 of those came on the power play). He's provided a nice boost for the Avalanche, helping them get to the second round. He has stated his intent to return to the organization, stating that it's a great place to play hockey. But will Colorado bite on a new deal with the winger?

If not, that should leave a good opportunity for the Vegas Golden Knights to scoop him up on a smaller AAV deal. He's not going to provide much pizzazz on the offensive end, but he is a creative mind. Luckily, he can play all three forward positions, making him a good utility player for Bruce Cassidy. If he can stay healthy and consistent, Vegas will have a good steal from free agency.