NHL Expansion Draft 2017 Protection List Made Public

The list is likely moot as the Vegas Golden Knights are expected to claim Fleury, meaning the rest of the players on the list will remain with the Penguins. Their full roster will be announced on Wednesday night. The most notable players the Capitals could lose are defenseman Nate Schmidt and goaltender Philipp Grubauer.

Aside from getting a fresh start with a Phil Housley-coached team placing a value on puck-moving defensemen, Beaulieu expressed relief he didn't have to deal with the uncertainty of being exposed in the NHL's expansion draft.

The Wild exposed center Eric Staal, a 28-goal scorer last season, as well as two strong defensemen, veteran Marco Scandella and 22-year-old Matt Dumba.

McPhee may not be Don Corleone, but he is the actual godfather of Matt Moulson's wife, and the Buffalo Sabres are unable to protect Moulson from the Golden Knights grasp if they choose to go that direction. The Golden Knights must select the following number of players at each position: 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goaltenders and must select a minimum of 20 players who are under contract for the 2017-18 season. Anaheim wants to keep defensemen Sami Vatanen and Josh Manson, Columbus wants to keep goalie Joonas Korpisalo, forward Josh Anderson, and defenseman Jack Johnson, and NY wants to keep forwards Josh Bailey and Casey Cizikas. Las Vegas hits the ice for its first preseason game on September 17 at Rogers Arena against the Vancouver Canucks. You want as many guys as possible to stay on the team next year.

Now begins the jockeying regarding some of those top players.

Vegas will be selecting one player from each team, so the Flyers will only lose one player through the Expansion Draft. 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.

The unprotected list includes players eligible to become restricted or unrestricted free agents.

Some players left unprotected, such as Ottawa forward Bobby Ryan, carry hefty contracts, which Vegas might shy away from so not to restrict the team's payroll structure under the salary cap. "Vegas doesn't need 10". If they do have a trade in place that sends Kruger to Vegas, no one will know until Wednesday. "I have total confidence that they're going to come through". "It's not so much an expansion draft for them as it is an accumulation of assets", Calgary General Manager Brad Treliving recently told Sportsnet 960 The Fan's "Boomer in the Morning".

The Columbus Blue Jackets have a trade in place with the Vegas Golden Knights, as TFP has already reported, but the parameters of the deal are coming to life.

The moves should add to the draft pick and prospect stockpile for the Golden Knights, who already have the No. 6 overall pick in this year's entry draft.

Three of the four New Hampshire NHL players will be made available: Merrimack's Tim Schaller of the Boston Bruins, Derry's Paul Thompson of the Florida Panthers and Orford's Ben Lovejoy of the New Jersey Devils.

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