PITTSBURGH -- The Vegas Golden Knights will have an additional 24 hours to complete the NHL Expansion Draft process than originally planned, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said Monday.
The lists of protected players from the other 30 NHL teams will be provided to the Golden Knights at 10 a.m. on June 18, and they will have until 10 a.m. on June 21 to submit their selection list.
The 72-hour window is up from the original one of 48 hours, Daly said.
The Golden Knights can sign any restricted or unrestricted free agent left unprotected by his team, and the window for them to do that was also increased from 48 hours to 72 hours between those dates (June 18-21). These free agents would not otherwise be allowed to sign with a team different than the one they played for this season until July 1.
The Golden Knights will select 30 players, one from each NHL team, and their choices will be announced at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas on June 21.
An NHL team must protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender; or eight skaters (forwards/defensemen) and one goaltender.
Any player with a no-movement clause in his contract at the time of the expansion draft must be protected unless he waives it. All first- and second-year professional players, and unsigned draft choices, are exempt from selection by Vegas and do not have to be protected.
Vegas must select one player from each team to fill a roster of at least 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goalies, with a minimum of 20 players under contract for the 2017-18 season.