Vegas holds all the cards with NHL expansion draft list out

The Vegas Golden Knights are the league's first expansion franchise in almost two decades, and they will begin play in 2017-18 after selecting at least one player from each of the other 30 teams in the NHL.

"This has worked out very well for the Vegas Golden Knights and we expect to put a good, entertaining club on the ice", McPhee said.

"This expansion draft, it's complicated things a little bit, I think everyone is gradually working through and ultimately we all know we're going to lose one player and you accept that", Yzerman said. Rules of that nature will make it easier for the team to collect a cache of draft picks before they ever play a single game.

The Bruins also must expose one defenseman and two forwards who are under contract in 2017-18 and played in 40 or more National Hockey League games the prior season or played in 70 or more National Hockey League games in the prior two seasons, along with one goaltender who is under contract in 2017-18 or will be a restricted free agent at the expiration of his current contract immediately prior to 2017-18. To keep Nate on the team, the Capitals would have to trade a player or prospects that could turn out to be worth more than Schmidt or outbid another team's offer to Vegas for the player.

"People have identified people on other clubs they'd like to have", McPhee said.

Vegas is still widely expected to select Fleury, making him their first starting goalie and potential face of the franchise. With Matt Murray ready to take over as the clear-cut starter, the Penguins exposed the top overall pick from the 2003 National Hockey League draft, who has won 375 games and three Stanley Cups and is still only 32. He signed a three-year, $10-million deal last summer, but his time may already be up in Arizona. If the Knights were to sign one of those players, it would count as their draft selection for the Blackhawks.

Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau are both unprotected because they're pending-unrestricted free agents.

There are definitely some surprises from many teams throughout the league.

Vegas Golden Knights general team manager George McPhee during a press conference at T-Mobile Arena on Thursday, April 13, 2017, in Las Vegas.

Francis didn't say what his plans might be, saying, "We'll just see where we are and what happens" in the expansion draft.

With a solid.912 save percentage and 375 career wins, the Golden Knights would have a solid No. 1 netminder for the foreseeable future if they took Fleury. Under contract for another four years at $7.25 million per season, the Bruins will instead focus on trying to find another capable wing to skate with Krejci, particularly on his left side.

Montreal: No deal with Alexander Radulov means the Golden Knights can at least talk contract with the free agent-to-be.

San Jose: The Golden Knights could land themselves a top-line forward in Mikkel Boedker if they're willing to pay the remaining three years and $12 million on his four-year deal. Heck, he could even get consideration to be the first captain. 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.

  • Julie Sanders