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The Las Vegas Golden Knights will start their franchise in the 2017-18 season.

So how does it all work?

THE EXPANSION DRAFT

The Golden Knights will have their own expansion draft on June 18-20, with selections announced on the 21st. They will be selecting one (and only one) player from each of the current 30 NHL teams. The official unveiling will be televised on June 21.

PROTECTED PLAYERS

Las Vegas won’t be able to just choose superstars as teams are able to protect some of their players. Every NHL team must submit a list of protected players by June 17. Those lists must consist of either:

  • 7 forwards, 3 defenesmen and 1 goalie
  • 8 skaters (forward/defenseman) and 1 goalie

All first- and second-year professionals, as well as all unsigned draft choices, will be exempt from selection (and will not be counted toward their club’s applicable protection limits). For Buffalo, this include players like Jack Eichel, Sam Reinhart and Alexander Nylander, to name a few.

Teams must submit their official list of protected players by 5 p.m. EST on June 17.

NHL ENTRY DRAFT

The Golden Knights will also be involved in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft on June 23-24.

They will have the same odds of winning the lottery as the team that finishes with the third fewest points in the 2016–17 NHL season. Las Vegas will pick no lower than sixth overall in the first round, and will select third in each subsequent round of this draft.

FUTURE SCHEDULE

Las Vegas will be added to the Pacific Division, meaning Buffalo will play them twice every season. The Golden Knights will play at KeyBank Center once, and the Sabres will make a trip to T-Mobile Arena. Keep in mind that the away game will likely be a late start time for fans on the East coast.

SIMULATIONS

There are a couple of tools out there that can help you get an idea of which players will be available for Las Vegas to choose from. Use the links below to test out some scenarios.

Plan my team: http://planmyteam.com/NHL

Protect players: https://www.capfriendly.com/expansion-draft

Latest transactions:

Date
Player
Pos
Move
1/19Nicholas BaptisteRW
1/17Casey NelsonD
1/12Linus UllmarkG
1/12Brendan GuhleD
1/10Jacob JosefsonC

NHL Standings

DIVTEAMGPRECPTS
Atlantic Division Leaders:
A4531-11-365
A4426-10-860
A4725-17-555
Metropolitan Division Leaders:
M4628-14-460
M4424-12-856
M4726-18-355
Wild Card leaders:
M4624-17-553
M4825-20-353
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M4521-16-850
M4723-20-450
M4520-17-848
A4418-19-743
A4318-19-642
A4518-21-642
A4315-19-939
A4511-25-931
DIVTEAMGPRECPTS
Central Division Leaders:
C4427-11-660
C4626-13-759
C4828-17-359
Pacific Division Leaders:
P4530-11-464
P4424-14-654
P4525-16-454
Wild Card leaders:
C4726-17-456
C4425-16-353
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P4624-17-553
C4624-17-553
P4722-16-953
C4522-17-650
P4620-23-343
P4518-21-642
P4710-28-929