The Vegas Golden Knights might be taking your favorite player in the draft on Wednesday, but that’s okay, they’re taking a player from every team. Yes, even the Coyotes.
Now that the protection lists have been released, we have a better idea of how the Vegas roster could round out.
From now until Wednesday, June 21st at 10am EST/7am PST, the Golden Knights have an exclusive window to sign pending RFA/UFA players and select their players for the NHL Expansion Draft, which is on Wednesday 8pm EST/5pm PST with the NHL Awards.
If the Golden Knights sign an RFA/UFA from your team, that fulfills the requirement of each team giving Vegas a player. Most likely, there will be some RFA/UFA signings and some surprising picks that no one sees coming.
There is a trade freeze from 3pm EST/12pm PST June 17th until 8am EST/5am PST June 22nd, 2017.
Vegas will take one player — no more, or no less — from each existing team.
- They must select at least 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goalies.
- 20 of the 30 players must be under contract in 2017-18.
- The cap hit of all players selected in the Expansion Draft must be somewhere between $43.8 million and $73 million.
Have more questions? We have a great video to explain everything you need to know about the Expansion Draft, if you’re still confused. (It’s okay, I had to talk to CapFriendly because I was confused too.)
What do you think of this Expansion process?