Earlier today TSN Hockey Analyst and Resident Insider Pierre LeBrun reported on his Official Twitter Account that the NHL and NHLPA are still in the discussion process of when the Vegas Golden Knights can start to reach out to and speak with players in both RFA/UFA categories that will mostly be left exposed when the NHL Expansion Draft rolls arounds next month.

This makes things very interesting going forward for George McPhee as he and his team of scouts continue to participate in their monthly mock drafts before heading into the NHL Expansion Draft that takes place at T-Mobile Arena in front of a crowd filled with Golden Knights fans.

Players who are exposed for selection:

Every club has to meet the criteria minimum requirements of exposed players for the 2017 expansion draft.

  • 1 Defenseman that is currently under contract for the 2017-2018 season with 40 or more total games played in the previous season or has played 70 plus games to their credit over the span from the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 season.
  • 2 Forwards who are currently contracted for the 2017-2018 season with 40 or more total games played in the previous season or has played 70 plus games to their credit over the the span from the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 season.
  • 1 Goaltender that has a contract for the 2017-2018 season or who is set to become a restricted free agent prior to the 2017-2018 season. The catch here is, if that goaltenders team exercises the option of allowing that player to become available he must meet the minimum requirements by a qualifying offer. His qualifying offer has to be submitted prior to the deadline of the teams protected list.
  • If a player(s) that has a career ending injuries of whom have missed over 60 games consecutively are not authorized by any means in meeting the league requirements for exposure. However the league may approve it but only on a case by case basis.

Since there are still teams involved in the Stanley Cup Playoffs the list of unprotected players won’t be finalized and complete until after the completion of the Stanley Cup Finals.

For McPhee he has to select a player for each of the existing 30 teams. Vegas needs to selected 14 forwards, 9 defensemen, and three goaltenders. Per league rules both 1st and 2nd season players are not eligible to be selected by the Golden Knights.

He is however open to the idea if a deal makes sense to collect draft picks from other clubs during the NHL Expansion Draft process he’ll do it.

“If they want to give us draft picks to encourage us to take a certain player or leave another player alone, we’re open-minded and we’re going to listen to everyone,” McPhee said. “You usually build your team, historically, through the entry draft, so we’d certainly be interested in acquiring picks.” Per Bakersfield Now

Clubs that are most likely up against the cap heading into next season will be most likely be reaching out to McPhee or continue in discussions with Golden Knights General Manager on these so called “side deals” in working out some kind of package.

As LeBrun made mentioned of if the Golden Knights do in fact sign player x for player x’s current team will then that club will be exempt from the selection process.

Teams that have been eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs are already in the process of identifying those they want to protect and those players who unfortunately can’t. This also includes those clubs that failed to make it to the NHL’s second season.






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