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Expansion Draft Protected Lists Will Be Made Public

The NHL announced that the list of players Vegas can choose from will be made public prior to the team's Expansion Draft selection announcements on June 21

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights /

The Golden Knights' month of June just got a whole lot more interesting.

On Wednesday, the NHL announced that the league's other 30 teams' lists of Protected/Available players will be made public in the days leading up to the Expansion Draft.

Prior to this announcement, it had been rumored that only NHL general managers would have access to these lists.



Tweet from @PR_NHL: UPDATE: Protected & Available Lists for Expansion Draft will be made public simultaneously with their distribution to the Clubs. Date TBD.


Now, the list of players the Golden Knights can choose from will be available to the public, although the exact details of when and where this information will be released won't be available until a later date.

"After a lot of internal discussion following the General Managers meeting, we determined it would be best to disclose those lists publicly," NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly told's Dan Rosen. "One of our guiding principles from the start of this process was to prioritize transparency, and certainly here, keeping the lists private would not have promoted that particular objective.

"Also, while I think the Managers on balance favoured maintaining the privacy of the process, I can't say I felt anyone expressed particularly strong views on the subject one way or another. So, in the end, we ran it by the Players' Association and it ultimately became a pretty easy decision."

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The Golden Knights' staff is expected to receive other teams' lists on June 18, and have until June 21 to select one player (30 total) from every other team.

Teams have the option of protecting either seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie, or eight skaters of any position and one goalie.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Expansion Draft.


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