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Made available for expansion draft

19 June 2017

The goal behind this is to allow the Golden Knights to get a sense of whether or not they will be able to sign a free agent before going ahead and using a pick on them in the Expansion Draft. Here are the previews for the Atlantic, Metropolitan and Central Divisions. He did not say if that might be an option with McPhee and the Golden Knights. Well, the Knights' strategy heading into this portion of the expansion draft should be to choose the best available player from each of their divisional opponents.

The NHL expansion draft and Vegas' initial roster will be unveiled during Wednesday's televised NHL Awards Show. The most notable players the Capitals could lose are defenseman Nate Schmidt and goaltender Philipp Grubauer.

Top Anaheim defensemen Josh Manson and Sami Vatanen were exposed, as was forward Jon Marchessault, a 26-year-old 30-goal scorer in Florida this past season.

"Some teams I'm sure are trying to do deals with Las Vegas if they have higher end players that they're willing to subsidize".

A full-time left winger the past three years, Zucker wouldn't want to leave the Wild, a team on the cusp of Stanley Cup contention, but the timing of this round of expansion is tough on general manager Chuck Fletcher. While these deals need to be above-board and all terms filed with the league, they don't need to be made public. Instead of overreacting, they are playing it cool - and they hope it pays off.

There's also a wealth of proven goaltenders available given that teams were required to expose at least one.

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Still, this expansion draft is unique, much anticipated and finally here so let's get ready for it all the same.

San Jose has two notable veteran free agents in Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau. (Thornton and Marleau) have choices. Considering the stakes ahead for the Golden Knights and the Blues, there are five likely victims whose hockey careers may continue away from the Gateway City as soon as this week.

They are the only team that has the ability to sign an unprotected unrestricted or restricted free agent until 7:59 a.m. Wednesday.

Some reports have trickled out, and there have been musings from well-connected media members that Vegas may already have as many as three first-round picks in its back pocket. Their decision hasn't been finalized, but it could come down to which players fit better into the chemistry of the team. They've hired a head coach, Gerard Gallant.

McPhee held court Sunday in Sin City, hours after the expansion draft protection lists for all 30 clubs were publicly revealed, and said there were "no surprises" in what has been made available to the Golden Knights. The downside to using this format is exposing Derek Forbort and Kyle Clifford to the Knights for the taking.

Deadlines to keep in mind were Friday evening's last call for players to waive no-movement clauses, followed by Saturday's 3 p.m. roster freeze for all teams other than Vegas.