Vegas Golden Knights: New Mock With Official Protection Lists

The Expansion Draft is Just Three Days Away, And With All 30 Teams Releasing Their Protection Lists, Puck Prose Brings to You Another Mock for the Vegas Golden Knights.

All thirty teams have released their protection lists, and one that caught me by surprise was the Islanders, they chose to protect only three forwards in order to protect most of their defensive crop. Now, this is a semi-smart move, and the reason I say this is because now the Isles have a ton of talent up front left for the picking and someone extremely skilled is going to go to the Vegas Golden Knights.

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May 31, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA: General overall view of the T-Mobile Arena exterior and Toshiba Plaza on Las Vegas Blvd. on the Las Vegas strip. The facility will be the home of the NHL expansion franchise Vegas Golden Knights which will begin play during the 2017-18 season. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The rest of the teams followed the basic 7-3-1, and 4-4-1 plans, so here is all teams listed on who they have protected come the expansion draft. At the very bottom, I will have my picks as well as a potential depth chart.

All 30 Protection Lists are Via TheScore.com

Legend:
F – Forward
D – Defense
G – Goalie
NMC – No Movement Clause

Anaheim Ducks
Andrew Cogliano (F)
Ryan Getzlaf (F) (NMC)
Ryan Kesler (F) (NMC)
Corey Perry (F) (NMC)
Rickard Rakell (F)
Jakob Silfverberg (F)
Antoine Vermette (F)
Kevin Bieksa (D) (NMC)
Cam Fowler (D)
Hampus Lindholm (D)
John Gibson (G)

Arizona Coyotes
Nick Cousins (F)
Anthony Duclair (F)
Jordan Martinook (F)
Tobias Rieder (F)
Oliver Ekman-Larsson (D)
Alex Goligoski (D) (NMC)
Connor Murphy (D)
Luke Schenn (D)
Chad Johnson (G)

Boston Bruins
David Backes (F) (NMC)
Patrice Bergeron (F) (NMC)
David Krejci (F) (NMC)
Brad Marchand (F)
Riley Nash (F)
David Pastrnak (F)
Ryan Spooner (F)
Zdeno Chara (D) (NMC)
Torey Krug (D)
Kevan Miller (D)
Tuukka Rask G)

Buffalo Sabres
Tyler Ennis (F)
Marcus Foligno (F)
Zemgus Girgensons (F)
Evander Kane (F)
Johan Larsson (F)
Ryan O’Reilly (F)
Kyle Okposo (F) (NMC)
Nathan Beaulieu (D)
Jake McCabe (D)
Rasmus Ristolainen (D)
Robin Lehner (G)

Calgary Flames
Mikael Backlund (F)
Sam Bennett (F)
Micheal Ferland (F)
Michael Frolik (F)
Johnny Gaudreau (F)
Curtis Lazar (F)
Sean Monahan (F)
T.J. Brodie (D)
Mark Giordano (D)
Dougie Hamilton (D)
Mike Smith (G)

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Apr 8, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) in the second period of the game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina Hurricanes
Phillip Di Giuseppe (F)
Elias Lindholm (F)
Brock McGinn (F)
Victor Rask (F)
Jeff Skinner (F)
Jordan Staal (F) (NMC)
Teuvo Teravainen (F)
Trevor Carrick (D)
Justin Faulk (D)
Ryan Murphy (D)
Scott Darling (G)

Chicago Blackhawks
Artem Anisimov (F) (NMC)
Ryan Hartman (F)
Marian Hossa (F) (NMC)
Tomas Jurco (F)
Patrick Kane (F) (NMC)
Richard Panik (F)
Jonathan Toews (F) (NMC)
Niklas Hjalmarsson (D) (NMC)
Duncan Keith (D) (NMC)
Brent Seabrook (D) (NMC)
Corey Crawford (G) (NMC)

Colorado Avalanche
Sven Andrighetto (F)
Blake Comeau (F)
Matt Duchene (F)
Rocco Grimaldi (F)
Gabriel Landeskog (F)
Nathan MacKinnon (F)
Matthew Nieto (F)
Tyson Barrie (D)
Erik Johnson (D) (NMC)
Nikita Zadorov (D)
Semyon Varlamov (G)

Columbus Blue Jackets
Cam Atkinson (F)
Brandon Dubinsky (F) (NMC)
Nick Foligno (F) (NMC)
Scott Hartnell (F) (NMC)
Boone Jenner (F)
Brandon Saad (F)
Alexander Wennberg (F)
Seth Jones (D)
Ryan Murray (D)
David Savard (D)
Sergei Bobrovsky (G) (NMC)

Dallas Stars
Jamie Benn (F) (NMC)
Radek Faksa (F)
Valeri Nichushkin (F)
Brett Ritchie (F)
Antoine Roussel (F)
Tyler Seguin (F)
Jason Spezza (F) (NMC)
Stephen Johns (D)
John Klingberg (D)
Esa Lindell (D)
Ben Bishop (G) (NMC)

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May 5, 2017; Anaheim, CA, USA; Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (97) looks on against the Anaheim Ducks during the first period in game five of the second round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Honda Center. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Detroit Red Wings
Justin Abdelkader (F)
Andreas Athanasiou (F)
Anthony Mantha (F)
Frans Nielsen (F) (NMC)
Gustav Nyquist (F)
Tomas Tatar (F)
Henrik Zetterberg (F)
Danny DeKeyser (D)
Mike Green (D)
Nick Jensen (D)
Jimmy Howard (G)

Edmonton Oilers
Leon Draisaitl (F)
Jordan Eberle (F)
Zack Kassian (F)
Mark Letestu (F)
Milan Lucic (F) (NMC)
Patrick Maroon (F)
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (F)
Oscar Klefbom (D)
Adam Larsson (D)
Andrej Sekera (D) (NMC)
Cam Talbot (G) (NMC)

Florida Panthers
Aleksander Barkov (F)
Nick Bjugstad (F)
Jonathan Huberdeau (F)
Vincent Trocheck (F)
Aaron Ekblad (D)
Alex Petrovic (D)
Mark Pysyk (D)
Keith Yandle (D) (NMC)
James Reimer (G)

Los Angeles Kings
Jeff Carter (F)
Anze Kopitar (F) (NMC)
Tanner Pearson (F)
Tyler Toffoli (F)
Drew Doughty (D)
Derek Forbort (D)
Alec Martinez (D)
Jake Muzzin (D)
Jonathan Quick (G)

Minnesota Wild
Charlie Coyle (F)
Mikael Granlund (F)
Mikko Koivu (F) (NMC)
Nino Niederreiter (F)
Zach Parise (F) (NMC)
Jason Pominville (F) (NMC)
Jason Zucker (F)
Jonas Brodin (D)
Jared Spurgeon (D)
Ryan Suter (D) (NMC)
Devan Dubnyk (G)

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Jun 8, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban (76) looks on against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period in game five of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final at PPG PAINTS Arena. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens
Paul Byron (F)
Phillip Danault (F)
Jonathan Drouin (F)
Alex Galchenyuk (F)
Brendan Gallagher (F)
Max Pacioretty (F)
Andrew Shaw (F)
Jordie Benn (D)
Jeff Petry (D) (NMC)
Shea Weber (D)
Carey Price (G) (NMC)

Nashville Predators
Viktor Arvidsson (F)
Filip Forsberg (F)
Calle Jarnkrok (F)
Ryan Johansen (F)
Mattias Ekholm (D)
Ryan Ellis (D)
Roman Josi (D)
P.K. Subban (D)
Pekka Rinne (G) (NMC)

New Jersey Devils
Taylor Hall (F)
Adam Henrique (F)
Kyle Palmieri (F)
Travis Zajac (F)
Andy Greene (D)
John Moore (D)
Mirco Mueller (D)
Damon Severson (D)
Cory Schneider (G)

New York Islanders
Andrew Ladd (F) (NMC)
Anders Lee (F)
John Tavares (F) (NMC)
Johnny Boychuk (D) (NMC)
Travis Hamonic (D)
Nick Leddy (D)
Adam Pelech (D)
Ryan Pulock (D)
Thomas Greiss (G)

New York Rangers
Kevin Hayes (F)
Chris Kreider (F)
J.T. Miller (F)
Rick Nash (F) (NMC)
Derek Stepan (F)
Mika Zibanejad (F)
Mats Zuccarello (F)
Nick Holden (D)
Ryan McDonagh (D)
Marc Staal (D) (NMC)
Henrik Lundqvist (G) (NMC)

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Jun 11, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) skates with the puck against the Nashville Predators during the third period in game six of the 2017 Stanley Cup Final at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Ottawa Senators
Derick Brassard (F)
Ryan Dzingel (F)
Mike Hoffman (F)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau (F)
Zack Smith (F)
Mark Stone (F)
Kyle Turris (F)
Cody Ceci (D)
Erik Karlsson (D)
Dion Phaneuf (D) (NMC)
Craig Anderson (G)

Philadelphia Flyers
Sean Couturier (F)
Valtteri Filppula (F) (NMC)
Claude Giroux (F) (NMC)
Scott Laughton (F)
Brayden Schenn (F)
Wayne Simmonds (F)
Jakub Voracek (F)
Shayne Gostisbehere (D)
Radko Gudas (D)
Brandon Manning (D)
Anthony Stolarz (G)

Pittsburgh Penguins
Sidney Crosby (F) (NMC)
Patric Hornqvist (F)
Phil Kessel (F) (NMC)
Evgeni Malkin (F) (NMC)
Brian Dumoulin (D)
Kris Letang (D) (NMC)
Olli Maatta (D)
Justin Schultz (D)
Matthew Murray (G)

San Jose Sharks
Ryan Carpenter (F)
Logan Couture (F)
Jannik Hansen (F)
Tomas Hertl (F)
Melker Karlsson (F)
Joe Pavelski (F)
Chris Tierney (F)
Justin Braun (D)
Brent Burns (D)
Marc-Edouard Vlasic (D)
Martin Jones (G)

St. Louis Blues
Patrik Berglund (F)
Ryan Reaves (F)
Jaden Schwartz (F)
Vladimir Sobotka (F)
Paul Stastny (F)
Alex Steen (F)
Vladimir Tarasenko (F)
Jay Bouwmeester (D)
Joel Edmundson (D)
Alex Pietrangelo (D)
Jake Allen (G)

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Apr 23, 2017; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews (34) skates with the puck against the Washington Capitals in game six of the first round of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Air Canada Centre. The Capitals beat the Maple Leafs 2-1 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Lightning
Ryan Callahan (F) (NMC)
Tyler Johnson (F)
Alex Killorn (F)
Nikita Kucherov (F)
Vladislav Namestnikov (F)
Ondrej Palat (F)
Steven Stamkos (F) (NMC)
Braydon Coburn (D)
Victor Hedman (D) (NMC)
Anton Stralman (D)
Andrei Vasilevskiy (G)

Toronto Maple Leafs
Tyler Bozak (F)
Connor Brown (F)
Nazem Kadri (F)
Leo Komarov (F)
Josh Leivo (F)
Matt Martin (F)
James van Riemsdyk (F)
Connor Carrick (D)
Jake Gardiner (D)
Morgan Rielly (D)
Frederik Andersen (G)

Vancouver Canucks
Sven Baertschi (F)
Loui Eriksson (F) (NMC)
Markus Granlund (F)
Bo Horvat (F)
Daniel Sedin (F) (NMC)
Henrik Sedin (F) (NMC)
Brandon Sutter (F)
Alexander Edler (D)
Erik Gudbranson (D)
Chris Tanev (D)
Jacob Markstrom (G)

Washington Capitals
Nicklas Backstrom (F)
Andre Burakovsky (F)
Lars Eller (F)
Marcus Johansson (F)
Evgeny Kuznetsov (F)
Alex Ovechkin (F)
Tom Wilson (F)
John Carlson (D)
Matt Niskanen (D)
Dmitry Orlov (D)
Braden Holtby (G)

Winnipeg Jets
Joel Armia (F)
Andrew Copp (F)
Bryan Little (F)
Adam Lowry (F)
Mathieu Perreault (F)
Mark Scheifele (F)
Blake Wheeler (F)
Dustin Byfuglien (D) (NMC)
Tyler Myers (D)
Jacob Trouba (D)
Connor Hellebuyck (G)

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Feb 4, 2017; Columbus, OH, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Michael Cammalleri (13) looks to pass during the first period against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russell LaBounty-USA TODAY Sports

Projected Cap Hit: $65,954,166
Project Cap Space: $7,045,834
Players Under Contract: 30/20

Josh Manson (ANA), Brad Richardson (ARI), Colin Miller (BOS), Linus Ullmark (BUF), Lance Bouma (CGY), Eddie Lack (CAR), Marcus Kruger (CHI), Joe Colborne (COL), Lukas Sedlak (CBJ), Greg Pateryn (DAL), Jonathan Ericsson (DET), Benoit Pouliot (EDM), Reilly Smith (FLA), Kyle Clifford (LA), Mathew Dumba (MIN), Alexei Emelin (MTL), Colton Sissons (NSH), Mike Cammalleri (NJ), Ryan Strome (NYI), Matt Puempel (NYR), Chris Wideman (OTT), Michael Raffl (PHI), Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT), Aaron Dell (SJ), Dmitrij Jaskin (STL), Cedric Paquette (TB), Martin Marincin (TOR), Luca Sbisa (VAN), Jay Beagle (WSH), Marko Dano (WPG).

Now both Smith, Cammalleri, and Fleury give the Knights three players who make $5 million or more in the next few season, this definitely helps them reach the cap floor. With guys like Ericsson, Emelin, and Pouliot in the $4 million area provides a little more cushion as they make their way to the $73 million max cap hit allowed for next season. Cammalleri is the oldest at 35 years old while both Dumba and Dano are each 22 years old.

Mike CammalleriMarcus KrugerReilly Smith
Benoit PouliotRyan StromeMichael Raffl
Colton SissonsCedric PaquetteDmitrij Jaskin
Kyle CliffordJay BeagleMarko Dano

Jonathan EricssonAlexei Emelin
Mathew DumbaColin Miller
Josh MansonChris Wideman

Marc-Andre Fleury
Eddie Lack

Chicago Wolves:
Lance BoumaJoe ColborneMatt Puempel
Lukas SedlakBrad Richardson

Luca SbisaGreg Pateryn
Martin Marincin

Aaron Dell
Linus Ullmark

Now if the Knights look anything like this or come close to this, they are going to be extremely competitive right out of the gate and should make for a very interesting year one in the NHL. Myself being a die hard Leafs fan, I’m super excited to see what this team will look like come June 21st, and especially the jerseys, because who doesn’t love a beautiful looking sweater right?

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