Vegas Golden Knights: Mock Draft

It’s official: it’s time for the Vegas Golden Knights to select their roster. All the teams have submitted their protection list for the expansion draft, so it comes down to one question: who will be on the newest NHL team? Vegas has until Wednesday to submit their final roster to the NHL and the official roster will be released at the NHL Awards and Draft this weekend. It is mandatory that Vegas selects 1 player of each NHL team that has a contract for the 2017-2018 season.

There are a few big names on the unprotected list, including San Jose’s captain Joe Thornton and Nashville’s captain Mike Fisher. TJ Oshie, Bobby Ryan and Yannick Weber fail to make their team’s protected list as well. So it boils down to one thing: do these NHL teams know something about Vegas that the rest of us don’t?

Salary caps and age have a huge factor in those big-name players who aren’t protected. Joe Thornton is 38 this July and has a salary of 6.75 million, Mike Fisher is 37 with a salary of 4.5 million but rumours continue to circulate about his retirement and then there’s TJ Oshie who is an Unrestricted Free Agent as of July 1st and has a salary of 4.5 million. So are these NHL teams not protecting their stars because they know Vegas is going younger or are they willing to make a deal to get back those they couldn’t protect?

It comes down to if Vegas is willing to take on an older player or a larger salary and there’s no question that it probably isn’t worth it for this new franchise. All in all, it’s likely that Vegas will pick a younger team. But there’s no knowing this until the NHL Awards and Draft this weekend.

My Mock Draft: (*Note: I did not look up salaries for this mock draft*)

 

Anaheim Ducks: Logan Shaw (F)

Arizona Coyotes: Jamie McGinn (F)

Boston Bruins: Adam McQuaid (D)

Buffalo Sabres: William Carrier (F)

Calgary Flames: Troy Brouwer (F)

Carolina Hurricanes: Lee Stempniak (F)

Chicago Blackhawks: Trevor van Riemsdyk (D)

Colorado Avalanche: Mikhail Grigorenko (F)

Columbus Blue Jackets: William Karlsson (F)

Dallas Stars: Cody Eakin (F)

Detroit Red Wings: Petr Mrazek (G)

Edmonton Oilers: Griffin Reinhart (D)

Florida Panthers: Jonathan Marchessault (F)

LA Kings: Brayden McNabb (D)

Minnesota Wild: Erik Haula (F)

Montreal Canadiens: Charles Hudon (F)

Nashville Predators: Colton Sissons (F)

New Jersey Devils: Mike Cammalleri (F)

NY Islanders: Calvin de Haan (D)

NY Rangers: Antti Raanta (G)

Ottawa Senators: Marc Methot (D)

Philadelphia Flyers: Michael Del Zotto (D)

Pittsburgh Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury (G)

San Jose Sharks: Mikkel Boedker (F)

St Louis Blues: David Perron (F)

Tampa Bay Lightning: Jake Dotchin (D)

Toronto Maple Leafs: Roman Polak (D)

Vancouver Canucks: Luca Sbisa (D)

Washington Capitals: Philipp Grubauer (G)

Winnipeg Jets: Marko Dano (F)

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