With the NHL Expansion Draft and the birth of the Vegas Golden Knights just over two days away, the entire league is buzzing with anticipation. And now that the protected lists have been made public, fans and analysts are pouring over the list of available players and putting together their best guesses at what the NHLs 31st franchise might look like.
With the Red Wings releasing their protected list yesterday, it’s now clear who will be up for grabs. Take a look for yourself:
Who do you think Vegas general manager George McPhee scoops up? Mrazek seems like the obvious choice, but what about Helm, Sheahan, Ericsson or Ouellet?
Holland’s choice to protect Jimmy Howard over Mrazek is the subject of huge debate online amongst Wings fans and analysts. Unless the Wings’ boss has a side-deal to keep McPhee away from drafting their 25 year old up and coming goaltender, expect the Wings to lose him for nothing.