8 players the Devils could lose to Las Vegas in Expansion Draft
8 players the Devils could lose to Las Vegas in Expansion Draft
New Jersey Devils GM Ray Shero
20 Junio, 2017, 11:59
The Golden Knights' selection - one from each National Hockey League club - will be revealed at the 2017 National Hockey League awards and expansion draft on Wednesday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The Penguins instead protected Matt Murray a week after the second-year goalie led them to win their second consecutive championship.
Vatanen, a fifth-year player, won't be ready for the start of next season after having surgery to fix a shoulder injury.
Neal wasn't the only high-profile player left exposed by the Predators, who are coming off their first Stanley Cup Final appearance.
Other notable forwards left unprotected were: Minnesota center Eric Staal, a nine-time 20-goal-scorer, Los Angeles forward Dustin Brown and Montreal's Tomas Plekanec.
Brodziak, Jaskin, Perron, Bortuzzo, Gunnarsson and Hutton are under contract through next season or beyond, while the remaining players are restricted or unrestricted free agents this offseason. It's no certainty those players will be selected by the Golden Knights.
Consequently, most of the mock drafts anticipating how the Golden Knights might look are inherently flawed, because they imagine a scenario in which the best available player ends up in Vegas.
The Golden Knights are the league's newest franchise.
Those deals won't be formally revealed until Wednesday. The one thing that didn't materialize was a large number of trades happening involving players teams didn't want to expose. So, as a hypothetical, a team that might be interested in Washington's Grubauer could incentivize Vegas to select him in the expansion draft and then subsequently trade him.
With two years and $4.9 million left on his contract, Methot, who has been Karlsson's defensive partner for five seasons, would be hard to replace because he plays big minutes, but the Senators have depth on defence and could have somebody else to step into that role if necessary.
His appeal: Though he fell off offensively with a dip in luck this past year (24 points) and underlying numbers suggest he's slightly overexposed in a top pairing role, Vatanen remains an effective puck mover and transporter and helpful power play asset.
WORTH THE GAMBLE: Fleury could be joined by an established 20-something backup, like Philadelphia's Michal Neuvirth, Detroit's Petr Mrazek, Colorado's Calvin Pickard or New York's Antti Raanta. Those selections will be announced Wednesday night during the NHL Awards show in Last Vegas. General manager Ron Hextall said Friday he's going 7-3-1 (see story). Vegas doesnt need 10.
Chayka was exaggerating, but only slightly.
Teams are calling McPhee not just to negotiate a deal for them to pass on players they were forced to leave unprotected for the expansion draft but also to inquire about trading for a an opposing player who was left unprotected.
That doesn't mean the other GMs can't talk.
Throughout the expansion process, and well before fans had even the faintest idea what the rules would be surrounding the draft, McPhee made it clear that the Golden Knights would be built with drafting and developing as their primary focus.
Sometime late Wednesday, McPhee and the rest of the Knights' front office will be able to relax, if only briefly.
DON'T SLEEP ON: Vegas controls the trade market and can make some extra picks to flip a goalie or two.
Everybodys going to have conversations, Brad Treliving of the Calgary Flames said.
The Capitals elected to the use seven forward, three defenseman and one goaltender option. "We really like what we're looking at right now". "Having the ability to have a spot to protect someone, if all the other boxes were checked, there certainly was an advantage".
If the Senators protect Methot with a first-round pick, they'd likely lose Fredrik Claesson in the expansion draft. 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.
Another odd list is from the Minnesota Wild, who chose to protect Jonas Brodin over Matt Dumba and Marco Scandella. That puts those teams and the Anaheim Ducks in position to work out a deal with Vegas, which could prove costly. Enstrom's Sweden-based agent, Kalle Boden, said in an email that his client waived his no-move as a favor to the Jets and "wants to stay" in Winnipeg.
Indeed, he mentioned that the Golden Knights won't make a claim until they speak to every team.
"The most fun I've ever had in hockey", McPhee said in a video posted of him driving to the team's headquarters on Sunday.
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