Wilson 'talking to Every Team' Ahead of Expansion Draft Deadline

Solenn Plantier
Juin 19, 2017

If forward Jason Zucker is left unprotected by the Minnesota Wild, and the Golden Knights are game for instant cachet with fans, they'd land a hometown player faster than any other NHL Sun Belt team.

It could be veteran Lee Stempniak, the well-traveled forward.

The ice is down as the Vegas Golden Knights host a Glass Seat Reveal for prospective premium ticket members at the T-Mobile Arena on Tuesday, June 13, 2017. The selections will be announced Wednesday during the NHL Awards Show from Las Vegas.

Could the Golden Knights have a chance at a Las Vegas-raised player when they draft their expansion team next week? The groundwork is done. The Sharks chose to protect seven forwards, three defensemen, and Martin Jones ahead of Wednesday's expansion draft.

The last time the National Hockey League had an expansion draft, Steve Yzerman was coming off a Selke trophy-winning season as captain of the Detroit Red Wings. But on the other hand, the goalie market is drying up this off-season, and he did earn the No. 1 starter's job in the second half of the 2016-17 campaign.

When will we know the lists?

Deadlines to keep in mind were Friday evening's last call for players to waive no-movement clauses, followed by Saturday's 3 p.m. roster freeze for all teams other than Vegas. "Nothing's set in stone until Saturday at 5 o'clock eastern when we have to submit the list".

Who do the Canes protect?

Protected forwards: Toews, Kane, Anisimov, Hossa, Richard Panik, Ryan Hartman, Tomas Jurco.

The Vegas Golden Knights are basically a hungry National Football League offensive lineman approaching a buffet table right now.

The Canes traded for goalie Scott Darling and have signed him to a four-year contract.

The Predators didn't protect James Neal, Mike Fisher, Colton Sissons, Craig Smith and Pontus Aberg. Francis may favor giving up some picks to allow a Jay McClement, Joakim Nordstrom, Cam Ward, or Eddie Lack to leave instead.

Grabner, 29, is signed for next season with a salary-cap hit of $1.65 million, modest compared to his first Rangers season, when he started fast and finished with 27 goals. But Lack also is due $2.75 million, so the situation is problematic.

"What it does is, some of the things we were anxious about with no-move clauses and that sort of thing didn't happen and I think the harvest of assets that we are going to have now will be what we were hoping for". This post will be updated as the process goes along, so you might want to bookmark this to keep up. Offense will likely be in short supply in Sin City, but the Expansion Draft will give Vegas a deep defense and very solid goaltending.

The expansion draft rules made it so that Vegas would wind up with strong enough goaltending to be competitive even in its inaugural season. Teams could also ask Vegas to pick an exposed player they're interested in, then get the Knights to subsequently flip him.

"It's a part of the reason we like this trade", Yzerman said of the deal, which netted Mikhail Sergachev, a high-upside defensive prospect who is exempt from exposure to Vegas.

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