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.
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Joe Pavelski, C, Dallas Stars

Yes, this Joe Pavelski. The same guy who's been a thorn in the side of the Vegas Golden Knights for all these years. First, he was a pain in the butt during his heyday in San Jose, lighting up the Golden Knights at will. Then, he became hyper-annoying for the Dallas Stars last postseason, scoring a goal and three assists. There's an old saying that goes like this (sort of): "If you can't beat 'em, acquire 'em."

That's what Vegas did with Tomas Hertl, acquiring him from the Sharks at the trade deadline. Now, the Czech star is a long-term piece, adding numerous aspects to the offense. For Pavelski, he can do the same as his former Sharks teammate. After all, he scored 27 goals and added 40 assists this season, which isn't bad for a 39-year-old center.

During his hockey career, the former San Jose legend has made a living as a consistent scorer. He has 476 career goals, with 176 of those coming on the power play. He's also kept himself upright throughout his career, playing on a regular basis. There's a good chance Pavelski would be brought in on a one-year deal if signed. Still, it'd be an excellent depth piece signing, providing more scoring at the forward position.