|2017 NHL Expansion Draft|
|Date(s)||June 21, 2017|
|League||National Hockey League|
|Expansion team||Vegas Golden Knights|
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.
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, the Vegas bid 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, 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.
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.
The initial proposal of the rules for the draft were decided upon by the NHL in March 2016. They allowed each team to either protect seven forwards, three defencemen, 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 defencemen, and one goalie, or two goalies, three defencemen, and seven forwards. Under these rules, each of the 30 teams would lose one top-four defencemen or third-line forward per number of new teams. 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.
Teams had to submit their list of protected players by June 17, 2017, and they had to expose at least two forwards and one defenceman 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 defencemen and three goaltenders. 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.
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. 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.
Any player picked in the expansion draft could not have their contract bought out until after the completion of the 2017–18 season. Vegas 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 they were 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, saying "It’s a loss of draft picks and/or players."
The protected players' list was published on June 18, 2017.
Italics: Players protected for contractual reasons.
In return for agreeing to select certain unprotected players, the Golden Knights were granted concessions by other franchises.
- The Buffalo Sabres traded their 2017 NHL Entry Draft sixth-round pick in exchange for Vegas selecting William Carrier.
- The Florida Panthers traded Reilly Smith in exchange for Vegas selecting Jonathan Marchessault and a 2018 Entry Draft fourth-round pick .
- The Carolina Hurricanes traded Boston's 2017 Entry Draft fifth-round pick (previously acquired) in exchange for Vegas selecting Connor Brickley.
- The Winnipeg Jets traded their 2017 Entry Draft first-round pick (13th overall) and a 2019 Entry Draft third-round pick in exchange for Vegas selecting Chris Thorburn and Columbus' 2017 Entry Draft first-round pick (24th overall; previously acquired by Vegas).
- The Tampa Bay Lightning traded their 2017 Entry Draft second-round pick, Pittsburgh's 2018 Entry Draft fourth-round pick (previously acquired) and Nikita Gusev in exchange for Vegas selecting Jason Garrison.
- The New York Islanders traded their 2017 Entry Draft first-round pick, a 2019 Entry Draft second-round pick, Mikhail Grabovski and Jake Bischoff in exchange for Vegas selecting Jean-Francois Berube.
- The Anaheim Ducks traded Shea Theodore in exchange for Vegas selecting Clayton Stoner.
- The Minnesota Wild traded Alex Tuch in exchange for Vegas selecting Erik Haula and a conditional 2017 or 2018 Entry Draft third-round pick .
- The Columbus Blue Jackets traded their 2017 Entry Draft first-round pick, a 2019 Entry Draft second-round pick and David Clarkson in exchange for Vegas selecting William Karlsson.
- The Pittsburgh Penguins traded their 2020 Entry Draft second-round pick in exchange for Vegas selecting Marc-Andre Fleury.
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:
- Trevor van Riemsdyk and a 2018 seventh-round pick were traded to Carolina for Pittsburgh's 2017 second-round pick.
- David Schlemko was traded to Montreal for a 2019 fifth-round pick.
- Marc Methot was traded to Dallas for Dylan Ferguson and a 2020 second-round pick.
- Alexei Emelin was traded to Nashville for a 2018 third-round pick.
- Calvin Pickard was traded to Toronto for a 2018 sixth-round pick and Tobias Lindberg.
Other players who were no longer on the Golden Knights' roster at the start of the 2017–18 NHL season include the following:
- Connor Brickley signed as an unrestricted free agent with Florida on July 1, 2017.
- Chris Thorburn signed as an unrestricted free agent with St. Louis on July 1, 2017.
- Jean-François Bérubé signed as an unrestricted free agent with Chicago on July 1, 2017.
- Carp, Steve. "Expansion Draft, NHL Awards to share T-Mobile stage June 21", April 18, 2017.
- Wyshynski, Greg (July 20, 2015). NHL expansion deadline: No Seattle bids; Las Vegas, Quebec City apply (Reports). Puck Daddy. Yahoo! Sports.
- Boisvert, Yves. "Even if you build it, NHL still won't come to Quebec City", The Globe and Mail, June 15, 2016.
- Rosen, Dan (June 23, 2016). Las Vegas awarded NHL franchise. NHL.com.
- Seravalli, Frank (March 16, 2016). NHL presents potential expansion draft plans. TSN.
- Johnston, Chris. "NHL teams receiving information on potential expansion draft", Sportsnet, June 10, 2016.
- Rules for 2017 Expansion Draft (June 22, 2016).
- NHL Las Vegas to get 48-hour free agency window in June: Report (October 28, 2016).
- Nelson, Dustin (June 11, 2016). Expansion Draft Rules Gain Clarity. The Hockey Writers.
- Hume, Mike and Neil Greenberg. "Five teams that should really stress about the NHL's Las Vegas expansion draft", The Washington Post, June 16, 2016.
- New Expansion Draft Rule Called The 40/70 Rule Leaked (en-US) (2016-06-11).
- NHL Expansion Draft protected list revealed (June 18, 2017).
- Official NHL expansion draft exempt list contains surprises (November 23, 2016).
- Buffalo Sabres [@BuffaloSabres] (June 22, 2017). The @GoldenKnights select William Carrier from the Sabres in the Expansion Draft & acquire a 6th-round pick in the….
- Panthers Acquire 2018 Fourth Round Draft Choice from Vegas (June 21, 2017).
- Carolina Hurricanes [@NHLCanes] (June 22, 2017). [NEWS @GoldenKnights Select Connor Brickley in #VegasDraft → Details: #Canes deal a fifth-round pick to Vegas.].
- Jets swap first-round picks with Golden Knights (June 21, 2017).
- Defenseman Jason Garrison selected by Vegas Golden Knights (June 22, 2017).
- Vegas acquires Grabovski, first-round pick from Islanders (June 21, 2017).
- Ducks Trade Theodore to Vegas Golden Knights (June 22, 2017).
- Erik Haula, Alex Tuch Head to Vegas in Expansion Draft (June 22, 2017).
- Golden Knights select William Karlsson in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft (June 21, 2017).
- Pittsburgh Penguins [@penguins] (June 22, 2017). The Golden Knights also get a 2nd round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft from the Penguins..
- Trevor van Riemsdyk traded to Hurricanes by Golden Knights (June 22, 2017).
- The Canadiens acquired defenseman David Schlemko (June 22, 2017).
- Vegas Acquires Draft Pick, Dylan Ferguson From Dallas For Marc Methot (June 26, 2017).
- Maple Leafs acquire goalie Calvin Pickard from Vegas Golden Knights. Sportsnet (2017-10-06).
- Florida Panthers Agree to Terms with Five Players. Florida Panthers (July 1, 2017).
- Pinkert, Chris (July 1, 2017). Blues Sign 3 Players at Start of Free Agency. St. Louis Blues.
- Blackhawks Agree to Terms with Berube and Oesterle. Chicago Blackhawks (July 1, 2017).
|Vegas Golden Knights|
|Founded in 2017 Based in Paradise, Nevada|
|Franchise||Team - General managers - Coaches - Players - Captains - Draft picks - Expansion draft - Seasons - Current season|
|History||Records - Award winners - Broadcasters|
|Personnel||Owner(s) Black Knight Sports & Entertainment (Bill Foley (85%), Maloof family (15%))|
General manager - Kelly McCrimmon - Head coach - Peter DeBoer -Team captain -Vacant - Current roster
|Affiliates||AHL:Henderson Silver Knights - ECHL:Fort Wayne Komets|
|Media||TV: AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain - Radio KKGK (AM 1340/FM 98.9) - KENO (AM 1460) (Spanish)|
|Culture and lore||"Viva Las Vegas" - "Vegas Lights" - "Whatever It Takes" - City National Arena - Fortress Invitational|
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