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 Wild 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? Dumba seems like the obvious choice, but might Vegas be interested in Staal, Stewart or Scandella? Or, maybe they sign Hanzal during the exclusive negotiation window and do the Wild a favor?
What do you think of Fletcher’s choices? Exposing Dumba is certainly a bit of a shock, but maybe he has a side deal in place to ensure his protection? We’ll find out on Wednesday evening.