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2017 NHL Expansion Draft

The 2017 NHL Expansion Draft was an expansion draft conducted by the National Hockey League on June 18–20, 2017 to fill the roster of the league's expansion team for the 2017–18 season, the Vegas Golden Knights. The team's selections were announced on June 21 during the NHL Awards ceremony at T-Mobile Arena.[1]

2017 NHL Expansion Draft
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General information
Date(s)June 21, 2017
LocationT-Mobile Arena
Paradise, Nevada
LeagueNational Hockey League
Expansion teamVegas Golden Knights
Expansion season2017–18
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In the off-season 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 "Big Four" 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 pre-season 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,[2][3] 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.[2]

Las Vegas was approved for the 2017–18 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.[4]


The initial proposal of the rules for the draft were decided upon by the NHL in March 2016.[5] They allowed each team to either protect seven forwards, three defensemen, and one goaltender or, one goaltender and eight skaters regardless of position. Because the NHL wanted to ensure the competitive viability of any new teams, the number of protected players allowed was 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 defensemen, and one goalie, or two goalies, three defensemen, and seven forwards. Under these rules, each of the 30 teams would lose one top-four defensemen or third-line forward per number of new teams.[5] Only players with more than two years of professional experience — NHL or AHL as defined in the collective bargaining agreement — were included in the draft.[6]

Teams had to submit their list of protected players by June 17, 2017, and they had to expose at least two forwards and one defenseman that had 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 had to still be contracted for the 2017–18 season. The exposed goaltender had to either be under contract for the 2017–18 season or became a Restricted free agent in 2017. At least twenty of the thirty players selected by Vegas had to be under contract for the 2017–18 season, and they were required to select a minimum of fourteen forwards, nine defensemen and three goaltenders.[7] Vegas was 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 lost a player to Vegas during this signing window they did not have a player selected from their roster during this draft.[8]

Teams were required to protect any contracted players with no move clauses (NMCs) with one of the team's slots for protected players, unless the contract expired on July 1, 2017, in which case the NMC was considered void for the draft.[9][10] Players whose NMCs had limited no trade clauses had to still be protected, and any players with NMCs were able to waive the clause and become eligible for the expansion draft.[9]

Any player picked in the expansion draft could not have their contract bought out until after the completion of the 2017–18 season. The expansion team was 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."[9]

Protected playersEdit

The protected players' list was published on June 18, 2017.[11]

Eastern ConferenceEdit

Italics: Players protected for contractual reasons.[12]

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
Defensemen 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
Defensemen 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
Defensemen 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
Defensemen 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


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


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:

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

See alsoEdit


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