Fleury among players exposed for Vegas NHL expansion draft

Even though teams can only trade with the Golden Knights from now until the expansion draft, Vegas is going all out with a big reveal all throughout the day.

Vegas must select 30 players, one from each contributing team.

All trade roads run through Vegas.

McPhee told reporters Sunday that "there were no surprises" when the Golden Knights received the lists and that he was "really pleased with what's available".

"We were expecting this mass re-distribution of players". How do we want to do this? 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. There's also a surplus of young goaltending talent, including Detroit's Petr Mrazek, Washington's Philipp Grubauer, the Rangers' Raanta and Colorado's Calvin Pickard. "This means that before the Golden Knights claim a player off a team's unprotected list, [general manager George] McPhee and his staff are willing to negotiate deals so the other clubs do not lose a player they would otherwise like to keep".

Vatanen, who will miss the start of the season after having shoulder surgery, and Josh Manson were the odd men out in Anaheim, because the Ducks couldn't protect their all their talented core of defensemen.

Courtesy of the National Hockey League, the lists of protected and unprotected players from all 30 teams outside of Vegas are available. Per league rules, the Golden Knights only need to have 20 players under contract heading into next season. "The staring contest ends". You can find all the teams' lists here. It's possible Vegas general manager George McPhee might consider Ward, a veteran and former Stanley Cup victor with the Canes, or could take Lack.

The Vegas Golden Knights will put together their team on Wednesday in the NHL's Expansion Draft, and they're asking for help from fans as they assemble their roster.

That's what Arizona Coyotes GM John Chayka was thinking after trading veteran goalie Mike Smith to Calgary on Saturday.

After that there will be a frenzy of pre-draft trades and the usual flurry of activity just ahead of the July 1 opening of free agency, and numerous names we've heard floated over the last couple of weeks in trade rumors will likely be moved.

Lots of people wondered whether or not Dennis Rasmussen would be among the protected. The San Jose Sharks got second- and fourth-round picks for Mirco Mueller and a fifth-rounder, a safeguard against losing a 22-year-old defenseman for nothing.

McPhee expects to wait until late in this window to make final decisions before his picks must be submitted Wednesday morning, just to see what might be out there.

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