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Expansion Draft Extravaganza: Choosing the Central

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We begin our mock expansion draft with the central division.

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The time has come to begin selecting the Vegas Golden Knights’ inaugural roster in our Expansion Draft Extravaganza.

We’ll be picking the team division by division, and we begin with the seven teams in the Central Division. You’ll need to select one (1) player from each team in the seven polls below. The player with the highest number of votes from each team will be the player Vegas selects in our Expansion Draft Extravaganza. Any player not listed is exempt or was part of the team’s protection list.

Here are the rules to keep in mind, courtesy of the NHL:

* The Las Vegas franchise must select the following number of players at each position: 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goaltenders.

* The Las Vegas franchise must select a minimum of 20 players who are under contract for the 2017-18 season.

* The Las Vegas franchise must select players with an aggregate Expansion Draft value that is between 60-100% [$43.8 million and $73 million] of the prior season's upper limit for the salary cap.

In each subsequent division post, we’ll include an updated roster and salary cap tally to inform your selections. Each list of available players is pretty long, so read carefully to ensure you’re making the pick you want.

Good picking to you!

Chicago Blackhawks (h/t We’re Gonna Need A Bigger Podcast for protected list)

Poll

Which player (position, cap hit) should Vegas select from Chicago?

This poll is closed

  • 16%
    Marcus Kruger (C, $3,083,333)
    (30 votes)
  • 26%
    Richard Panik (RW, $2,800,000)
    (48 votes)
  • 8%
    Ryan Hartman (RW, $863,333)
    (15 votes)
  • 3%
    Jordin Tootoo (RW, $700,000)
    (6 votes)
  • 1%
    Andrew Desjardins (C, UFA)
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Pierre-Cedric Labrie (LW, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Brandon Mashinter (LW, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Michael Latta (C, RFA)
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Dennis Rasmussen (C, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Tomas Jurco (C, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 34%
    Trevor Van Riemsdyk (D, $825,000)
    (63 votes)
  • 0%
    Viktor Svedberg (D, $750,000)
    (1 vote)
  • 3%
    Brian Campbell (D, UFA)
    (7 votes)
  • 3%
    Johnny Oduya (D, UFA)
    (6 votes)
  • 0%
    Ville Pokka (D, UFA)
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Jeff Glass (G, $612,250)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Mac Carruth (G, UFA)
    (1 vote)
181 votes total Vote Now

Colorado Avalanche protected list

Poll

Which player (position, cap hit) should Vegas select from Colorado?

This poll is closed

  • 25%
    Carl Soderberg (C, $4,750,000)
    (43 votes)
  • 22%
    Blake Comeau (LW, $2,400,000)
    (39 votes)
  • 2%
    Gabriel Bourque (LW, UFA)
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    John Mitchell (C, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Turner Elson (LW, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 4%
    Rene Bourque (LW, UFA)
    (8 votes)
  • 0%
    Felix Girard (C, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Jim O’Brien (C, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Troy Bourke (C, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Brendan Ranford (LW, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Samuel Henley (C, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Mike Sislo (RW, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 1%
    Rocco Grimaldi (C, RFA)
    (3 votes)
  • 3%
    Mark Barberio (D, $750,000)
    (6 votes)
  • 1%
    Fedor Tyutin (D, UFA)
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Mat Clark (D, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 1%
    Eric Gelinas (D, RFA)
    (3 votes)
  • 3%
    Patrick Wiercioch (D, RFA)
    (6 votes)
  • 1%
    Duncan Siemens (D, RFA)
    (2 votes)
  • 11%
    Nikita Zadorov (D, RFA)
    (20 votes)
  • 0%
    Cody Goloubef (D, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 18%
    Calvin Pickard (G, $1,000,000)
    (31 votes)
  • 0%
    Jeremy Smith (G, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Joe Cantana (G, UFA)
    (1 vote)
170 votes total Vote Now

Dallas Stars (h/t Sierra Morley for protected list)

Poll

Which player (position, cap hit) should Vegas select from Dallas?

This poll is closed

  • 44%
    Cody Eakin (C, $3,850,000)
    (74 votes)
  • 4%
    Curtis McKenzie (LW, $700,000)
    (7 votes)
  • 8%
    Adam Cracknell (RW, $675,000)
    (15 votes)
  • 0%
    Justin Dowling (C, $650,000)
    (0 votes)
  • 8%
    Jiri Hudler (LW, UFA)
    (15 votes)
  • 0%
    Mark McNeill (RW, RFA)
    (1 vote)
  • 1%
    Gernel Smith (C, RFA)
    (2 votes)
  • 2%
    Brett Ritchie (RW, RFA)
    (4 votes)
  • 0%
    Matej Stransky (RW, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 10%
    Valeri Nichuskin (RW, KHL)
    (17 votes)
  • 1%
    Greg Pateryn (D, $800,000)
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Andrew Bodnarchuk (D, $725,000)
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Dustin Stevenson (D, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Ludwig Bystrom (D, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 4%
    Jamie Oleksiak (D, RFA)
    (8 votes)
  • 0%
    Patrik Nemeth (D, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Nick Ebert (D, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 1%
    Mattias Backman (D, RFA)
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Justin Hache (D, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 4%
    Kari Lehtonen (G, $5,900,000)
    (8 votes)
  • 7%
    Antti Niemi (G, $4,500,000)
    (12 votes)
  • 0%
    Maxime Legace (G, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Justin Peters (G, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Henri Kivaho (G, RFA)
    (0 votes)
168 votes total Vote Now

Minnesota Wild (h/t Sierra Morley for protected list)

Poll

Which player (position, cap hit) should Vegas select from Minnesota?

This poll is closed

  • 23%
    Jason Zucker (LW, $2,000,000)
    (40 votes)
  • 10%
    Chris Stewart (RW, $1,150,000)
    (17 votes)
  • 0%
    Tyler Graovac (C, $625,000)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Jordan Schroeder (C, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 4%
    Erik Haula (C, RFA)
    (7 votes)
  • 7%
    Martin Hanzal (C, UFA)
    (13 votes)
  • 0%
    Zack Mitchell (RW, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Ryan Carter (C, UFA)
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Brady Brassart (C, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Kurtis Gabriel (RW, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Ryan White (C, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Patrick Cannone (C, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 39%
    Jonas Brodin (D, $4,166,667)
    (67 votes)
  • 8%
    Marco Scandella (D, $4,000,000)
    (14 votes)
  • 0%
    Gustav Oloffson (D, RFA)
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Nate Prosser (D, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Christian Folin (D, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Alexander Gudbranson (D, RFA)
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Victor Bartley (D, UFA)
    (1 vote)
  • 2%
    Alex Stalock (G, $650,000)
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    Darcy Kuemper (G, UFA)
    (1 vote)
168 votes total Vote Now

Nashville Predators (h/t FloatingBoat)

Poll

Which player (position, cap hit) should Vegas select from Nashville?

This poll is closed

  • 12%
    Craig Smith (C, $4,250,000)
    (22 votes)
  • 18%
    Colin Wilson (C, $3,937,500)
    (32 votes)
  • 33%
    Calle Jarnkrok (C, $2,000,000)
    (57 votes)
  • 4%
    Cody McLeod (LW, $1,333,333)
    (8 votes)
  • 15%
    Colton Sissons (C, $625,000)
    (26 votes)
  • 0%
    Cody Bass (C, $612,500)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Miikka Salomaki (RW, $612,500)
    (0 votes)
  • 8%
    Matt Irwin (D, $650,000)
    (15 votes)
  • 0%
    Andrew O’Brien (D, $650,000)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Anthony Bitetto (D, $612,500)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Peter Granberg (D, $612,500)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Trevor Smith (C, $612,250)
    (0 votes)
  • 2%
    Mike Fisher (C, UFA)
    (4 votes)
  • 0%
    Harry Zolnierczyk (LW, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 1%
    P.A. Parenteau (RW, UFA)
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Austin Watson (LW, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Vernon Fiddler (C, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Pontus Alberg (LW, UFA)
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Mike Ribeiro (C, UFA)
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Yannick Weber (D, UFA)
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Adam Pardy (D, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Brad Hunt (D, UFA)
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Jaynen Rissling (D, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Marek Mazanec (G, $575,000)
    (0 votes)
170 votes total Vote Now

St. Louis Blues (h/t Captain97G for protected list)

Poll

Which player (position, cap hit) should Vegas select from St. Louis?

This poll is closed

  • 27%
    Jori Lehtera (C, $4,700,000)
    (35 votes)
  • 27%
    David Perron (LW, $3,750,000)
    (35 votes)
  • 3%
    Ryan Reaves (RW, $1,125,000)
    (5 votes)
  • 3%
    Kyle Brodziak (C, $950,000)
    (4 votes)
  • 18%
    Carl Gunnarsson (D, $2,900,000)
    (24 votes)
  • 1%
    Robert Bortuzzo (D, $1,150,000)
    (2 votes)
  • 4%
    Carter Hutton (G, $1,125,000)
    (6 votes)
  • 7%
    Magnus Paajarvi (LW, RFA)
    (9 votes)
  • 1%
    Scottie Upshall (LW, UFA)
    (2 votes)
  • 3%
    Ty Rattie (RW, RFA)
    (4 votes)
  • 0%
    Andrew Agozzino (LW, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Jacob Doty (C, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Landon Ferraro (C, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Jordan Caron (RW, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Kenny Agostino (LW, UFA)
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Chris Butler (D, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Petteri Lindbohm (D, RFA)
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Reid McNeil (D, UFA)
    (0 votes)
128 votes total Vote Now

Winnipeg Jets (h/t Ian Reid for protected list)

Poll

Which player (position, cap hit) should Vegas select from Winnipeg?

This poll is closed

  • 27%
    Mark Stuart (D, $2,625,000)
    (43 votes)
  • 11%
    Shawn Matthias (C, $2,125,000)
    (18 votes)
  • 14%
    Adam Lowry (LW, $1,125,000)
    (23 votes)
  • 8%
    Joel Armia (RW, $925,000)
    (13 votes)
  • 0%
    Julian Melchiori (D, $625,000)
    (1 vote)
  • 20%
    Marko Dano (C, RFA)
    (32 votes)
  • 0%
    Chris Thorburn (RW, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 3%
    Andrew Copp (C, RFA)
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    Ben Chiarot (D, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Quinton Howden (C, RFA)
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Brian Strait (D, UFA)
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Ivan Telegin (LW, KHL)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Scott Kosmachuk (RW, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Ryan Olsen (C, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    JC Lipon (C, RFA)
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Brenden Kichton (D, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 8%
    Michael Hutchinson (G, $1,150,000)
    (14 votes)
  • 3%
    Ondrej Pavelec (G, UFA)
    (6 votes)
158 votes total Vote Now