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Las Vegas Golden Knights Expansion Draft: Fantasy Overview

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James Neal, Ryan Dzingel and Marc-Andre Fleury could all benefit from a move

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What it is -€” in effort to provide some talented players to the brand new Las Vegas Golden Knights hockey team, teams will provide a list of players that the Las Vegas Golden Knights can select from.


How it works:
On Saturday, the 30 NHL teams will select their lists of (either 9 or 10 players) who will be protected.
On Sunday Las Vegas must select 1 player from each of the 30 NHL teams.

Three rules go beyond this:
1. 20 of the players must be under contract for next season
2. They have to pick 14 forwards, 9 defensemen and 3 goalies
3. The total salary amount must be above 60 percent and below 100 percent of the salary cap limit set by the NHL.

From the 30 NHL teams they can do two formats for saving their skaters:
1. 7 forwards, 3 defenseman and a goalie
2. 8 players and a goalie.
-Any player who has a no movement clause must be included in the protected players (and you will see a lot of teams asking players to waive these terms).
-Any player who was injured for over 60 days is exempt.
-Finally -€” any player with less than 3 years of professional experience is automatically exempt from being selected.

Below are the players who have no movement clauses:

Anaheim Ducks

Ryan Getzlaf

Anaheim Ducks

Ryan Kesler

Anaheim Ducks

Corey Perry

Anaheim Ducks

Kevin Bieksa

Arizona Coyotes

Alex Goligoski

Boston Bruins

Patrice Bergeron

Boston Bruins

Zdeno Chara

Boston Bruins

David Backes

Boston Bruins

David Krejci

Buffalo Sabres

Kyle Okposo

Carolina Hurricanes

Jordan Staal

Chicago Blackhawks

Artem Anisimov

Chicago Blackhawks

Brian Campbell

Chicago Blackhawks

Corey Crawford

Chicago Blackhawks

Niklas Hjalmarsson

Chicago Blackhawks

Marian Hossa

Chicago Blackhawks

Patrick Kane

Chicago Blackhawks

Duncan Keith

Chicago Blackhawks

Brent Seabrook

Chicago Blackhawks

Jonathan Toews

Colorado Avalanche

Francois Beauchemin

Columbus Blue Jackets

Sergei Bobrovsky

Columbus Blue Jackets

David Clarkson (waived injury)

Columbus Blue Jackets

Brandon Dubinsky

Columbus Blue Jackets

Nick Foglino

Columbus Blue Jackets

Scott Hartnell

Dallas Stars

Jamie Benn

Dallas Stars

Ben Bishop

Dallas Stars

Jason Spezza

Detroit Red Wings

Frans Nielsen

Edminton Oilers

Milan Lucic

Edminton Oilers

Andrej Sekera

Edminton Oilers

Cam Talbot

Florida Panthers

Keith Yandle

Los Angeles Kings

Anze Kopitar

Minnesota Wild

Mikko Koivu

Minnesota Wild

Zach Parise

Minnesota Wild

Jason Pominville

Minnesota Wild

Ryan Suter

Montreal Canadiens

Jeff Petry

Montreal Canadiens

Carey Price

Nashville Predators

Pekka Rinne

New Jersey Devils

Ryane Clowe (waived injury)

New York Islanders

Johnny Boychuk

New York Islanders

Andrew Ladd

New York Islanders

John Tavares

New York Rangers

Dan Girardi

New York Rangers

Henrik Lundqvist

New York Rangers

Rick Nash

New York Rangers

Marc Staal

Ottawa Senators

Dion Phaneuf

Ottawa Senators

Chris Neil

Ottawa Senators

Bobby Ryan

Philadelphia Flyers

Claude Giroux

Philadelphia Flyers

Valtteri Filppula

Pittsburgh Penguins

Sidney Crosby

Pittsburgh Penguins

Marc-Andre Fleury (asked to waive)

Pittsburgh Penguins

Phil Kessel

Pittsburgh Penguins

Kris Letang

Pittsburgh Penguins

Evgeni Malkin

Tampa Bay Lightning

Ryan Callahan

Tampa Bay Lightning

Victor Hedman

Tampa Bay Lightning

Steven Stamkos

Toronto Maple Leafs

Nathan Horton (waived for injury)

Vancouver Canucks

Loui Eriksson

Vancouver Canucks

Daniel Sedin

Vancouver Canucks

Henrik Sedin

Winnipeg Jets

Dustin Byfuglien

Winnipeg Jets

Tobias Enstrom

A few players who could see stock rising with a move:
James Neal the Stanley Cup losers have a great core roster built and James Neal, one time 40 goal scorer, might be the odd man out for the Predators protection. He would be Las Vegas's best pure scorer instantly.

Vladislav Namestnikov. Despite his rather pedestrian 28 point 2016-2017 season, his talent and raw abilities are tough to pass up, he barely passes the experience threshold giving Vegas a good young player to work along the laundry list of older mature players they are likely to acquire.

David Perron.   46 points with the Blues who will have an intriguing selection of players having few stars in lieu of just a mass of above average players. David has a history of 35+point seasons and could be a quality add.

Ryan Dzingel -€” I can't saw enough about the star power he can possess, if he moves, he instantly becomes a top 6 player for them.

Jimmy Howard. The Red Wings have two goalies who worked a hot cold tandem, it looks like Howard will be the odd man out, if Vegas takes Marc-Andre they will admittedly be less enthusiastic about Jimmy Howard but it's an option.

Marc-Andre Fleury has agreed to waive his clause and seems ready to accept the move. I imagine the Golden Knights would salivate at a #1 overall pick and three time Stanley Cup winning goalie despite the age.