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The Expansion Draft

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

NHL Standings

TEAMGPRECPTS
Atlantic Division Leaders:
Z8254-23-5113
X8250-20-12112
X8249-26-7105
Metropolitan Division Leaders:
Y8249-26-7105
X8247-29-6100
X8242-26-1498
Wild Card leaders:
X8245-30-797
X8244-29-997
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8244-30-896
8236-35-1183
8235-37-1080
8234-39-977
8230-39-1373
8229-40-1371
8228-43-1167
8225-45-1262
TEAMGPRECPTS
Central Division Leaders:
P8253-18-11117
X8252-20-10114
X8245-26-11101
Pacific Division Leaders:
Y8251-24-7109
X8244-25-13101
X8245-27-10100
Wild Card leaders:
X8245-29-898
X8243-30-995
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8244-32-694
8242-32-892
8237-35-1084
8236-40-678
8233-39-1076
8231-40-1173
8229-41-1270
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