But probably not. Mock drafts have Fleury as an obvious choice for Vegas with the veteran backstop reportedly waiving his no-movement clause by Pittsburgh's request.
Brayden McNabb, defenseman: Likely to be the odd-man out on the protected list. The fifth-year player, however, won't be ready for the start of the season after having surgery to fix a shoulder injury. The Coyotes might avoid losing a quality player in the expansion draft because the majority of their talented young forwards (Max Domi, Dylan Strome and Nick Merkley) are exempt from eligibility.
Does that include the newly acquired Chad Johnson?
McPhee told reporters Sunday that "there were no surprises" when the Golden Knights received the lists and that he was "really pleased with what's available". The lists tell which nine or 12 players (depending on which layout the team chose to use) each team made a decision to protect from the expansion draft that Vegas will use to stock their roster for next season. Several big names have come up in conversations, but it appears the teams who have unprotected players they still wish to keep are also willing to compensate Vegas to make sure they stay unclaimed.
McPhee said he believes he "can accomplish two things" during the expansion process after selecting players and making trades with other clubs. In exchange, McPhee was intent on stockpiling draft picks to help spur the franchise's growth through youth. They already own the sixth overall pick, but TSN's Pierre LeBrun spoke to an National Hockey League general manager, who believes there's a chance the Golden Knights have already made side deals to acquire more draft picks.
The NHL Expansion Draft will take place on Tuesday, and teams had to submit their list of protected players to the league on Saturday afternoon.
Those deals won't be formally revealed until Wednesday. They also protected goalie Martin Jones.
Two forwards will be exposed in this scenario, with Kruger and his $3 million cap hit joining Jordin Tootoo in that category.
The Ottawa Senators, who almost made it to the Cup Finals, reportedly have some problems regarding veteran defenseman Dion Phaneuf, who won't waive his no-movement clause. Goalie Jeff Glass is under contract for next season and fulfills the requirement for exposed goaltenders. Well, the Knights' strategy heading into this portion of the expansion draft should be to choose the best available player from each of their divisional opponents.
In about 30 minutes, the National Hockey League is set to approve and release protected lists for all 30 already-established National Hockey League teams. However, that isn't going to be an issue since they only have eight forwards under contract right now and one is likely to be headed to Las Vegas at the end of the week. Of the 30, 20 of those players must be under contract for the 2017-18 season, and the selections must amass at least 60 percent of the Knights' salary cap. Before projecting who the Hawks will protect and expose, here's a look at some of the important rules for the draft.
Chayka was exaggerating, but only slightly. Could make for an interesting pickup for the Golden Knights.
That doesn't mean the other GMs can't talk. "We were able to acquire a player that we do not have to protect and it gives us a little more clarity there".