The annual awards ceremonies will be held in Las Vegas on Wednesday.
There is a temptation to say there has never been a moment quite like this before in National Hockey League history - where George McPhee, the general manager of the Vegas Golden Knights, is acting as a broker for the mixed bag of talent made available to him Sunday morning as part of the 2017 expansion draft proceedings.
With these requirements in mind, The Sports Daily took a whack at predicting the Golden Knights' selections, which will be announced Wednesday during the National Hockey League awards show.
The now released unprotected list has sent several experts into a frenzy trying to figure out just who exactly the Golden Knights will take.
Washington isn't the only team that might see a talented player plucked from its roster for nothing. As for defensemen, Buffalo's Zach Bogosian and Dallas' Dan Hamhuis are available.
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The Predators were put in a bind in being forced to expose Neal, a 10-time 20-goal-scorer, because they elected to protect a fourth defenseman.
Minnesota's plethora of blue liners made Matt Dumba, 22, and Marco Scandella, 27, available unless the Wild is willing to fork something over, and 25-year-old right-shooting Trevor van Riemsdyk from Chicago seems ticketed for the Golden Knights.
In addition to goaltender Thomas Greiss, the Islanders protected five defensemen - Nick Leddy, Johnny Boychuk, and Travis Hamonic, plus youngsters Ryan Pulock and Adam Pelech.
Top Anaheim defensemen Josh Manson and Sami Vatanen were exposed, as was forward Jon Marchessault, a 26-year-old 30-goal scorer in Florida this past season. There's also a surplus of young goaltending talent, including Detroit's Petr Mrazek, Washington's Philipp Grubauer, the Rangers' Raanta and Colorado's Calvin Pickard. Vancouver's 2012 first-round pick, Brendan Gaunce, was exposed. Any pending free agent signed would count as Vegas' expansion-draft selection from that player's team. The Golden Knights are able to complete trades and TSN reports they already have trades in place. Along with that possibility, it's important to note that this team is still limited to plucking one player from each roster, although there are hypothetical scenarios where they might yield creative combinations via trades.
Everyone knew that the NHL Expansion Draft was going to be interesting.
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Smith then added that the "Celtics are planning on acquiring" Butler with the third pick if the Bulls are willing to make a deal similar to the one offered to the Sixers.
"We're going to put our team together and we'll watch it come to life in front of us", McPhee said.
That's what Arizona Coyotes GM John Chayka was thinking after trading veteran goalie Mike Smith to Calgary on Saturday. "They only need a couple, and there's opportunities for trades from that perspective".
What's more likely is, as part of a prearranged deal, Vegas will select a lesser player from Minnesota, but land a high-end prospect such as Joel Eriksson Ek, Jordan Greenway, Alex Tuch or Kirill Kapizov in exchange. With the threat that Anaheim could have traded Vatanen to any number of suitors, Duck general manager Bob Murray may have threatened to trade Vatanen - something the Golden Knights probably did not want.
The Vegas Golden Knights have said they want to build around youth, so they're using the upcoming expansion draft as a chance to load up on draft picks.
They are the only team that has the ability to sign an unprotected unrestricted or restricted free agent until 7:59 a.m. Wednesday.
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The 2017 NHL Expansion Draft will take place this week.