Anaheim Ducks

The pick

Forward Nicolas Kerdiles, 23

Contract: $650,000 through 2018

Protected list (7-3-1)

Forwards: Corey Perry (NMC), Ryan Getzlaf (NMC), Ryan Kesler (NMC), Rickard Rakell, Jakob Silfverberg, Andrew Cogliano, Antoine Vermette Defense: Hampus Lindholm, Cam Fowler, Kevin Bieksa (NMC) Goaltender: John Gibson

— Eric Stephens, Orange County Register

The Ducks left two top defensemen exposed with Sami Vatanen and Josh Manson, both of whom would be appealing for the Golden Knights’ roster and also as possible trade pieces. But the Orange County Register reported that Anaheim is believed to have a deal in place with Vegas to avoid those two players, likely in exchange for a high draft pick and possibly a prospect. We honored that and instead selected Kerdiles, a young winger who was a point-per-game player in the AHL this postseason.

Arizona Coyotes

The pick

Forward Alexander Burmistrov, 25

Contract: RFA

Protected list (8-1)

Forwards: Nick Cousins, Anthony Duclair, Jordan Martinook, Tobias Rieder Defense: Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Alex Goligoski (NMC), Connor Murphy, Luke Schenn Goaltender: Chad Johnson

— Craig Morgan,

Arizona’s most promising players don’t have the necessary professional hockey experience to be eligible for the expansion draft, but Burmistrov has potential. Though he’s had several underwhelming seasons in recent years, he scored 13 goals and 15 assists with Winnipeg during the 2011-12 season. The Coyotes swiped him off waivers last season, and in 49 games, he scored five goals and 11 assists. He’s still young at 25 and could probably be re-signed for a relatively low cap hit.

Boston Bruins

The pick

Goaltender Malcolm Subban, 23

Contract: RFA

Protected list (7-3-1)

Forwards: David Krejci (NMC), Patrice Bergeron (NMC), Brad Marchand (NMC), David Backes (NMC), Ryan Spooner, David Pastrnak, Riley Nash Defense: Zdeno Chara (NMC), Torey Krug, Kevan Miller Goaltender: Tuukka Rask

— Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe

Many of the league’s top prospects will be saved from the Golden Knights in the expansion draft because players with two years or fewer of professional hockey experience are exempt. But while Subban has played in just two NHL games in his career, his AHL experience makes him eligible, presenting Vegas with an opportunity to draft a young goaltender it can develop for the future. A talented prospect like Subban could also hold value as a trade chip down the road.

Buffalo Sabres

The pick

Goaltender Linus Ullmark, 23

Contract: $750,000 through 2019

Protected list (7-3-1)

Forwards: Kyle Okposo (NMC), Evander Kane, Ryan O’Reilly, Marcus Foligno, Zemgus Girgensons, Tyler Ennis, Johan Larsson Defense: Rasmus Ristolainen, Jake McCabe, Nathan Beaulieu Goaltender: Robin Lehner

— Mike Harrington, Buffalo News

Ullmark is one of the best young goaltenders available, making him either a valuable asset for Vegas to eventually trade or the Golden Knights’ starter of the future. It also helps that he’s waiver exempt, so he could start the season in the AHL.

Calgary Flames

The pick

Forward Hunter Shinkaruk, 22

Contract: $863,333 through 2018

Protected list (7-3-1)

Forwards: Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, Sam Bennett, Mikael Backlund, Michael Frolik, Micheal Ferland, Curtis Lazar Defense: Mark Giordano, Dougie Hamilton, TJ Brodie Goaltender: Mike Smith

— Kristen Odland, Postmedia

Shinkaruk was Calgary’s 2013 first-round pick, and he scored 15 goals and 20 assists in 52 AHL games last season. A young, cost-controlled forward with potential is a preferable selection to 31-year-old winger Troy Brouwer and his hefty $4.5 million cap hit through 2020.

Carolina Hurricanes

The pick

Forward Lee Stempniak, 34

Contract: $2.5 million through 2018

Protected list (7-3-1)

Forwards: Jordan Staal (NMC), Jeff Skinner, Victor Rask, Elias Lindholm, Phillip Di Giuseppe, Teuvo Teravainen, Brock McGinn Defense: Justin Faulk, Ryan Murphy, Trevor Carrick Goaltender: Scott Darling

— Luke DeCock, Raleigh News and Observer

Vegas will be the 11th team Stempniak has played for, and he can be counted on to consistently produce, scoring 16 goals just last season. With him entering the last year on his deal, he is also an easy piece to trade midseason for more picks or prospects.

Chicago Blackhawks

The pick

Defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk, 25

Contract: $825,000 through 2018

Protected list (7-3-1)

Forwards: Patrick Kane (NMC), Jonathan Toews (NMC), Marian Hossa (NMC), Artem Anisimov (NMC), Richard Panik, Ryan Hartman, Tomas Jurco Defense: Brent Seabrook (NMC), Duncan Keith (NMC), Niklas Hjalmarsson (NMC) Goaltender: Corey Crawford (NMC)

— Chris Hine, Chicago Tribune

With a whopping eight no-move clauses on the roster the Blackhawks are forced to protect, Chicago didn’t have a lot of flexibility. Vegas can take advantage by drafting van Riemsdyk, a young right-shot defenseman with a team-friendly cap hit for one more season. In 58 games last season, he played 18-plus minutes per night and scored five goals with 11 assists.

Colorado Avalanche

The pick

Forward Mikhail Grigorenko, 23

Contract: RFA

Protected list (7-3-1)

Forwards: Nathan MacKinnon, Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog, Sven Andrighetto, Blake Comeau, Rocco Grimaldi, Matt Nieto Defense: Erik Johnson (NMC), Tyson Barrie, Nikita Zadorov Goaltender: Semyon Varlamov

— Mike Chambers, Denver Post

The Avalanche may be ready to part with Duchene, Landeskog and Barrie this summer after the team had a dismal 2016-17 season, but Colorado won’t expose those players in the expansion draft and risk losing them for nothing. A bottom-six center, Grigorenko scored 10 goals and 13 assists in 75 games last season, but we also debated selecting goaltender Calvin Pickard, whom Vegas could pick and then trade for valuable assets with him just 25 and carrying a measly $1,000,000 cap hit.

Columbus Blue Jackets

The pick

Forward William Karlsson, 24

Contract: $1 million through 2018

Protected list (7-3-1)

Forwards: Brandon Dubinsky (NMC), Nick Foligno (NMC), Scott Hartnell (NMC), Brandon Saad, Cam Atkinson, Boone Jenner, Alexander Wennberg Defense: Seth Jones, David Savard, Ryan Murray Goaltender: Sergei Bobrovsky (NMC)

— Aaron Portzline, The Columbus Dispatch

The Blue Jackets will reportedly part with a first-round pick and prospect to save forward Josh Anderson, defenseman Jack Johnson and goaltender Joonas Korpisalo. Honoring that deal didn’t leave a lot left to choose from, but we selected a young center in Karlsson, who scored six goals and 19 assists in his second full NHL season.

Dallas Stars

The pick

Forward Cody Eakin, 26

Contract: $3.85 through 2020

Protected list (7-3-1)

Forwards: Jamie Benn (NMC), Jason Spezza (NMC), Tyler Seguin, Antoine Roussel, Radek Faksa, Brett Ritchie, Valeri Nichushkin Defense: John Klingberg, Stephen Johns, Esa Lindell Goaltender: Ben Bishop

— Mike Heika, Dallas Morning News

The Stars didn’t manage to trade Eakin before the expansion draft to get something in return for him, but getting his contract off the books could be a small victory for Dallas after he had just three goals and nine assists last season. The Golden Knights will hope it was a rare down year for Eakin, who had scored at least 16 goals in each of the three seasons prior and can bolster the team’s depth down the middle.

Detroit Red Wings

The pick

Goaltender Petr Mrazek, 25

Contract: $4M through 2018

Protected list (7-3-1)

Forwards: Henrik Zetterberg, Frans Nielsen (NMC), Gustav Nyquist, Justin Abdelkader, Anthony Mantha, Andreas Athanasiou, Tomas Tatar Defense: Danny DeKeyser, Mike Green, Nick Jensen Goaltender: Jimmy Howard

— Helene St., James, Detroit Free-Press

It was surprising to see Mrazek available after he was once appointed the top goaltender for the Red Wings and is seven years younger than Howard with a lower cap hit. In Vegas, Mrazek could split time with Marc-Andre Fleury, but it’s more likely the Golden Knights will flip him to a team in need of help in net and get some assets in return for Detroit’s questionable decision.

Edmonton Oilers

The pick

Defenseman Griffin Reinhart, 23

Contract: RFA

Protected list (7-3-1)

Forwards: Leon Draisaitl, Milan Lucic (NMC), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle, Patrick Maroon, Zack Kassian, Mark Letestu Defense: Andrej Sekera (NMC), Oscar Klefbom, Adam Larsson Goaltender: Cam Talbot

— Jim Matheson, Edmonton Journal

The Oilers have the good fortune of not having to use a protection on star center Connor McDavid, who is automatically exempt because of his little NHL experience. Eberle was rumoured to be on the trading block, but he was protected because it doesn’t make sense for Edmonton to risk losing the 20-goal scorer for nothing, even with his behemoth $6 million cap hit. Sekera’s no-move clause allows the Golden Knights to swipe Reinhart, the fourth-overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft.

Florida Panthers

The pick

Forward Jon Marchessault, 26

Contract: $750K through 2018

Protected list (8-1)

Forwards: Aleksander Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau, Vincent Trocheck, Nick Bjugstad Defense: Keith Yandle (NMC), Aaron Ekblad, Mark Pysyk, Alex Petrovic Goaltender: James Reimer

— George Richards, Miami Herald

Thirty-goal scorers with low cap hits are difficult to find, which makes this decision to draft Marchessault a no-brainer. It’s unclear why the Panthers didn’t risk losing Pysyk or Petrovic in the interest of protecting seven forwards, including Marchessault, but Vegas will gain by either securing a candidate to be the team’s top-line center or by trading him for a considerable return.

Los Angeles Kings

The pick

Defenseman Brayden McNabb, 26

Contract: $1.7 million through 2018

Protected list (8-1)

Forwards: Anze Kopitar (NMC), Jeff Carter, Tanner Pearson, Tyler Toffoli Defense: Drew Doughty, Alec Martinez, Jake Muzzin, Derek Forbort Goaltender: Jonathan Quick

— Jon Rosen, LA Kings Insider

With a blue line more impressive than its forward corps, Los Angeles chose to protect eight skaters and a goalie to save more defensemen. We would have preferred to draft 24-year-old restricted free agent Nick Shore, but at least 20 of the Golden Knights’ selections have to be under contract through next season. McNabb helps fill that requirement and has just a year left on his contract.

Minnesota Wild

The pick

Defenseman Matt Dumba, 25

Contract: $2.55 million through 2018

Protected list (7-3-1)

Forwards: Zach Parise (NMC), Mikko Koivu (NMC), Jason Pominville (NMC), Jason Zucker, Charlie Coyle, Nino Niederreiter, Mikael Granlund Defense: Ryan Suter (NMC), Jared Spurgeon, Jonas Brodin Goaltender: Devan Dubnyk

— Michael Russo, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Minnesota didn’t manage to trade one of its top blue-liners before the deadline to submit protection lists, and the Golden Knights benefitted. Perhaps the Wild offer Vegas something intriguing to stay away from Dumba and defenseman Marco Scandella, but Minnesota also has good forwards available in centers Eric Staal and Erik Haula. The expansion draft will hit the Wild hardest.

Montreal Canadiens

The pick

Forward Charles Hudon, 22

Contract: $650,000 through 2019

Protected list (7-3-1)

Forwards: Max Pacioretty, Andrew Shaw, Brendan Gallagher, Paul Byron, Phillip Danault, Alex Galchenyuk, Jonathan Drouin Defense: Jeff Petry (NMC), Shea Weber, Jordie Benn Goaltender: Carey Price

— Jonathan Bernier, Le Journal de Montreal

Montreal’s trade for Drouin left Hudon available, and his low cap hit for the next two seasons coupled with his impressive AHL production last season (27 goals and 22 assists in 56 games) makes him an intriguing choice for a Golden Knights team that likely wants to build with youth.

Nashville Predators

The pick

Forward James Neal, 29

Contract: $5 million through 2018

Protected list (8-1)

Forwards: Ryan Johansen, Filip Forsberg, Viktor Arvidsson, Calle Jarnkrok Defense: P.K. Subban, Roman Josi, Mattias Ekholm, Ryan Ellis Goaltender: Pekka Rinne

— Adam Vingan, The Tennessean

The Predators’ strength is their blue line, so protecting eight skaters makes sense for Nashville because it can save more blue-liners. But that leaves more forwards exposed, and the most difficult choice was between center Jarnkrok and Neal, who scored 23 goals this season. Jarnkrok is younger, and his team-friendly $2 million cap hit through 2022 was too good to leave exposed. It’s possible Nashville attempts a side deal to save Neal, in which case forward Colton Sissons would make a nice Vegas addition, too.

New Jersey Devils

The pick

Forward Stefan Noesen, 24

Contract: RFA

Protected list (8-1)

Forwards: Taylor Hall, Travis Zajac, Kyle Palmieri, Adam Henrique Defense: Andy Greene, John Moore, Ben Lovejoy, Damon Severson Goaltender: Cory Schneider

— Andrew Gross, The Record (N.J.)

Noesen doesn’t have a lot of NHL experience, but the 2011 first-round pick showed some scoring touch with the Devils this season, tallying eight goals in 44 games. He is exactly the kind of player Vegas should be interested in developing over a veteran with an albatross contract.

New York Islanders

The pick

Defenseman Calvin de Haan, 26

Contract: RFA

Protected list (8-1)

Forwards: John Tavares (NMC), Andrew Ladd (NMC), Anders Lee Defense: Johnny Boychuk (NMC), Nick Leddy, Travis Hamonic, Ryan Pulock, Adam Pelech Goaltender: Thomas Greiss

— Arthur Staple, Newsday

Even with the Islanders protecting five defensemen, de Haan was left available, surprising considering the puck-moving blue-liner scored five goals and 20 assists in a top-four role last season. The Islanders also reportedly have a deal in place to keep Vegas from selecting its top available forwards in Brock Nelson and Josh Bailey.

New York Rangers

The pick

Forward Michael Grabner, 29

Contract: $1.65 million through 2018

Protected list (7-3-1)

Forwards: Rick Nash (NMC), Derek Stepan, Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello, J.T. Miller, Kevin Hayes, Mika Zibanejad Defense: Marc Staal (NMC), Nick Holden, Ryan McDonagh Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist (NMC)

— Steve Zipay, Newsday

The Rangers are exposing several players that could be of interest to Vegas. Two-way center Oscar Lindberg or 25-year-old Jesper Fast would make good additions, as would goaltender Antti Raanta, considered one of the best netminders available. We went with Grabner after he scored 27 goals in 76 games last season. His low cap hit with just one year left on his contract makes him especially easy to trade in return for assets that the Golden Knights can build on.

Ottawa Senators

The pick

Defenseman Marc Methot, 31

Contract: $4.9 million through 2019

Protected list (7-3-1)

Forwards: Mike Hoffman, Derick Brassard, Mark Stone, Kyle Turris, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Zack Smith, Ryan Dzingel Defense: Dion Phaneuf (NMC), Erik Karlsson, Cody Ceci Goaltender: Craig Anderson

— Bruce Garrioch, Ottawa Sun

After Phaneuf reportedly declined to waive his no-move clause, the Golden Knights will swipe Methot, a reliable, shutdown defenseman. The Senators left forward Bobby Ryan unprotected with the assumption that his $7.25 million cap hit through the 2022 season is prohibitive, and they were right.

Philadelphia Flyers

The pick

Forward Michael Raffl, 28

Contract: $2.35 million through 2019

Protected list (7-3-1)

Forwards: Claude Giroux (NMC), Valtteri Filppula (NMC), Jakub Voracek, Sean Couturier, Wayne Simmonds, Brayden Schenn, Scott Laughton Defense: Shayne Gostisbehere, Radko Gudas, Brandon Manning Goaltender: Anthony Stolarz

— Dave Isaac, Courier-Post

Raffl played in just 52 games this past season, but he scored eight goals, and he is just two seasons removed from a 21-goal season. Flyers fans might be hoping the Golden Knights take defenseman Andrew MacDonald and his $5 million cap hit through 2020 off the roster, but Vegas would need some incentive to make that selection.

Pittsburgh Penguins

The pick

Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, 32

Contract: $5.75 million through 2019

Protected list (8-1)

Forwards: Sidney Crosby (NMC), Evgeni Malkin (NMC), Phil Kessel (NMC), Patric Hornqvist Defense: Kris Letang (NMC), Olli Maatta, Justin Schultz, Brian Dumoulin Goaltender: Matt Murray

— Jason Mackey, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

With Fleury reportedly agreeing to waive his no-move clause so Pittsburgh can protect 23-year-old Murray, Fleury is the obvious choice to be the Golden Knights’ top goaltender for at least the next two seasons. Now a three-time Stanley Cup champion, Fleury can help mentor the team’s other young netminder while he returns to being the undisputed No. 1 option, which was no longer the case in Pittsburgh.

San Jose Sharks

The pick

Forward Mikkel Boedker, 27

Contract: $4 million through 2020

Protected list (7-3-1)

Forwards: Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski, Ryan Carpenter, Tomas Hertl, Jannik Hansen, Melker Karlsson, Chris Tierney Defense: Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Brent Burns, Justin Braun Goaltender: Martin Jones

— Kevin Kurz, NBC Sports California

With Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau entering unrestricted free agency, San Jose is able to protect more forwards and potentially re-sign one or both of those two after the expansion draft. Boedker had a disappointing season with just 10 goals and 16 assists in his first year with the Sharks. But in the three prior seasons, he was on a 50-plus point pace, making him a worthwhile pick for Vegas if he can replicate that kind of production.

St. Louis Blues

The pick

Forward David Perron, 29

Contract: $3.75 million through 2018

Protected list (7-3-1)

Forwards: Vladimir Tarasenko, Paul Stastny, Alexander Steen, Jaden Schwartz, Patrik Berglund, Vladimir Sobotka, Ryan Reaves Defense: Alex Pietrangelo, Jay Bouwmeester, Joel Edmundson Goaltender: Jake Allen

— Tom Timmermann, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Perron scored 18 goals with 28 assists last season, so he is valuable to Vegas in his offensive production and in his potential trade value.

Tampa Bay Lightning

The pick

Defenseman Slater Koekkoek, 23

Contract: RFA

Protected list (7-3-1)

Forwards: Steven Stamkos (NMC), Ryan Callahan (NMC), Nikita Kucherov, Alex Killorn, Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat, Vladislav Namestnikov Defense: Victor Hedman (NMC), Anton Stralman, Braydon Coburn Goaltender: Andrei Vasilevskiy

— Joe Smith, Tampa Bay Times

Trading Jonathan Drouin before the deadline to submit protection lists enabled Tampa Bay to protect more of its forwards. Koekkoek, the 10th-overall pick in the 2012 draft, is hardly a bad consolation prize. He can play immediately on an NHL third-pairing and has some upside.

Toronto Maple Leafs

The pick

Forward Kerby Rychel, 22

Contract: $863,333 through 2018

Protected list (7-3-1)

Forwards: Nazem Kadri, James van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak, Leo Komarov, Matt Martin, Josh Leivo, Connor Brown Defense: Morgan Rielly, Jake Gardiner, Connor Carrick Goaltender: Frederik Andersen

— James Mirtle, The Athletic

The Maple Leafs’ best players — Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and William Nylander — are too young and inexperienced to require protections, so Toronto can easily save the bulk of its NHL roster. Rychel spent most of the season in the AHL, where he had 19 goals and 33 assists, and Vegas can either develop him in its minor league team or give him a depth role on the NHL roster.

Vancouver Canucks

The pick

Defenseman Luca Sbisa, 27

Contract: $3.6 million through 2018

Protected list (7-3-1)

Forwards: Henrik Sedin (NMC), Daniel Sedin (NMC), Loui Eriksson (NMC), Brandon Sutter, Bo Horvat, Sven Baertschi, Markus Granlund Defense: Chris Tanev, Alex Edler, Erik Gudbranson Goaltender: Jacob Markstrom

— Jason Brough, NBC Sports

Sbisa isn’t flashy, but he can play top-four minutes and is under contract through next season, helping Vegas meet the requirement of selecting at least 20 of those players. Forward Brendan Gaunce, a 2012 first-round pick, could also get consideration from the Golden Knights.

Washington Capitals

The pick

Defenseman Nate Schmidt, 25

Contract: RFA

Protected list (7-3-1)

Forwards: Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Marcus Johansson, Andre Burakovsky, Lars Eller, Tom Wilson Defense: Matt Niskanen, John Carlson, Dmitry Orlov Goaltender: Braden Holtby

— Isabelle Khurshudyan, Washington Post

Schmidt is a slick-skating, puck-moving defenseman who can play in a top-four role and be a long-term piece for the Golden Knights. Washington has him penciled into playing more minutes on its blue line next season, so the Capitals may incentivize Vegas not to draft him. Other appealing options for the Golden Knights in that case would be goaltender Philipp Grubauer, winger Brett Connolly or center Jay Beagle. The glut of good goaltenders left exposed by other teams (Mrazek, Pickard, etc.) could potentially make Grubauer slightly less appealing.

Winnipeg Jets

The pick

Forward Marko Dano, 22

Contract: $850,000 through 2018

Protected list (7-3-1)

Forwards: Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler, Bryan Little, Mathieu Perreault, Adam Lowry, Joel Armia, Andrew Copp Defense: Dustin Byfuglien (NMC), Tyler Myers, Jacob Trouba Goaltender: Connor Hellebuyck

— Ken Wiebe, Winnipeg Sun

Toby Enstrom did the Jets a favor by waiving his no-move clause, so Winnipeg could protect right-shot defenseman Tyler Myers. The speedy Dano was a more attractive selection for us than Enstrom, especially considering the low cap hit through next season.

NHL expansion draft rules

The NHL’s rules for the expansion draft were followed with teams protecting either seven forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender or eight skaters and one goaltender. Players with no-move clauses had to be protected unless they agreed to waive them. Teams must also expose at minimum:

• One defenseman and two forwards under contract in 2017-18 and has played in 40 or more NHL games the prior season or played in 70 or more NHL games in the prior two seasons.

• One goaltender under contract in 2017-18 or will be a restricted free agent at the expiration of his current contract. If the club elects to make a restricted free agent goaltender available in order to meet this requirement, that goaltender must have received his qualifying offer prior to the submission of the team’s protected list.

• The Golden Knights are required to draft a minimum of 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goaltenders, and 20 of those players must be under contract at least through next season.

Originally published June 15, 2017.

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