What is the NHL Expansion Draft
The Vegas Golden Knights are the newest team to enter the NHL and will play in their inaugural season in 2017-2018. On June 21, 2017, the team draft 30 players, one from each of the 30 current NHL teams. Each of the existing teams is allowed to protect a certain number of players from being drafted. The NHL has stipulated that both the existing teams and Las Vegas have to follow a set of rules determining which and how many players they are allowed to protect or draft, which you can find more about here. Existing teams must submit a list of protected players by June 17, 2017. This gives Las Vegas three days to decide who to draft to their roster!
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