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NHL expansion draft 2017: Grading all 30 expansion draft protection lists

19 June 2017

It's widely believed that Pittsburgh goaltender and three-time Stanley Cup champion Marc-Andre Fleury has already been tabbed to land in Vegas after he waived his no-move clause to be eligible for the expansion draft.

Brayden McNabb, defenseman: Likely to be the odd-man out on the protected list.

Vatanen, a fifth-year player, won't be ready for the start of next season after having surgery to fix a shoulder injury.

The first round of the draft begins on June 23 and San Jose will have eight picks to work with. Other notable Nashville players unprotected were forwards Pontus Aberg and Colton Sissons.

Newly acquired Montreal Canadien Jonathan Drouin.

Buffalo: Slim pickings for the Golden Knights off of the Sabres' roster, but Zach Bogosian's exposure is a sure sign that his time is nearly up in Buffalo. "Every team in this league has a chance to protect their roster".

Florida's James Reimer takes over for Roberto Luongo in the second period of a game in Philadelphia last March. Still, if there's one player the Sharks would surely hold the exit door open for, it's Boedker. The team will unveil its initial roster with expansion draft picks during Wednesday's NHL Awards Show from Vegas (8 p.m., NBCSN).

The balance McPhee must strike, he admitted, is between stockpiling draft picks and prospects for the future with icing a competitive team in a new and nontraditional market for next season. He intends to inform teams who Vegas is selecting in the event they want to strike a deal to have the Golden Knights choose another player.

The NHL released the list of expansion draft protected players Sunday and now hockey fans will have to wait until Wednesday to see what players will be snatched up by the newest franchise.

There's also nothing barring Vegas from making deals to select a player and trade him to another team.

According to a report last month from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Blues have made a decision to protect seven forwards, three defensemen and a goalie. Ottawa GM Pierre Dorion hoped Dion Phaneuf would waive his no-movement clause and risk exposure because his age (32) and contract - four more years with a $7 million annual cap hit - likely wouldn't appeal to Vegas. Goalie Jeff Glass is under contract for next season and fulfills the requirement for exposed goaltenders. TSN reported two weeks ago the Hawks were in talks with the Knights to take on Kruger's contract in a trade while taking van Riemsdyk in the expansion draft.

Defensively, Jason Demers was also left available to the Knights less than a year after he joined the Panthers as a free agent from Dallas.

Chayka was exaggerating, but only slightly.

The Golden Knights must select at least three goalies in the draft but could select more.

The Las Vegas Golden Knights join the National Hockey League and the Pacific Division for the upcoming season. "It's something we're obviously very active in right now and hopefully we can get a good goaltender in there that can help our group next year", said Chayka.