Players with two years or less of professional experience are automatically exempt from the draft, meaning that the Blues did not have to protect forwards Ivan Barbashev, Robby Fabbri and Zach Sanford and defensemen Colton Parayko and Jordan Schmaltz. This means that Panarin does not have to be protected since he can not be selected by Vegas.
Saturday's trade deadline for teams looking to shuffle potentially exposed players around came and went with only a few deals being made; something which came as a pleasant surprise to McPhee.
The Knights acknowledged as much when they released the following press release late Saturday. "Mainly because typically you trade a player - it's hard, the player's given you what they've given you". According to The Columbus Dispatch, the Blue Jackets have already agreed to deal their first-round pick this year and a prospect to Vegas for McPhee to steer clear of forward Josh Anderson, young goaltender Joonas Korpisalo and defenseman Jack Johnson. Anaheim wants to keep defensemen Sami Vatanen and Josh Manson, Columbus wants to keep goalie Joonas Korpisalo, forward Josh Anderson, and defenseman Jack Johnson, and NY wants to keep forwards Josh Bailey and Casey Cizikas.
McPhee seems ready to let the games - and negotiations - begin.
As a result, the Golden Knights are demanding draft picks from those teams in order to be steered to selecting other players.
Vladislav Namestnikov, Nate Schmidt, Sami Vatanen, and Jason Zucker are also included in the list of draft players that could be picked by the Vegas Golden Knights. "That really didn't happen, which we were really happy about", said McPhee. They'll get a pretty good head start, better than a lot of expansion teams have in the past.
Nashville GM David Poile said he has spoken with McPhee and that the Predators will do the best we can to protect as many assets as we can..
"Some teams I'm sure are trying to do deals with Las Vegas if they have higher end players that they're willing to subsidize". You can negotiate your way out of this if you wish'. "Every team is this league has a chance to protect their roster. We will not make a claim with any club before we talk to the club".
Each team must expose one defenseman and two forwards under contract for next season who played a minimum of 40 National Hockey League games last season or 70 games over the past two. Ottawa GM Pierre Dorion hoped Dion Phaneuf would waive his no-movement clause and risk exposure because his age (32) and contract - four more years with a $7 million annual cap hit - likely wouldn't appeal to Vegas.
"We were preparing as if the cap would remain flat, so the additional wiggle room might allow teams to retain a guy or get a guy they might normally not have been able to afford", a western conference executive told Postmedia on Sunday.
Trevor Lewis, center: Role player who simply can't be protected under the rules. His $5.75 million deal runs through 2019.
Hartman is coming off a great rookie season during which he recorded 19 goals and 12 assists, and considering that work the Blackhawks were going to do what was necessary to protect him. Vancouver's 2012 first-round pick, Brendan Gaunce, was exposed.