Vegas' roster strategy coming into focus

With the rules on the expansion draft and his team's spot in the entry draft being clarified, Las Vegas GM George McPhee is starting to get a sense of the makeup of his roster. AP Photo

Former Minnesota Wild assistant GM Tom Lynn started writing it as a series of potential blog posts. Then it grew and grew, and soon his account of helping start an NHL expansion team from scratch was at 500 pages.

It was never his intention, it just ended up that way, and his book “How to Bake an NHL Franchise From Scratch: The First Era of the Minnesota Wild,” has provided Wild fans an inside peek at the earliest days of the franchise. It’s also turned out to be one of many resources tapped by the new Las Vegas front office as they start to really dig in to building the NHL’s latest expansion team.