National Hockey League expansion draft 2017: Grading all 30 expansion draft protection lists

Jun 19, 2017, 00:25
National Hockey League expansion draft 2017: Grading all 30 expansion draft protection lists

This game McPhee is trying to play turns a promising expansion draft pick into an impressive haul that could make the team more competitive sooner. They've hired a head coach, Gerard Gallant.

The NHL expansion draft and Vegas' initial roster will be unveiled during Wednesday's televised NHL Awards Show.

Ken's take: The Jets' final decision regarding their protected list hinges on whether defenceman Toby Enstrom was asked and ultimately decides to waive his no-movement clause.

The Kings have many fine players worth placing on their protected list, including defenseman Drew Doughty, center Anze Kopitar and goaltender Jonathan Quick.

When will we know the lists? They can protect seven forwards, three defencemen and one goaltender or eight skaters (forwards/defencemen) and one goaltender.

That would mean Stempniak and forward Joakim Nordstrom would be available to the Golden Knights, and Stempniak could be the choice.

The trade for Darling has left the Canes in the position of needing to shed a goalie.

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Fleury was left unprotected by Pittsburgh after he agreed to waive the no-movement clause in his contract. Their coach, Gerard Gallant, was sacked by the Panthers just 22 games into the 2016-2017 season after leading the team to a club record 47 wins and 103 points in 2015-2016. He's owed just $2.075 million next season and is controllable through 2018. But, I'd also argue that Carolina isn't financially equipped to carry more than $10 million in goaltending salary either.

If you can draft a player in the expansion draft that could be later flipped for draft picks (perhaps a Dan Hamhuis type from Dallas), more power to the Golden Knights. That would settle the Canes' goalie situation and keep the Knights from taking Stempniak or Nordstrom, two players with value.

Wednesday, June 21 Deadline for the Expansion Club to simultaneously submit its Expansion Draft Selections to Central Registry and the NHLPA (10 a.m. ET). It's expected that the Golden Knights will select some players in the expansion draft with the express objective of trading them to another team to build up their stock of draft picks and young prospects. Montreal may have to cut a side deal with McPhee for a draft pick to have Vegas stay away from Radulov. The arrival of the Golden Knights has definitely made things interesting for the other 30 teams in the National Hockey League.

National Hockey League teams had two options for putting together their protected lists for the draft: either protect a goalie and eight skaters, or a goalie, seven forwards and three defensemen.

Those lists, which will be released to the public at 9 a.m. on Sunday morning, will feature some of the biggest names in the sport, but in the case of the Chicago Blackhawks, it will also provide a window into their thought process as they reshape their roster.

The teams completed the deal just before the NHL's trade freeze for the Vegas expansion draft.

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