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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

 

 

 

 

 

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