Sunday, June 18, 2017

Former Dogs left protected and unprotected for Las Vegas Expansion Draft

The NHL released the list of players that will and won't be available for Wednesday's Las Vegas Golden Knights expansion draft.

A handful of former Sea Dogs have been made available for the Golden Knights. Here's who was left unprotected, via TSN:

Alex Grant - Boston Bruins
Eric Gelinas - Colorado Avalanche
Brett Gallant - Columbus Blue Jackets
Chris DiDomenico - Ottawa Senators
Stanislav Galiev - Washington Capitals

With Gerard Gallant and Mike Kelly on the Golden Knights coaching staff, you have to think the team will think favourably of Sea Dogs alumni. However, the above players aren't exactly NHL all-stars with most spending much of last season in the AHL. Given the way the expansion draft rules work, it's certainly likely Vegas won't select any of these players - but you never know, I guess.

Nathan Beaulieu (Buffalo Sabres), Tomas Jurco (Chicago Blackhawks), Jonathan Huberdeau (Florida Panthers), Charlie Coyle (Minnesota Wild) and Mike Hoffman (Ottawa Senators) were all protected by their respective teams. The only real surprise on that list was Jurco.

The NHL Awards and Expansion Draft take place on Wednesday at 9 p.m. in Las Vegas. The NHL Draft takes place on Friday and Saturday in Chicago.

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