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Mock NHL Expansion Draft – Edition II (Vegas Golden Knights) 

Mock Vegas Golden Knights Expansion Draft: Edition 2

Keep in mind that a lot can change in the upcoming months with trades and signings. For the purpose of this, 2017 unrestricted free agents were left off from the protection lists. All notable ones are listed at the end of the article. 

The Anaheim Ducks protect: 

 

7 forwards: Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Kesler, Rickard Rakell, Jakob Silfverberg, Andrew Cogliano, Nick Sorensen

3 defensemen: Hampus Lindholm, Cam Fowler, Josh Manson

1 goalie: John Gibson

 

Expansion requirements:

4/2 required exposure forwards

1/1 required exposure defensemen

1/1 required exposure goalie

 

Projection: Anaheim will buy out Kevin Bieksa, who currently has a no-movement clause. They will also trade Sami Vatanen before the draft. 

 

Las Vegas selects Nicolas Kerdiles (F). 

 

The Arizona Coyotes protect: 

 

4 forwards: Jamie McGinn, Tobias Rieder, Anthony Duclair, Jordan Martinook

4 defensemen: Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Alex Goligoski, Connor Murphy, Luke Schenn

1 goalie: Mike Smith

 

Expansion requirements:

1/2 required exposure forwards

1/1 required exposure defensemen

2/1 required exposure goalies

 

The Coyotes will have to trade for or sign a forward to fulfill expansion requirements or potentially leave Jamie McGinn or Tobias Rieder for taking.

 

Las Vegas selects Teemu Pulkkinen (F).

 

The Boston Bruins protect: 

 

7 forwards: David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron, David Backes, Brad Marchand, Ryan Spooner, David Pastrnak, Riley Nash

3 defensemen: Zdeno Chara, Colin Miller, Torey Krug

1 goalie: Tuukka Rask

 

Expansion requirements:

2/2 required exposure forwards

2/1 required exposure defensemen

2/1 required exposure goalies

 

Las Vegas selects Malcolm Subban (G). 

 

The Buffalo Sabres protect: 

 

7 forwards: Ryan O’Reilly, Kyle Okposo, Evander Kane, William Carrier, Zegmus Girgensons, Johan Larsson, Marcus Foligno

3 defensemen: Rasmus Ristolainen, Zach Bogosian, Jake McCabe

1 goalie: Robin Lehner

 

Expansion requirements:

3/2 required exposure forwards

2/1 required exposure defensemen

1/1 required exposure goalies

 

Las Vegas selects Linus Ullmark (G).

 

The Calgary Flames protect:

 

7 forwards: Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, Troy Brouwer, Michael Frolik, Mikael Backlund, Curtis Lazar, Sam Bennett

3 defensemen: Mark Giordano, Dougie Hamilton, TJ Brodie

1 goalie: Brian Elliott or Chad Johnson (whoever is signed)

 

Expansion requirements:

2/2 required exposure forwards

1/1 required exposure defensemen

1/1 required exposure goalies

 

Las Vegas selects Emile Poirier (F).

 

The Carolina Hurricanes protect:

 

7 forwards: Jordan Staal, Jeff Skinner, Victor Rask, Elias Lindholm, Brock McGinn, Teuvo Teravainen, Phillip Di Giuseppe

3 defensemen: Justin Faulk, Klas Dahlbeck, Trevor Carrick

1 goalie: Cam Ward

 

Expansion requirements:

2/2 required exposure forwards

0/1 required exposure defensemen

2/1 required exposure goalies

 

The Hurricanes will have to trade for or sign a defensemen to fulfill expansion requirements or potentially leave multiple players for taking. Or, Ryan Murphy needs to play in 18 more games this season. 

 

Las Vegas selects Joakim Nordstrom (F). 

 

The Chicago Blackhawks protect:

 

7 forwards: Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, Marcus Kruger, Artem Anisimov, Richard Panik, Ryan Hartman

3 defensemen: Nick Hjalmarsson, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook

1 goalie: Corey Crawford

 

Expansion requirements:

1/2 required exposure forwards

2/1 required exposure defensemen

1/1 required exposure goalies

 

The Blackhawks will have to trade for or sign a forward to fulfill expansion requirements or potentially leave multiple players for taking. 

 

Las Vegas selects: Trevor van Riemsdyk (D).

 

The Colorado Avalanche protect: 

 

4 forwards: Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon, Matt Duchene, Matt Nieto

4 defensemen: Tyson Barrie, Francois Beauchemin, Nikita Zadorov, Erik Johnson

1 goalie: Calvin Pickard

 

Expansion requirements:

3/2 required exposure forwards

1/1 required exposure defensemen

1/1 required exposure goalies

 

Las Vegas selects Carl Soderberg (F). 

 

The Columbus Blue Jackets protect

 

7 forwards: Brandon Saad, Brandon Dubinsky, Nick Foligno, Josh Anderson, Cam Atkinson, Boone Jenner, Alex Wennberg

3 defensemen: Seth Jones, David Savard, Ryan Murray

1 goalie: Sergei Bobrovsky

 

Expansion requirements:

3/2 required exposure forwards

2/1 required exposure defensemen

3/1 required exposure goalies

 

Projection: Columbus will buy out or trade Scott Hartnell, who currently has a no-movement clause.  
Las Vegas selects William Karlsson (F). 

 

The Dallas Stars protect: 

 

7 forwards: Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, Antoine Roussel, Jason Spezza, Cody Eakin, Radek Faksa, Brett Ritchie

3 defensemen: John Klingberg, Stephen Johns, Esa Lindell

1 goalie: Kari Lehtonen

 

Expansion requirements:

0/2 required exposure forwards

1/1 required exposure defensemen

3/1 required exposure goalies

 

The Stars have to trade for or sign two forwards to fulfill exposure requirements or potentially leave protected forward(s) for taking.

 

Las Vegas selects Jamie Oleksiak (D). 

 

The Detroit Red Wings protect: 

 

7 forwards: Henrik Zetterberg, Frans Nielsen, Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Anthony Mantha, Justin Abdelkader, Andreas Athanasiou

3 defensemen: Niklas Kronwall, Danny DeKeyser, Mike Green

1 goalie: Petr Mrazek

 

Expansion requirements:

3/2 required exposure forwards

3/1 required exposure defensemen

2/1 required exposure goalies

 

Las Vegas selects Riley Sheehan (F). 

 

The Edmonton Oilers protect:

 

4 forwards: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Leon Draisaitl, Jordan Eberle, Milan Lucic, Mark Letestu, Zack Kassian, Patrick Maroon

3 defensemen: Andrej Sekera, Adam Larsson, Oscar Klefbom

1 goalie: Cam Talbot

 

Expansion requirements:

1/2 required exposure forwards

1/1 required exposure defensemen

1/1 required exposure goalies
The Oilers will have to trade for or sign a forward to fulfill expansion requirements or potentially leave multiple players for taking. 

 

Las Vegas selects Griffin Reinhart (D). 

 

The Florida Panthers protect: 

 

7 forwards: Aleksander Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau, Vincent Trochek, Nick Bjugstad, Derek MacKenzie, Reilly Smith, Jonathan Marchessault

3 defensemen: Aaron Ekblad, Mark Pysyk, Keith Yandle

1 goalie: Roberto Luongo

 

Expansion requirements:

2/2 required exposure forwards

1/1 required exposure defensemen

2/1 required exposure goalies

 

Las Vegas selects James Reimer (G). 

 

The Los Angeles Kings protect: 

 

4 forwards: Anze Kopitar, Tanner Pearson, Tyler Toffoli, Jeff Carter

4 defensemen: Drew Doughty, Jake Muzzin, Alec Martinez, Brayden McNabb

1 goalie: Jonathan Quick

 

Expansion requirements:

6/2 required exposure forwards

1/1 required exposure defensemen

2/1 required exposure goalies

 

Las Vegas selects Nick Shore (F).

 

The Minnesota Wild protect:

 

7 forwards: Mikko Koivu, Zach Parise, Jason Pomminville, Charlie Coyle, Mikael Granlund, Jason Zucker, Nino Niederreiter

3 defensemen: Jonas Brodin, Ryan Suter, Matt Dumba

1 goalie: Devan Dubnyk 
Expansion requirements:

3/2 required exposure forwards

2/1 required exposure defensemen

1/1 required exposure goalies

 

Las Vegas selects: Marco Scandella (D).

 

The Montreal Canadiens protect

 

7 forwards: Max Pacioretty, Charles Hudon, Andrew Shaw, Brendan Gallagher, Alex Galchenyuk, Jacob De La Rose, Phillip Danault

3 defensemen: Shea Weber, Jeff Petry, Nathan Beaulieu

1 goalie: Carey Price

 

Expansion requirements:

4/2 required exposure forwards

3/1 required exposure defensemen

1/1 required exposure goalies

 

Las Vegas selects Brandon Davidson (D). 

 

The Nashville Predators protect: 

 

4 forwards: Ryan Johansen, James Neal, Viktor Arvidsson, Fillip Forsberg

4 defensemen: PK Subban, Ryan Ellis, Roman Josi, Matthias Ekholm

1 goalie: Pekka Rinne

 

Expansion requirements:

6/2 required exposure forwards

1/1 required exposure defensemen

1/1 required exposure goalies
Las Vegas selects Calle Jarnkrok (F).

 

The New Jersey Devils protect:

 

7 forwards: Adam Henrique, Taylor Hall, Kyle Palmieri, Devante Smith-Pelly, Travis Zajac, Stefan Noesen, Mike Cammalleri

3 defensemen: Andy Greene, Damon Severson, John Moore

1 goalie: Cory Schneider

 

Expansion requirements:

0/2 required exposure forwards

1/1 required exposure defensemen

1/1 required exposure goalies

 

The Devils will have to trade for or sign rwo forwards to fulfill expansion requirements or potentially leave multiple players for taking. 
Las Vegas selects Jon Merrill (D).

 

The New York Islanders protect: 

 

4 forwards: John Tavares, Andrew Ladd, Anders Lee, Ryan Strome

4 defensemen: Nick Leddy, Johnny Boychuk, Travis Hamonic, Ryan Pulock

1 goalie: Thomas Greiss

 

Expansion requirements:

8/2 required exposure forwards

1/1 required exposure defensemen

3/1 required exposure goalies

 

Las Vegas selects Brock Nelson (F).

 

The New York Rangers protect: 

 

7 forwards: Rick Nash, Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, Mika Zibanejad, Mats Zuccarello, JT Miller, Kevin Hayes

3 defensemen: Daniel Girardi, Marc Staal, Ryan McDonagh

1 goalie: Henrik Lundqvist

 

Expansion requirements:

1/2 required exposure forwards

2/1 required exposure defensemen

3/1 required exposure goalies

 

The Rangers will have to trade for or sign a forward to reach exposure requirements or potentially leave a protected forward for the taking. 

 

Las Vegas selects Jesper Fast (F).

 

The Ottawa Senators protect: 

 

4 forwards: Mike Hoffman, Mark Stone, Kyle Turris, Derrick Brassard

4 defensemen: Dion Phaneuf, Erik Karlsson, Cody Ceci, Marc Methot

1 goalie: Craig Anderson

 

Expansion requirements:

3/2 required exposure forwards

3/1 required exposure defensemen

2/1 required exposure goalies
Las Vegas selects Jean-Gabriel Pageau (F).

 

The Philadelphia Flyers protect: 

 

7 forwards: Claude Giroux, Jake Voracek, Brayden Schenn, Sean Couturier, Scott Laughton, Valtteri Filppula, Wayne Simmonds

3 defensemen: Shayne Gostisbehere, Brandon Manning, Radko Gudas

1 goalie: Michal Neuvirth 

 

Expansion requirements:

4/2 required exposure forwards

1/1 required exposure defensemen

1/1 required exposure goalies

 

Las Vegas selects Michael Raffl (F).

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins protect:

 

4 forwards: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Patric Hornqvist, Phil Kessel, Carl Hagelin, Tom Kunhackl, Bryan Rust

3 defensemen: Kris Letang, Olli Maatta, Justin Schultz 

1 goalie: Matt Murray

 

Expansion requirements:

1/2 required exposure forwards

1/1 required exposure defensemen

0/1 required exposure goalies
The Penguins will have to trade for or sign a forward to reach exposure requirements or potentially leave a protected forward for the taking. They will have to do the same with a goalie if Fleury is traded or bought out. 

 

Projection: Pittsburgh will buy out or trade Marc-Andre Fleury, who currently has a no-movement clause.  

 Las Vegas selects Brian Dumoulin (D). 

The San Jose Sharks protect: 

 

7 forwards: Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture, Chris Tierney, Tomas Hertl, Joel Ward, Jannik Hansen, Mikkel Boedker

3 defensemen: Brett Burns, Marc-Eduard Vlasic, Justin Braun

1 goalie: Martin Jones

 

Expansion requirements:

1/2 required exposure forwards

3/1 required exposure defensemen

1/1 required exposure goalies

 

The Sharks will have to trade for or sign a forward to fulfill exposure requirements or potentially leave a protected forward for the taking.

 

Las Vegas selects Melker Karlsson (F).

 

The St. Louis Blues protect: 

 

7 forwards: Vladimir Tarasenko, Alex Steen, Paul Stastny, Jaden Schwartz, Nail Yakupov, Patrick Berglund, David Perron

3 defensemen: Alex Pietrangelo, Jay Bouwmeester, Joel Edmundson

1 goalie: Jake Allen

 

Expansion requirements:

4/2 required exposure forwards

2/1 required exposure defensemen

2/1 required exposure goalies

 

Las Vegas selects Ty Rattie (F).

 

The Tampa Bay Lightning protect:

 

7 forwards: Steven Stamkos, Ryan Callahan, Alex Killorn, Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat, Jonathan Drouin, Nikita Kucherov

3 defensemen: Victor Hedman, Anton Stralman, Slater Koekkoek

1 goalie: Andrei Vasilevskiy

 

Expansion requirements:

4/2 required exposure forwards

2/1 required exposure defensemen

1/1 required exposure goalies

 

Las Vegas selects Vlad Namestnikov (F).

 

The Toronto Maple Leafs protect: 

 

7 forwards: Nazem Kadri, James van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak, Leo Komarov, Kerby Rychel, Connor Brown, Josh Leivo

3 defensemen: Morgan Rielly, Jake Gardiner, Connor Carrick

1 goalie: Freddie Andersen

 

Expansion requirements:

2/2 required exposure forwards

1/1 required exposure defensemen

2/1 required exposure goalies

 

Las Vegas selects Alexey Marchenko (D).

 

The Vancouver Canucks protect:

 

7 forwards: Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Loui Eriksson, Brandon Sutter, Markus Granlund, Sven Baertschi, Bo Horvat

3 defensemen: Erik Gudbranson, Alex Edler, Chris Tanev

1 goalie: Jacob Markstrom

 

Expansion requirements:

1/2 required exposure forwards

2/1 required exposure defensemen

1/1 required exposure goalies
The Canucks will have to trade for or sign a forward to reach exposure requirements or potentially leave a protected forward for the taking. 

 

Las Vegas selects Andrey Pedan (D). 

 

The Washington Capitals protect:

 

7 forwards: Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Marcus Johansson, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Jay Beagle, Tom Wilson, Andre Burakovsky

3 defensemen: John Carlson, Dmitry Orlov, Matt Niskanen

1 goalie: Braden Holtby

 

Expansion requirements:

1/2 required exposure forwards

1/1 required exposure defensemen

1/1 required exposure goalies

 

The Capitals will have to trade for or sign a forward to reach exposure requirements or potentially leave a protected forward for the taking. 
Las Vegas selects Philipp Grubauer (G). 

 

The Winnipeg Jets protect:

 

7 forwards: Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele, Bryan Little, Matt Perreault, Adam Lowry, Marko Dano, Joel Armia

3 defensemen: Dustin Byfuglien, Jacob Trouba, Tyler Myers

1 goalie: Connor Hellebuyck

 

Expansion requirements:

1/2 required exposure forwards

1/1 required exposure defensemen

1/1 required exposure goalies

 

The Jets will have to trade for or sign a forward to reach exposure requirements or potentially leave a protected forward for the taking. 
Projection: Winnipeg will buy out or trade Tobias Enstrom, who currently has a no-movement clause.  
Las Vegas selects Spencer Komachuk (F).

 

LAS VEGAS LINEUP: 

 

Brock Nelson – J-G Pageau – Calle Jarnkrok

Michael Raffl – Carl Soderberg – Jesper Fast

Vlad Namestnikov – Will Karlsson – Melker Karlsson 

Joakim Nordstrom – Riley Sheehan – Nick Shore 

 

Extras: Nicolas Kerdiles, Teemu Pulkkinen, Emile Poirier, Ty Rattie, Spencer Komachuk

 

Marco Scandella – Trevor van Riemsdyk

Brian Dumoulin – Brandon Davidson

Jamie Oleksiak – Alexey Marchenko 

 

Extras: Griffin Reinhart, Jon Merrill, Andrey Pedan 

 
#1: James Reimer 

#2: Philipp Grubauer 

Extras: Malcolm Subban, Linus Ullmark 

Minimum cap hit is reached. 

Notable 2017 UFAs excluded from protection lists:
Anaheim – Patrick Eaves

Arizona – Shane Doan, Radim Vrbata

Boston – none

Buffalo – Brian Gionta, Dmitry Kulikov, Cody Franson

Calgary – Kris Versteeg, Michael Stone, Dennis Wideman

Carolina – none

Chicago – Johnny Oduya, Brian Campbell

Colorado – Fedor Tyutin

Columbus – Kyle Quincey

Dallas – Patrick Sharp, Jiri Hudler

Detroit – none

Edmonton – David Desharnais, Kris Russell

Florida – Jaromir Jagr, Thomas Vanek

Los Angeles – Jarome Iginla, Ben Bishop

Minnesota – Martin Hanzal

Montreal – Alex Radulov, Dwight King, Andrei Markov

Nashville – Mike Fisher, P-A Parenteau

New Jersey – none

Islanders – Dennis Seidenberg

Rangers – Brendan Smith 

Ottawa – Viktor Stalberg

Philadelphia – Michael Del Zotto, Steve Mason

Pittsburgh – Chris Kunitz, Nick Bonnino, Trevor Daley, Mark Streit

San Jose – Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau

St. Louis – none

Tampa Bay – none

Toronto – Roman Polak

Vancouver – Anton Rodin

Washington – T.J. Oshie, Karl Alzner, Justin Williams, Kevin Shattenkirk 

Winnipeg – Ondrej Pavelec 

 

 

-Kevin, @TheNHLFiles

 

 

 

 

 

Three surprising players that could be traded in the next few months 

In less than six months, the entire shape of the NHL will be shifted. 

By that time, four major events will have passed: the trade deadline, the entry draft, free agency, and — most importantly — the expansion draft. 

The expansion draft is going to have huge ramifications on trades. In fact, it already has. Trades are at an all time low currently in the league, with no general manager moving a muscle due to the uncertainty ahead. 

As the days grow closer to March and then eventually June, trade chatter will be rampant. Due to protection lists being so limited this time around, some unusual names may pop up in trade rumors, including the following three. 

Brent Seabrook, D, Chicago Blackhawks 

The Blackhawks signed Seabrook to a massive eight year contract not too long ago. The deal carries a $6.875 million cap hit until the defenseman is 39 years old. 

There is a huge risk taken when signing a player, especially a defenseman, to a large contract that takes him that late in his career. Seabrook’s play is already declining which isn’t a good look for Chicago in the first year. 

You have to wonder if Stan Bowman will gauge the market on this one. It frees up a lot of cap space for the team (potentially for Panarin in two years), as well as gives young players such as Ville Pokka, Trevor van Riemsdyk, and Gustav Forsling a chance at more minutes. 

Trading Seabrook would also allow the Blackhawks to protect one of Pokka, the main piece in the Nick Leddy trade, or van Riemsdyk from Las Vegas. 

One hitch, however, is that Seabrook has a full no movement clause. The fit would have to be prefect for the team acquiring him as well as the player. 

Stan Bowman would be wise to try to find a way to wiggle out of this deal before it is too late. Seabrook still has value in the league, but there is no saying how long that will last for due to his play style. 

Nate Schmidt, D, Washington Capitals 

Schmidt had an impressive first full year with Washington last season, boasting two goals and 16 points in 72 games. The smooth skating defenseman proved to be a reliable asset in both ends of the rink for the team. 

This season, though, hasn’t been as great. Schmidt has found himself in Barry Trotz’s doghouse, being a healthy scratch on numerous occasions. 

With the Capitals likely protecting John Carlson, Matt Niskanen, and Dmitri Orlov, Nate Schmidt would be exposed to Las Vegas. As a 25 year old defender, that could be very enticing for former Capitals general manager George McPhee. 

Although his value may not be overly high, Schmidt would be a good acquisition for many teams. He has all the fundamental characteristics of being a good top-four NHL player, including being a good skater and having good instincts. 

This’ll be an interesting one to keep an eye on. If Alzner is re-signed, Orlov will be as well. 

Andreas Athanasiou, C, Detroit Red Wings

 
Like Schmidt, this is another player who had an impressive season last year but has seemingly fallen out of favor with his current club. 

Athanasiou is one of the quickest players in the league and has amazing hands to go along with that. He is routinely scoring highlight level goals, albeit being a little streaky at times. 

With the emergence of Anthony Mantha, the Red Wings have a glut of forwards to be protected for the expansion draft. Zetterberg, Nielsen, Tatar, Nyquist, Mantha, Abdelkader make up for six of the seven spots.

It’s entirely possible that Athanasiou could be the seventh player protected, but you cannot rule a trade out of the picture. Despite his tendencies to disappear at times, there would be a boatload of teams interested in Athanasiou’s services. 

Riley Sheehan would be another name to keep an eye on depending how things progress. 

-Kevin, @TheNHLFiles 

The first instances of expansion prep came this week via Montreal and Anaheim 

The expansion draft is looming. Teams have been planning for this event below the surface for months, but now that we are within half a year of the actual event, more public moves are beginning to be made. 

Previous expansion teams, such as the Columbus Blue Jackets, Minnesota Wild, and Nashville Predators, among others, took a while before becoming competitive teams. The NHL has ensured this is not the case with Las Vegas. 

For this draft, each current NHL team is allowed to protect only one goaltender, plus seven forwards and three defensemen OR any combination of eight skaters. Essentially, each team is either losing a decent goalie, a top-four defender, or a top-nine forward. First and second year professionals are exempt. 

Due to these tight restrictions, which include games played exposure requirements, teams will be forced to make moves to ensure they get something back for unprotected players rather than potentially losing them for nothing. Trades are at a standstill for now, but these next few months are certainly going be a tricky, yet extremely exciting one for general managers and fans alike. 

A way NHL teams are trying to weasel around requirements is signing current players, primarily upcoming free agents, to new deals in order to expose them. 

The Canadiens and Ducks are the first instance of this. 

Montreal re-signed goalie Al Montoya to a two year contract extension earlier this week. By doing this, they can expose Montoya to Las Vegas in the draft as their goalie requirement. Before the signing, Montreal would have been required to expose Carey Price. 

The Ducks did the same with Dustin Tokaraki. He was signed to a one year deal in order to keep John Gibson safe. 

Now that it is January, there are going to be plenty more of these signings. Players reaching both restricted free agency and unrestricted free agency on July 1st are now eligible to be re-signed by their current clubs. 

As time goes on, and as the expansion draft gets closer, there is going to be a lot of maneuvering taking place in the NHL. This is only the tip of the iceberg. 

-Kevin, @TheNHLFiles

Mock NHL Expansion Draft (Nov. 2016)

The Anaheim Ducks protect: 

 

4 forwards: Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, Ryan Kesler, Rickard Rakell

4 defensemen: Hampus Lindholm, Sami Vatanen, Cam Fowler, Kevin Bieksa

1 goalie: John Gibson

 

Expansion requirements:

5/2 required exposure forwards

2/1 required exposure defensemen

0/1 required exposure goalie

 

The Ducks will have to trade for a goalie to fulfill expansion requirements or potentially leave John Gibson up for taking.

 

Las Vegas selects Josh Manson (D). 

 

The Arizona Coyotes protect: 

 

4 forwards: Jamie McGinn, Tobias Rieder, Anthony Duclair, Jordan Martinook

4 defensemen: Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Alex Goligoski, Connor Murphy, Michael Stone

1 goalie: Mike Smith

 

Expansion requirements:

1/2 required exposure forwards

2/1 required exposure defensemen

2/1 required exposure goalies

 

The Coyotes will have to trade for and forward to fulfill expansion requirements or potentially leave Jamie McGinn or Tobias Rieder for taking.

 

Las Vegas selects Kevin Connauton (D).

 

The Boston Bruins protect: 

 

7 forwards: David Krejci, David Backes, Patrice Bergeron, Matt Beleskey, David Pastrnak, Ryan Spooner, Brad Marchand

3 defensemen: Zdeno Chara, Colin Miller, Torey Krug

1 goalie: Tuukka Rask

 

Expansion requirements:

2/2 required exposure forwards

2/1 required exposure defensemen

2/1 required exposure goalies

 

Las Vegas selects Jimmy Hayes (F).

 

The Buffalo Sabres protect: 

 

7 forwards: Ryan O’Reilly, Kyle Okposo, Evander Kane, Tyler Ennis, Zegmus Girgensons, Johan Larsson, Marcus Foligno

3 defensemen: Rasmus Ristolainen, Zachary Bogosian, Jake McCabe

1 goalie: Robin Lehner

 

Expansion requirements:

2/2 required exposure forwards

1/1 required exposure defensemen

1/1 required exposure goalies

 

Las Vegas selects Linus Ullmark (G).

 

The Calgary Flames protect:

 

7 forwards: Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, Troy Brouwer, Michael Frolik, Mikael Backlund, Emile Poirier, Sam Bennett

3 defensemen: Mark Giordano, Dougie Hamilton, TJ Brodie

 

Expansion requirements:

2/2 required exposure forwards

0/1 required exposure defensemen

1/1 required exposure goalies

 

The Flames will have to trade for a defensemen to fufill expansion requirements or potentially leave TJ Brodie or Dougie Hamilton for taking.

 

Las Vegas selects Hunter Shinkaruk (F).

 

The Carolina Hurricanes protect:

 

7 forwards: Jordan Staal, Jeff Skinner, Victor Rask, Elias Lindholm, Lee Stempniak, Teuvo Teravainen, Phillip Di Giuseppe

3 defensemen: Justin Faulk, Ryan Murphy, Keegan Lowe

1 goalie: Eddie Lack

 

Expansion requirements:

1/2 required exposure forwards

0/1 required exposure defensemen

2/1 required exposure goalies

 

The Hurricanes will have to trade for a forward and defensemen to fulfill expansion requirements or potentially leave multiple players for taking.

 

Las Vegas selects Klas Dahlbeck (D).

 

The Chicago Blackhawks protect:

 

7 forwards: Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, Marcus Kruger, Artem Anisimov, Richard Panik, Ryan Hartman

3 defensemen: Nick Hjalmarsson, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook

1 goalie: Corey Crawford

 

Expansion requirements:

0/2 required exposure forwards

1/1 required exposure defensemen

1/1 required exposure goalies

 

The Blackhawks will have to trade for two forwards to fulfill expansion requirements or potentially leave multiple players for taking.

 

Las Vegas selects: Trevor van Riemsdyk (D).

 

The Colorado Avalanche protect: 

 

4 forwards: Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon, Matt Duchene, Carl Soderberg

4 defensemen: Tyson Barrie, Francois Beauchemin, Nikita Zadorov, Erik Johnson

1 goalie: Calvin Pickard

 

Expansion requirements:

3/2 required exposure forwards

0/1 required exposure defensemen

1/1 required exposure goalies

 

The Avalanche will have to trade for a defensemen or leave one unprotected and keep seven forwards instead to fulfill exposure requirements.

 

Las Vegas selects Semyon Varlamov (G).

 

The Columbus Blue Jackets protect: 

 

7 forwards: Brandon Saad, Brandon Dubinsky, Nick Foligno, Scott Hartnell, Cam Atkinson, Boone Jenner, Alex Wennberg

3 defensemen: Seth Jones, David Savard, Ryan Murray

1 goalie: Sergei Bobrovsky

 

Expansion requirements:

2/2 required exposure forwards

2/1 required exposure defensemen

3/1 required exposure goalies

 

Las Vegas selects Joonas Korpisalo (G).

 

The Dallas Stars protect: 

 

7 forwards: Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, Patrick Sharp, Jason Spezza, Cody Eakin, Radek Faksa, Brett Ritchie

3 defensemen: John Klingberg, Daniel Hamhuis, Esa Lindell

1 goalie: Kari Lehtonen

 

Expansion requirements:

1/2 required exposure forwards

2/1 required exposure defensemen

3/1 required exposure goalies

 

The Stars have to trade for a forward to fulfill exposure requirements or potentially leave a protected forward for taking.

 

Las Vegas selects Antoine Roussel (F).

 

The Detroit Red Wings protect: 

 

7 forwards: Henrik Zetterberg, Frans Nielsen, Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Riley Sheehan, Justin Abdelkader, Andreas Athanasiou

3 defensemen: Niklas Kronwall, Xavier Ouelette, Alexey Marchenko

1 goalie: Petr Mrazek

 

Expansion requirements:

3/2 required exposure forwards

3/1 required exposure defensemen

2/1 required exposure goalies

 

Las Vegas selects Darren Helm (F).

 

The Edmonton Oilers protect:

 

4 forwards: Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Leon Draisaitl, Jordan Eberle, Milan Lucic

4 defensemen: Andrej Sekera, Brandon Davidson, Adam Larsson, Oscar Klefbom

1 goalie: Cam Talbot

 

Expansion requirements:

3/2 required exposure forwards

1/1 required exposure defensemen

1/1 required exposure goalies

 

Las Vegas selects Patrick Maroon (F).

 

The Florida Panthers protect: 

 

7 forwards: Aleksander Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau, Vincent Trochek, Nick Bjugstad, Jussi Jokinen, Reilly Smith, Jonathan Marchessault

3 defensemen: Aaron Ekblad, Mark Pysyk, Keith Yandle

1 goalie: Roberto Luongo

 

Expansion requirements:

3/2 required exposure forwards

1/1 required exposure defensemen

2/1 required exposure goalies

 

Las Vegas selects Jason Demers (D).

 

The Los Angeles Kings protect: 

 

4 forwards: Anne Kopitar, Tanner Pearson, Tyler Toffoli, Jeff Carter

4 defensemen: Drew Doughty, Jake Muzzin, Alec Martinez, Brayden McNabb

1 goalie: Jonathan Quick

 

Expansion requirements:

5/2 required exposure forwards

1/1 required exposure defensemen

2/1 required exposure goalies

 

Las Vegas selects Nick Shore (F).

 

The Minnesota Wild protect:

 

7 forwards: Mikko Koivu, Zach Parise, Erik Haula, Charlie Coyle, Mikael Granlund, Jason Zucker, Nino Niederreiter

3 defensemen: Jonas Brodin, Ryan Suter, Matt Dumba

 

Expansion requirements:

2/2 required exposure forwards

2/1 required exposure defensemen

0/1 required exposure goalies

 

The Wild will have to trade for a goalie to fulfill exposure requirements or potentially leave Devan Dubnyk for taking.

 

Las Vegas selects: Marco Scandella (D).

 

The Montreal Canadiens protect: 

 

7 forwards: Max Pacioretty, Tomas Plekanec, Andrew Shaw, Brendan Gallagher, Alex Galchenyuk, Jacob De La Rose, Phillip Danault

3 defensemen: Shea Weber, Jeff Petry, Nathan Beaulieu

1 goalie: Carey Price

 

Expansion requirements:

2/2 required exposure forwards

2/1 required exposure defensemen

0/1 required exposure goalies

 

The Canadiens will have to trade for a goalie to fulfill exposure requirement or potentially leave Carey Price for the taking.

 

Las Vegas selects Dalton Thrower (D).

 

The Nashville Predators protect: 

 

4 forwards: Ryan Johansen, James Neal, Calle Jarnkrok, Fillip Forsberg

4 defensemen: PK Subban, Ryan Ellis, Roman Josi, Matthias Ekholm

1 goalie: Pekka Rinne

 

Expansion requirements:

4/2 required exposure forwards

1/1 required exposure defensemen

1/1 required exposure goalies

 

Anthony Bitetto needs to play 27 more games to fulfill defensive exposure requirement.

 

Las Vegas selects Craig Smith (F).

 

The New Jersey Devils protect:

 

7 forwards: Adam Henrique, Taylor Hall, Kyle Palmieri, Devante Smith-Pelly, Travis Zajac, Beau Bennett, Reid Boucher

3 defensemen: Andy Greene, Damon Severson, John Moore

1 goalie: Cory Schneider

 

Expansion requirements:

2/2 required exposure forwards

1/1 required exposure defensemen

1/1 required exposure goalies

 

Las Vegas selects Jon Merrill (D).

 

The New York Islanders protect: 

 

4 forwards: John Tavares, Andrew Ladd, Casey Cizikas, Ryan Strome

4 defensemen: Nick Leddy, Johnny Boychuk, Travis Hamonic, Ryan Pulock

1 goalie: Jaroslav Halak

 

Expansion requirements:

7/2 required exposure forwards

1/1 required exposure defensemen

2/1 required exposure goalies

 

Las Vegas selects Brock Nelson (F).

 

The New York Rangers protect: 

 

7 forwards: Rick Nash, Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, Mika Zibanejad, Mats Zuccarello, JT Miller, Kevin Hayes

3 defensemen: Daniel Girardi, Marc Staal, Ryan McDonagh

1 goalie: Henrik Lundqvist

 

Expansion requirements:

1/2 required exposure forwards

2/1 required exposure defensemen

3/1 required exposure goalies

 

The Rangers will have to trade for a forward to reach exposure requirements or potentially leave a protected forward for the taking.

 

Las Vegas selects Jesper Fast (F).

 

The Ottawa Senators protect: 

 

7 forwards: Bobby Ryan, Kyle Turris, Mike Hoffman, Derrick Brassard, Mark Stone, J-G Pageau, Curtis Lazar

3 defensemen: Dion Phaneuf, Erik Karlsson, Cody Ceci

1 goalie: Craig Anderson

 

Expansion requirements:

0/2 required exposure forwards

3/1 required exposure defensemen

2/1 required exposure goalies

 

The Senators will have to trade for two forwards to fulfill exposure requirements or potentially leave multiple protected players for taking.

 

Las Vegas selects Matt Puempel (F).

 

The Philadelphia Flyers protect: 

 

7 forwards: Claude Giroux, Jake Voracek, Brayden Schenn, Sean Couturier, Scott Laughton, Nick Cousins, Wayne Simmonds

3 defensemen: Shayne Gostisbehere, Michael Del Zotto, Radko Gudas

1 goalie: Steve Mason

 

Expansion requirements:

3/2 required exposure forwards

2/1 required exposure defensemen

1/1 required exposure goalies

 

Las Vegas selects Michael Raffl (F).

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins protect:

 

4 forwards: Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Patric Hornqvist, Phil Kessel

4 defensemen: Kris Letang, Olli Maatta, Brian Dumoulin, Derrick Pouliot

1 goalie: Matt Murray

 

Expansion requirements:

5/2 required exposure forwards

1/1 required exposure defensemen

0/1 required exposure goalies*

 

The situation with Marc-Andre Fleury is currently up in the air. His potential trade will heavily affect the expansion draft*

 

The San Jose Sharks protect: 

 

7 forwards: Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture, Mikkel Boedker, Chris Tierney, Tomas Hertl

3 defensemen: Brett Burns, Marc-Eduard Vlasic, Justin Braun

1 goalie: Martin Jones

 

Expansion requirements:

1/2 required exposure forwards

2/1 required exposure defensemen

1/1 required exposure goalies

 

The Sharks will have to trade for a forward to fulfill exposure requirements or potentially leave a protected forward for the taking.

 

Las Vegas selects Melker Karlsson (F).

 

The St. Louis Blues protect: 

 

7 forwards: Vladimir Tarasenko, Alex Steen, Paul Stastny, Jaden Schwartz, Nail Yakupov, Ty Rattie, Jori Lehtera

3 defensemen: Alex Pietrangelo, Jay Bouwmeester, Joel Edmundson

1 goalie: Jake Allen

 

Expansion requirements:

4/2 required exposure forwards

1/1 required exposure defensemen

3/1 required exposure goalies

 

Las Vegas selects Dimitrij Jaskin (F).

 

The Tampa Bay Lightning protect:

 

7 forwards: Steven Stamkos, Ryan Callahan, Val Fillpula, Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat, Jonathan Drouin, Nikita Kucherov

3 defensemen: Victor Hedman, Anton Stralman, Slater Koekkoek

1 goalie: Andrei Vasilevskiy

 

Expansion requirements:

4/2 required exposure forwards

1/1 required exposure defensemen

3/1 required exposure goalies

 

Las Vegas selects Vladimir Namestnikov (F).

 

The Toronto Maple Leafs protect: 

 

7 forwards: Nazem Kadri, James van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak, Leo Komarov, Kerby Rychel, Connor Brown, Brendan Leipsic

3 defensemen: Morgan Rielly, Jake Gardiner, Connor Carrick

1 goalie: Freddie Andersen

 

Expansion requirements:

1/2 required exposure forwards

1/1 required exposure defensemen

2/1 required exposure goalies

 

The Maple Leafs will have to trade for a forward to fulfill exposure requirements or potentially leave a protected forward for taking.

 

Las Vegas selects Victor Loov (D).

 

The Vancouver Canucks protect:

 

7 forwards: Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, Loui Eriksson, Brandon Sutter, Jannik Hansen, Sven Baertschi, Bo Horvat

3 defensemen: Erik Gudbranson, Alex Edler, Chris Tanev

1 goalie: Jacob Markstrom

 

Expansion requirements:

2/2 required exposure forwards

1/1 required exposure defensemen

1/1 required exposure goalies

 

Las Vegas selects Marcus Granlund (F).

 

The Washington Capitals protect:

 

7 forwards: Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Marcus Johansson, Evgeny Kuznetsov, TJ Oshie, Tom Wilson, Andre Burakovsky

3 defensemen: John Carlson, Dmitry Orlov, Matt Niskanen

1 goalie: Braden Holtby

 

Expansion requirements:

2/2 required exposure forwards

1/1 required exposure defensemen

1/1 required exposure goalies

 

Las Vegas selects Nate Schmidt (D).

 

The Winnipeg Jets protect:

 

7 forwards: Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele, Bryan Little, Matt Perreault, Adam Lowry, Marko Dano, Spencer Komaschuk

3 defensemen: Dustin Byfuglien, Tobias Enstrom, Tyler Myers*

1 goalie: Connor Hellebuyck

 

Depends on Jacob Trouba situation*

 

Expansion requirements:

2/2 required exposure forwards

1/1 required exposure defensemen

1/1 required exposure goalies

 

Las Vegas selects Joel Armia (F).

 

LAS VEGAS LINEUP: 

 

Carl Hagelin – Craig Smith – Jimmy Hayes

Darren Helm – Brock Nelson – Jesper Fast

Michael Raffl – Vlad Namestnikov – Patrick Maroon

Antoine Roussel – Melker Karlsson – Dimitrij Jaskin 

 

Extras: Matt Puempel, Hunter Shinkaruk, Marcus Granlund, Nick Shore, Joel Armia 

 

Marco Scandella – Jason Demers

Nate Schmidt – Trevor van Riemsdyk

Kevin Connauton – Josh Manson 

 

Extras: Klas Dahlbeck, Victor Loov, Jon Merrill, Dalton Thrower

 

#1: Semyon Varlamov

#2: Joonas Korpisalo

#3: Linus Ullmark 

 

-Kevin, @TheNHLFiles

 

 

 

 

 

No movement and no trade clauses will be expansion’s kryptonite 

The potential NHL expansion draft is rapidly approaching and a big factor for it has yet to be determined. No trade clauses and no movement causes have become far more prevalent in NHL contracts over the last half decade. They put the NHL and NHLPA in a tough situation regarding the use of the players who have them in the expansion draft.

Option #1: players with clauses cannot be taken in the draft, but do have to be protected by their team 

This means that anyone with a no movement or no trade clause (or whatever/whichever they decide) would be required to remain on their team at the expense of a protection spot being taken. This means that, for example, the Bruins would have to protect Zdeno Chara if he is still around. Also, the Penguins would be forced to protect Marc-Andre Fleury, meaning prized prospect Matt Murray would be available for the taking. Another example is Ryane Clowe, who technically has a no movement clause, as he is signed until the summer of 2018. Would New Jersey be forced to protect him?

I highly doubt teams want this option. Owners and management personnel do not like these clauses to begin with, so being stuck with them won’t be too appealing. 

Option #2: players with clauses cannot be taken in the draft, but do not have to be protected by their team 

This seems like a better option, but it still has it’s loopholes. For one, a team like Chicago for example, would not have to protect Hjalmarsson, Keith, Crawford, Toews, Kane, or Seabrook. Same thing with Crosby, Malkin, Kessel, Letang, and Fleury in Pittsburgh. This leaves those two teams eligible to protect more depth players, a luxury teams like Edmonton with only Sekera and Talbot and New York with only Boychuk would not get. 

The use of this tactic would also see the number of no movement clauses increase in the upcoming years since general managers and players alike will know that they won’t have to waste a protection spot on a player with said clause. 

Option #3: players with clauses are still eligible to be taken in the expansion draft 

The NHLPA and it’s player representatives will fight this one. It seems like the most reasonable option from a business and fairness standpoint, but a contractual agreement is a contractual agreement. This option would leave certain names like Dion Phaneuf, Joffrey Lupul, and Alex Burrows, to name a few, eligible to possibly be taken. 

There is no indication to believe that any expansion team would want these players, but it largely affects the teams these players currently play on. 

Nothing is written in stone, at least not yet. Gary Bettman, Donald Fehr, and the NHL brass will have a lot of thinking to do before they decide what to do about these clauses, albeit time is at a minimum. The decision they make will have gigantic implications on how the next few offseasons and the expansion draft itself play out. 

It’s an issue that needs to be sorted out sooner rather than later. 

-Kevin, @TheNHLFiles

A look into the Islanders and the potential expansion draft 

Although we do not know a date for certain, NHL expansion is right around the corner. With the system of protecting seven forwards, three defenseman, and one goalie or eight skaters and one goalie in place, teams will be faced with tough decisions to make. That includes the New York Islanders. As a young and upcoming team, they have plenty of good assets that they will have to risk losing. 

The expansion could happen before the 2017-2018 season, meaning professional (NHL and AHL) players who started their careers in 2015-2016 or 2016-2017 will be exempt. If the league decides to expand by two teams, each team will face potentially losing a maximum of one player. If it’s a one team expansion, teams lose a maximum of one player. Here is my outlook on the Isles expansion draft possibilities:

Protected forwards: John Tavares, Anders Lee, Frans Nielsen, Brock Nelson, Ryan Strome, Casey Cizikas, Cal Clutterbuck

A few players here, like John Tavares, Frans Nielsen, and Ryan Strome, are practically givens. Lee and Nelson are borderline, but both are good players that should be protected, granted they are on the team by the time 2017-2018 rolls around. The last two players may come as a surprise, but I believe Cizikas and Clutterbuck bring an essential element to the Islanders that they would miss severely if one or both of them were to be taken. Both players kill penalties and hit almost everything that moves, all while pitching in energy and offense. The Islanders rely heavily on both of these players. 

Notable unprotected: Nikolay Kulemin, Mikhail Grabovski, Matt Martin, Josh Bailey 

Josh Bailey is someone the Islanders will likely want to protect, but he may need to be sacrificed. He is the most likely to be taken in the draft out of the mentioned forwards. Matt Martin is the other third of the Islanders’ fourth line with Cizikas and Clutterbuck, but let’s be honest, is anyone really going to take him. Grabovski and Kulemin are unlikely to be taken, but they’ll be reaching the last year of their deals anyways. They were here to help win now and bridge the gap until Dal Colle, Barzal, and others were ready. 

Protected defensemen: Nick Leddy, Ryan Pulock, Calvin de Haan

These three players being taken is assuming Travis Hamonic gets his wish of being traded this offseason. Anyways, Leddy is the only for sure pick here. There is a zero percent chance he reaches the draft. Ryan Pulock will be available to be taken, and the Islanders have waited too long and have been too patient in developing him to see it all go to waste. Calvin de Haan, barring another disaster of a season like 2015-2016, should be protected in my eyes. 

Notable un-protected: Thomas Hickey, Johnny Boychuk, Adam Pelech

Boychuk and Pelech are tough pills to swallow. Pelech luckily may be overlooked for more established defensemen in the draft which would be fantastic for the Isles. He still has a good chance of being taken though as a young, reliable defenseman. Boychuk will be 33 years old, almost 34 by the time the expansion draft rolls around. He will also be heading into the third year of his massive seven year, six million per year deal. Boychuk will inevitably start to decline. I am positive the Islanders want to keep him, but will they risk losing a younger defenseman like Pulock or de Haan to keep him? Will an expansion team risk taking a declining defenseman with a huge contract despite him being a great leader? These are all questions the Islanders will have to answer. 

Granted, the Islanders could chose to protect Boychuk, Leddy, de Haan and Pulock, but would only be left with four selections at forward. 

Also noteworthy, Johnny Boychuk has a no-movement clause, and he is the only Islander to have one of those. It is still yet to be determined if he will even be able to be unprotected. 
Thomas Hickey, the other name on the list, is a good defender but not protection worthy. 

Protected goalie: Jaroslav Halak

Notable un-protected: Thomas Greiss

Despite Greiss playing so well this year, this should not come as a shock to anyone. There will be a contingent of fans wanting Greiss to be selected over Halak, but it’s not going to happen. Halak is entering the final year of his deal in 2017-2018. 

Notable players exempt: Michael Dal Colle, Josh Ho-Sang, Mat Barzal, Anthony Beauvillier, Parker Wotherspoon, Ilya Sorokin, Mitch Vande Somple

All of these players are still playing in juniors currently, so they’ll be exempt. This is fantastic news for the Islanders. 

The Islanders will face a lot of tough decisions when the day of reckoning for protecting players comes around. In all, I could see Bailey and one of Pelech or Boychuk being taken. It is what it is, and the Islanders will make out better than other teams like the Chicago Blackhawks or Washington Capitals will. 

A lot can change between now and the 2017 offseason. Until then, it’s all speculation. 

-Kevin, @TheNHLFiles