Who will join the Vegas Golden Knights?

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.

The Panthers were rumored to be trying to move Marchessault on Saturday before the Vegas trade freeze went into affect and have been mentioned as a team who may be working a side deal with Vegas general manager George McPhee to perhaps protect a player or two on the exposed list.

Reports have been swirling that the Blackhawks already have a deal in place to ensure that the Golden Knights take Kruger in the draft, but the official announcement will not be made until after the draft on Wednesday. "And what's best for our team is keeping the player, so that's how we measure things". And teams aren't prohibited from making trades that would keep certain unprotected players from being selected.

Matt Dumba (Minnesota) is just 23 years old.

Teams went one of two routes when compiling who would be protected - either pulling aside seven forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender or eight skaters and one netminder.

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

While the Blues must be prepared to lose one of their assets, it's possible that they could have some say in the proceedings, even beyond the protected list. Theres also a surplus of young goaltending talent, including Detroits Petr Mrazek, Washingtons Philipp Grubauer, the New York Rangers Antti Raanta and Colorados Calvin Pickard.

Just two years ago, the Senators got a first-round pick from Buffalo for goaltender Robin Lehner, Boston a first-round pick from San Jose for Martin Jones and NY second- and third-round picks from Edmonton for Cam Talbot. Staal is one of only six available players who finished among the top-90 in scoring and one of only 12 to pot at least 20 goals - a group mostly comprised of veteran supporting types like James Neal, Patrick Eaves, T.J. Oshie, and Michael Grabner.

“The expansion draft, I think the way its set up now is quite interesting, ” said Capitals assistant GM Ross Mahoney, who worked under McPhee for 17 years.

Now begins the jockeying regarding some of those top players. According to The Columbus Dispatch, the Blue Jackets have already agreed to deal their first-round pick this year and a prospect to Vegas for McPhee to steer clear of forward Josh Anderson, young goaltender Joonas Korpisalo and defenseman Jack Johnson.

Courtesy of the National Hockey League, the lists of protected and unprotected players from all 30 teams outside of Vegas are available. That could handcuff them going ahead, but Ryan is a very talented offensive forward who would get the fans excited in Las Vegas. They only need a couple, and there's opportunities for trades from that perspective.

Keep in mind that just because a player has been left unprotected doesn't mean he's necessarily going to be snapped up by Vegas.

After a half-hour delay, the National Hockey League finally released the protected lists Sunday for the upcoming expansion draft for the Vegas Golden Knights. Teams could also ask Vegas to pick an exposed player they're interested in, then get the Knights to subsequently flip him. The team will unveil its initial roster with expansion draft picks during Wednesday's NHL Awards Show from Vegas (8 p.m., NBCSN). But he said Monday was the final day for GMs to make pitches and hold negotiations because Vegas was planning to pick its team Tuesday.

  • Julie Sanders