Vegas holds all the cards with NHL expansion draft list out

Vegas holds all the cards with NHL expansion draft list out

The expansion draft results will be announced Wednesday night at the NHL Awards show.

Why he will not: There were some talented young defensemen left available by other clubs, including Sami Vatanen, Matt Dumba, Marco Scandella, Trevor van Riemsdyk, Jack Johnson, Jason Demers and Nate Schmidt. The Golden Knights must select the following number of players at each position: 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goaltenders and must select a minimum of 20 players who are under contract for the 2017-18 season.

Vatanen, a fifth-year player, won't be ready for the start of next season after having surgery to fix a shoulder injury. "Now, General Manager George McPhee and his staff will continue to have discussions with the other 30 National Hockey League clubs".

Not only that, Vegas looks set to have a surprisingly decent team post Expansion Draft.

The protected lists were revealed Sunday morning and distinctly state which players are available and which are protected. As we're sure to find out over the coming days, turning McPhee's eyes off of a top prize and onto a second- or third-best player could be costly with payment coming in the form of picks and prospects.

The Philadelphia Flyers didn't protect goaltender Michal Neuvirth, who the team signed to a two-year, $5 million contract extension in March.

Though it's unclear whether he would be selected by Vegas on Wednesday, the 24-year-old was certain the Canadiens would not have protected him.

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The Golden Knights and General Manager George McPhee now have a three-day window to build their team from the list of players exposed and also make deals with other National Hockey League teams involving those players.

McPhee wasn't prepared to discuss individual players when specifically asked about Fleury, but noted there were no surprises based on the numerous mock drafts the Golden Knights conducted over the past few months. In short, while other teams cannot participate in free agency until July 1, Vegas can immediately begin signing free agents. "Vegas doesn't need 10".

As a forward for the St. Louis Blues during the 1998 and 2000 expansion drafts, Craig Conroy was on the team's protected list both times.

"We can put a competitive team on the ice and accumulate draft picks", McPhee said. "So if you have five defencemen, say, and you can only protect three - so you trade one defenceman off for a draft pick or young assets and then you're going to lose another defenceman to Las Vegas and then all of a sudden, you're two D down, you know what I mean?"

"I've got a huge opportunity to re-grow my game with a guy who played the game similarly to the way I would like to play it", Beaulieu said, noting he also had a brief chat with Housley following the trade. To be perfectly honest, if Penn State had a straight-to-NHL player on its roster right now this wouldn't be the first time we'd be talking about it.

San Jose has two notable veteran free agents in Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau. Several big names have come up in conversations, but it appears the teams who have unprotected players they still wish to keep are also willing to compensate Vegas to make sure they stay unclaimed.

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