Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Merle Christensen

We now know every player available in the National Hockey League expansion draft

We now know every player available in the National Hockey League expansion draft

One of the new regime's first test will be their protected list because it will give an indication on what direction this team will be heading next season. The objective behind this is to allow the Golden Knights to get a sense of whether or not they will be able to sign a free agent before going ahead and using a pick on them in the Expansion Draft.

McPhee held court Sunday in Sin City, hours after the expansion draft protection lists for all 30 clubs were publicly revealed, and said there were "no surprises" in what has been made available to the Golden Knights.

At 5 p.m. Saturday, teams must submit their protected lists to the league - either seven forwards, three defencemen and one goalie or eight combined skaters and one goalie, which will be made public at 10 a.m. Sunday.

McPhee said he believes he "can accomplish two things" during the expansion process after selecting players and making trades with other clubs.

"We really like what we're looking at right now", McPhee told reporters.

With the trade moratorium now underway, teams can discuss trades only with the Golden Knights beginning at 7 a.m. Sunday after the National Hockey League has released the lists of protected players for all 30 teams.

"People have identified people on other clubs they'd like to have", McPhee said. That forced the team to also expose top-pairing blueliner Marc Methot.

The Wild have an atypical run-up to the Entry Draft as they don't have picks in the first or second round. 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 (U.S.) annual cap hit - likely wouldn't appeal to Vegas.

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The team could have conceivably asked Seabrook to waive his no-movement clause to expose him in the draft, but it seems highly unlikely that Vegas would have wanted to deal with his almost $7 million cap hit. Brodziak and Jaskin are players the Blues would certainly love to retain, but could be nice pieces for the Golden Knights to snag to fill immediate roles on the inaugural team.

Speaking of trades, it might take some time for rumors to turn into confirmations, at least when it comes to teams paying a ransom for the Golden Knights to take specific players. Defencemen Griffin Reinhart and Tyler Pitlick might be the most attractive players available to Vegas.

The former Capitals GM also previously signed Washington defenseman Nate Schmidt out of college and Sharks right winger Joel Ward in free agency and traded for Flames right winger Troy Brouwer.

The Golden Knights will also have this three-day window to meet with the pending restricted and unrestricted free agents exposed in the draft, and if they negotiate a deal with one of those players in that time, that counts as Vegas' pick from that team.

The final two spots on the protected list is between Michael Ferland, Curtis Lazar, Troy Brouwer and Matt Stajan.

Jeff Carter, center: Led the Kings with 32 goals and 66 points last season.

The Pen's sniper James Neal, on the other hand, is within the grasp of Vegas because the Nashville Predators has too many good defense players to keep. If they have any intention of competing next season - and they do - they'll need a puck-mover on the back end.

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