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Vegas expansion draft

The 2017 NHL Expansion Draft was an expansion draft conducted by the National Hockey League (NHL) on June 18–20, 2017 to fill the roster of the upcoming Vegas Golden Knights.

The team's selections were announced on June 21, 2017 during the NHL Awards ceremony at T-Mobile Arena.

BackgroundEdit

In the offseason before the 2015–16 NHL season, the league opened a window for ownership groups to bid for expansion teams for the first time since 2000.

Two ownership groups submitted bids to the league: one each from Las Vegas and Quebec City. If chosen, this would be the first major professional sports league to place a franchise in Las Vegas (not counting the city's short-lived and ill-fated football teams in the Canadian Football League and XFL, who played in 1994 and 2001 respectively), but the NHL has had a limited presence in the city with annual preseason games, beginning with an outdoor game in 1991 and the Frozen Fury series held each year since 1997.

Quebec City was previously home of the Quebec Nordiques, a team that had moved in 1995 and became the Colorado Avalanche; it has hosted occasional preseason games since that time and has constructed a new ice hockey arena to receive a potential NHL team.

Due to political delays, a bid was not submitted from Seattle despite the presence of three different ownership groups publicly campaigning to start an NHL team; a number of other potential expansion sites (such as Kansas City and Saskatchewan) declined to place bids because of cost concerns.

Las Vegas was approved for the 2016–17 NHL season on June 22, 2016; at the same time the Quebec City bid was deferred, largely because of concerns over the Canadian dollar's value and the geographic balance of the league's conferences.

RulesEdit

The initial proposal for rules for the draft were decided upon by the NHL in March 2016. They allow each team to either protect seven forwards, three defencemen and one goaltender or one goaltender and eight skaters regardless of position.

Because the NHL wants to ensure the competitive viability of any new teams, the number of protected players allowed are lower than in the 2000 NHL Expansion Draft which populated the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets when each team could protect nine forwards, five defencemen and one goalie or two goalies, three defencemen and seven forwards.

Under these rules, each of the 30 teams would lose one top-four defencemen or third-line forward per number of new teams.

Only players with more than two years of professional experience (NHL or AHL as defined in the collective bargaining agreement) will be included in the draft.

Teams must submit their list of protected players by June 17, 2017, and they must expose at least two forwards and one defenceman that have played at least 40 games in the 2016–17 season or more than 70 games in the 2015–16 and 2016–17 seasons combined and must still be contracted for the 2017–18 season.

The exposed goaltender must either be under contract for the 2017–18 season or will become a Restricted free agent in 2017. At least twenty of the thirty players selected by Vegas must be under contract for the 2017–18 season & they will be required to select a minimum of fourteen forwards, nine defencemen and three goaltenders.

Vegas will be granted a 48-hour window prior to the draft to sign any pending free agent (RFA or UFA, one per team) that was left unprotected. If a team loses a player to Vegas during this signing window they will not have a player selected from their roster during this draft.

Teams will be required to protect any contracted players with no move clauses (NMCs) with one of the team's slots for protected players, unless the contract expires on July 1, 2017 in which case the NMC would be considered void for the draft.

Players whose NMCs have limited no trade clauses must still be protected, and any players with NMCs would be able to waive the clause and become eligible for the expansion draft.

Any players picked by Vegas cannot be traded back to their former team before January 1, 2018, and any player picked in the expansion draft cannot have their contracts bought out until after the completion of the 2017–18 season. These rules were imposed to prevent existing teams coming to deals with the expansion team to take on sub-optimal contracts for their mutual benefit.

The expansion team is guaranteed the same odds in the draft lottery as third lowest finishing team from the 2016–17 NHL season for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft; after their first season the team will be subject to same draft lottery rules as the other teams in the league.

The NHL's deputy commissioner, Bill Daly, said that teams that do not follow the expansion draft rules would face penalties, including possibly the "loss of draft picks and/or players."

Protected PlayersEdit

The protected players' list was published on June 18, 2017. (Italics: Players protected for contractual reasons)

Eastern ConferenceEdit

Atlantic Division
Position Boston Buffalo Detroit Florida Montreal Ottawa Tampa Bay Toronto
Forwards David Backes Kyle Okposo Frans Nielsen Aleksander Barkov Paul Byron Derick Brassard Ryan Callahan Tyler Bozak
Patrice Bergeron Tyler Ennis Justin Abdelkader Nick Bjugstad Phillip Danault Ryan Dzingel Steven Stamkos Connor Brown
David Krejci Marcus Foligno Andreas Athanasiou Jonathan Huberdeau Jonathan Drouin Mike Hoffman Tyler Johnson Nazem Kadri
Brad Marchand Zemgus Girgensons Anthony Mantha Vincent Trocheck Alex Galchenyuk Jean-Gabriel Pageau Alex Killorn Leo Komarov
Riley Nash Evander Kane Gustav Nyquist Brendan Gallagher Zack Smith Nikita Kucherov Josh Leivo
David Pastrnak Johan Larsson Tomas Tatar Max Pacioretty Mark Stone Vladislav Namestnikov Matt Martin
Ryan Spooner Ryan O'Reilly Henrik Zetterberg Andrew Shaw Kyle Turris Ondrej Palat James van Riemsdyk
Defencemen Zdeno Chara Nathan Beaulieu Danny DeKeyser Keith Yandle Jeff Petry Dion Phaneuf Victor Hedman Connor Carrick
Torey Krug Jake McCabe Mike Green Aaron Ekblad Jordie Benn Cody Ceci Braydon Coburn Jake Gardiner
Kevan Miller Rasmus Ristolainen Nick Jensen Alex Petrovic Shea Weber Erik Karlsson Anton Stralman Morgan Rielly
Mark Pysyk
Goaltender Tuukka Rask Robin Lehner Jimmy Howard James Reimer Carey Price Craig Anderson Andrei Vasilevskiy Frederik Andersen
Metropolitan Division
Position Carolina Columbus New Jersey NY Islanders NY Rangers Philadelphia Pittsburgh Washington
Forwards Jordan Staal Brandon Dubinsky Taylor Hall Andrew Ladd Derek Stepan Claude Giroux Sidney Crosby Nicklas Backstrom
Phillip Di Giuseppe Nick Foligno Adam Henrique John Tavares Kevin Hayes Valtteri Filppula Phil Kessel Andre Burakovsky
Elias Lindholm Scott Hartnell Kyle Palmieri Anders Lee Chris Kreider Sean Couturier Evgeni Malkin Lars Eller
Brock McGinn Cam Atkinson Travis Zajac J.T. Miller Scott Laughton Patric Hornqvist Marcus Johansson
Victor Rask Boone Jenner Rick Nash Brayden Schenn Evgeny Kuznetsov
Jeff Skinner Brandon Saad Mika Zibanejad Wayne Simmonds Alexander Ovechkin
Teuvo Teravainen Alexander Wennberg Mats Zuccarello Jakub Voracek Tom Wilson
Defencemen Trevor Carrick Seth Jones Andy Greene Johnny Boychuk Marc Staal Shayne Gostisbehere Kris Letang John Carlson
Justin Faulk Ryan Murray John Moore Travis Hamonic Nick Holden Radko Gudas Brian Dumoulin Matt Niskanen
Ryan Murphy David Savard Mirco Mueller Nick Leddy Ryan McDonagh Brandon Manning Olli Maatta Dmitry Orlov
Damon Severson Adam Pelech Justin Schultz
Ryan Pulock
Goaltender Scott Darling Sergei Bobrovsky Cory Schneider Thomas Greiss Henrik Lundqvist Anthony Stolarz Matt Murray Braden Holtby

Western ConferenceEdit

Central Division
Position Chicago Colorado Dallas Minnesota Nashville St. Louis Winnipeg
Forwards Artem Anisimov Sven Andrighetto Jamie Benn Mikko Koivu Viktor Arvidsson Patrik Berglund Joel Armia
Marian Hossa Blake Comeau Jason Spezza Zach Parise Filip Forsberg Ryan Reaves Andrew Copp
Patrick Kane Matt Duchene Radek Faksa Jason Pominville Calle Jarnkrok Jaden Schwartz Bryan Little
Jonathan Toews Rocco Grimaldi Valeri Nichushkin Charlie Coyle Ryan Johansen Vladimír Sobotka Adam Lowry
Ryan Hartman Gabriel Landeskog Brett Ritchie Mikael Granlund Paul Stastny Mathieu Perreault
Richard Panik Nathan MacKinnon Antoine Roussel Nino Niederreiter Alexander Steen Mark Scheifele
Tomas Jurco Matt Nieto Tyler Seguin Jason Zucker Vladimir Tarasenko Blake Wheeler
Defencemen Duncan Keith Erik Johnson Stephen Johns Ryan Suter Mattias Ekholm Jay Bouwmeester Dustin Byfuglien
Brent Seabrook Tyson Barrie John Klingberg Jonas Brodin Ryan Ellis Joel Edmundson Tyler Myers
Niklas Hjalmarsson Nikita Zadorov Esa Lindell Jared Spurgeon Roman Josi Alex Pietrangelo Jacob Trouba
P. K. Subban
Goaltender Corey Crawford Semyon Varlamov Ben Bishop Devan Dubnyk Pekka Rinne Jake Allen Connor Hellebuyck
Pacific Division
Position Anaheim Arizona Calgary Edmonton Los Angeles San Jose Vancouver
Forwards Ryan Getzlaf Nick Cousins Mikael Backlund Milan Lucic Anze Kopitar Ryan Carpenter Loui Eriksson
Ryan Kesler Anthony Duclair Sam Bennett Leon Draisaitl Jeff Carter Logan Couture Daniel Sedin
Corey Perry Jordan Martinook Micheal Ferland Jordan Eberle Tanner Pearson Jannik Hansen Henrik Sedin
Andrew Cogliano Tobias Rieder Michael Frolik Zack Kassian Tyler Toffoli Tomas Hertl Sven Baertschi
Rickard Rakell Johnny Gaudreau Mark Letestu Melker Karlsson Markus Granlund
Jakob Silfverberg Curtis Lazar Patrick Maroon Joe Pavelski Bo Horvat
Antoine Vermette Sean Monahan Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Chris Tierney Brandon Sutter
Defencemen Kevin Bieksa Alex Goligoski T.J. Brodie Andrej Sekera Drew Doughty Justin Braun Alexander Edler
Cam Fowler Oliver Ekman-Larsson Mark Giordano Oscar Klefbom Derek Forbort Brent Burns Erik Gudbranson
Hampus Lindholm Connor Murphy Dougie Hamilton Adam Larsson Alec Martinez Marc-Edouard Vlasic Christopher Tanev
Luke Schenn Jake Muzzin
Goaltender John Gibson Chad Johnson Mike Smith Cam Talbot Jonathan Quick Martin Jones Jacob Markstrom

Draft ResultsEdit

# Player Drafted from
1. Calvin Pickard (G) Colorado Avalanche
2. Luca Sbisa (D) Vancouver Canucks
3. Teemu Pulkkinen (LW) Arizona Coyotes
4. Jon Merrill (D) New Jersey Devils
5. William Carrier (LW) Buffalo Sabres
6. Cody Eakin (C) Dallas Stars
7. Tomas Nosek (LW) Detroit Red Wings
8. Jonathan Marchessault (C) Florida Panthers
9. Brayden McNabb (D) Los Angeles Kings
10. Connor Brickley (C) Carolina Hurricanes
11. Chris Thorburn (RW) Winnipeg Jets
12. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (RW) Philadelphia Flyers
13. Jason Garrison (D) Tampa Bay Lightning
14. Jean-Francois Berube (G) New York Islanders
15. James Neal (LW) Nashville Predators
16. Deryk Engelland (D) Calgary Flames
17. Brendan Leipsic (LW) Toronto Maple Leafs
18. Colin Miller (D) Boston Bruins
19. Marc Methot (D) Ottawa Senators
20. David Schlemko (D) San Jose Sharks
21. David Perron (LW) St. Louis Blues
22. Oscar Lindberg (C) New York Rangers
23. Griffin Reinhart (D) Edmonton Oilers
24. Alexei Emelin (D) Montreal Canadiens
25. Clayton Stoner (D) Anaheim Ducks
26. Erik Haula (C) Minnesota Wild
27. William Karlsson (C) Columbus Blue Jackets
28. Trevor van Riemsdyk (D) Chicago Blackhawks
29. Marc-Andre Fleury (G) Pittsburgh Penguins
30. Nate Schmidt (D) Washington Capitals

TradesEdit

In return for agreeing not to select certain unprotected players, the Golden Knights were granted concessions by other franchises.

  • The Buffalo Sabres traded their sixth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Vegas selecting William Carrier.
  • The Florida Panthers traded Reilly Smith in exchange for Vegas selecting Jonathan Marchessault and a fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
  • The Carolina Hurricanes traded Boston's fifth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft (previously acquired) in exchange for Vegas selecting Connor Brickley.
  • The Winnipeg Jets traded their first-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft and a third-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Vegas selecting Chris Thorburn and Columbus' first-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft (previously acquired).
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning traded their second-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, Pittsburgh's fourth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft (previously acquired) and Nikita Gusev in exchange for Vegas selecting Jason Garrison.
  • The New York Islanders traded their first-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, a second-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, Mikhail Grabovski and Jake Bischoff in exchange for Vegas selecting Jean-Francois Berube.
  • The Anaheim Ducks traded Shea Theodore in exchange for Vegas selecting Clayton Stoner.
  • The Minnesota Wild traded Alex Tuch in exchange for Vegas selecting Erik Haula and a conditional third-round pick in the 2017 or 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets traded their first-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, a second-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft and David Clarkson in exchange for Vegas selecting William Karlsson.
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins traded their second-round pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Vegas selecting Marc-Andre Fleury.

Post-DraftEdit

Not all players selected by the Golden Knights in the Expansion Draft would remain with the team. Some players were traded in the following days, some the day after:

  • Trevor van Riemsdyk and a seventh-round pick in 2018 were traded to Carolina for Pittsburgh's second-round pick in 2017.
  • David Schlemko was traded to Montreal for a fifth-round pick in 2019.
  • Marc Methot was traded to Dallas for Dylan Ferguson and a second-round pick in 2020.
  • Alexei Emelin was traded to Nashville for a third-round pick in 2018.

Other players who were no longer on the Golden Knights' roster at the start of the 2017–18 NHL season include the following:

  • Connor Brickley signed as an unrestricted free agent with Florida on July 1, 2017.
  • Chris Thorburn signed as an unrestricted free agent with St. Louis on July 1, 2017.
  • Jean-Francois Berube signed as an unrestricted free agent with Chicago on July 1, 2017.