The protection lists have been released, George McPhee has been wheeling and dealing, and rumors continue to fly about which players will be selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the upcoming NHL Expansion Draft. All that remains is the announcement of the Golden Knights selections during the NHL Awards show on Wednesday night, an announcement that figures to significantly alter the NHL landscape for the time being.

In case you need a refresher on the rules of the expansion draft, they are as follows:

  • Vegas must take one player from each team, 30 in total
  • They must draft at least 14 forwards, nine defensemen, and three goalies
  • The total cap hits of all picks must be at least 60 percent of the upper limit
  • At least 20 of the 30 players must be under contract for the 2017-18 season

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the players that the Golden Knights should target come draft night:

 

Anaheim Ducks

Sami Vatanen | Defenseman | 25 years old |$4.875 million

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Arizona Coyotes

Jamie McGinn | Winger | 28 years old | $3.33 million

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Boston Bruins

Alexander Khoklachev | Center | 23 years old | —

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Buffalo Sabres

William Carrier | Winger | 22 years old | $689k

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Calgary Flames

Troy Brouwer | Winger | 31 years old | $4.5 million

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Carolina Hurricanes

Joakim Nordstrom | Winger | 25 years old | $1.275 million

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Chicago Blackhawks

Marcus Kruger | Center | 27 years old | $3.083 million

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Colorado Avalanche

Calvin Pickard | Goalie | 25 years old | $1.0 million

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Columbus Blue Jackets

Matt Calvert | Winger | 27 years old | $2.2 million

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Dallas Stars

Jamie Oleksiak | Defenseman | 24 years old | RFA

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Detroit Red Wings

Xavier Ouellet | Defenseman | 23 years old | RFA

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Edmonton Oilers

Jujhar Khaira | Winger | 22 years old | $675k

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Florida Panthers

Jonathan Marchessault | Center | 26 years old | $750k

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Los Angeles Kings

Dustin Brown | Winger | 32 years old | $5.875 million

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Minnesota Wild

Matt Dumba | Defenseman | 22 years old | $2.55 million

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Montreal Canadiens

Brandon Davidson | Defenseman | 25 years old | $1.425 million

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Nashville Predators

James Neal | Winger | 29 years old | $5.0 million

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New Jersey Devils

Ben Lovejoy | Defenseman | 33 years old | $2.667 million

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New York Islanders

Brock Nelson | Center | 25 years old | $2.5 million

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New York Rangers

Antti Raanta | Goalie | 28 years old | $1.0 million

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Ottawa Senators

Marc Methot | Defenseman | 31 years old | $4.9 million

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Philadelphia Flyers

Jesper Pettersson | Defenseman | 22 years old | RFA

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Pittsburgh Penguins

Marc-Andre Fleury | Goalie | 32 years old | $5.75 million

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San Jose Sharks

Barclay Goodrow | Winger | 24 years old | RFA

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St. Louis Blues

Dmitrij Jaskin | Winger | 24 years old | $1.0 million

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Tampa Bay Lightning

Andrej Sustr | Defenseman | 26 years old | RFA

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Toronto Maple Leafs

Kerby Rychel | Winger | 22 years old | $863k

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Vancouver Canucks

Brendan Gaunce | Center | 23 years old | RFA

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Washington Capitals

Nate Schmidt | Defenseman | 25 years old | RFA

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Winnipeg Jets

Marko Dano | Center | 22 years old | $850k

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