If he was to draft the best player left unprotected from every team in the Expansion Draft, they would be $20M over the Salary Cap. They took quite a few third pairing, and bottom six forwards, and just came in under the $75M Cap. They were also able to accumulate some good looking prospects (Tuch, Gusev, Theadore), while also drafting quality players from those teams (Garrison, Haula). And three picks in the top 16 in this draft. I count that as a win.
Able to keep his team relatively competitive for a couple years, not have their fan base leave them, and also having an eye out for the future.
Also, if the other 30 GM's knew he would take the best available, and not allow them to work out a deal, a lot of those players would've been dealt beforehand. No chance ANA, MIN, TBL, WPG, CLB, etc leaves those quality players available, knowing they could be taken for free.