Becky Wetherington

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Vegas Mock Draft

With the addition of the Vegas Golden Knights to the NHL, they will have to have players to field a team. Of course, the final roster (there won’t be 30 players on the final roster) must fit under the salary cap of $75 million, while it must be above the $55.4 million floor. The Golden Knights must pick at least 13 forwards, 9 defensemen and 3 goalies. The expansion roster will be revealed on June 21st. Here is my best guess at which player gets taken from what team (I did not try to predict any trades).

Anaheim Ducks: Josh Manson, D ($825,000, RFA, 2018)
Arizona Coyotes: Alexander Burmistrov, F (RFA)
Boston Bruins: Colin Miller, D ($1,000,000, RFA, 2018)
Buffalo Sabres: William Carrier, F ($689,167, RFA, 2018)
Calgary Flames: Brett Kulak, D ($656,667, RFA)
Carolina Hurricanes: Lee Stempniak, F ($2,500,000, UFA, 2018)
Chicago Blackhawks: Trevor van Riemsdyk, D ($825,000, RFA, 2018)
Colorado Avalanche: Calvin Pickard, G ($1,000,000, RFA, 2018)
Columbus Blue Jackets: William Karlsson, F ($1,000,000, RFA, 2018)
Dallas Stars: Cody Eakin, F ($3,850,000, UFA, 2020)
Detroit Red Wings: Petr Mrazek, G ($4,000,000, RFA, 2018)
Edmonton Oilers: Jujhar Khaira, F ($675,000, RFA, 2019)
Florida Panthers: Jonathan Marchessault, F ($750,000, UFA, 2018)
Los Angeles Kings: Brayden McNabb, D ($1,700,000, UFA, 2018)
Minnesota Wild: Matt Dumba, D ($2,550,000, RFA, 2018)
Montreal Canadiens: Charles Hudon, F ($650,000, RFA, 2019)
Nashville Predators: James Neal, F ($5,000,000, UFA, 2018)
New Jersey Devils: Mike Cammalleri, F ($5,000,000, UFA, 2019)
New York Islanders: Brock Nelson, F ($2,500,000, RFA, 2018)
New York Rangers: Antti Raanta, G ($1,000,000, UFA, 2018)
Ottawa Senators: Marc Methot, D ($4,900,000, UFA, 2019)
Philadelphia Flyers: Michal Neuvirth, G ($2,500,000, UFA, 2019)
Pittsburgh Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury, G ($5,750,000, UFA, 2019)
St. Louis Blues: David Perron, F ($3,750,000, UFA, 2018)
San Jose Sharks: David Schlemko, D ($2,100,000, UFA, 2020)
Tampa Bay Lightning: Jake Dotchin, D (RFA)
Toronto Maple Leafs: Kerby Rychel, F ($863,333, RFA, 2018)
Vancouver Canucks: Brendan Gaunce, F (RFA)
Washington Capitals: Nate Schmidt, D (RFA)
Winnipeg Jets: Marko Dano, F ($850,000, RFA, 2018)

10 defensemen
15 forwards
5 goalies