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Expansion Draft Extravaganza: Picking the Pacific

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Our mock expansion draft rolls along.

2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game - Central vs. Pacific Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

Our first (and only, barring the league growing to 32 teams) Expansion Draft Extravaganza moved into the mock draft phase two days ago, and the beginnings of the Vegas Golden Knights roster are taking shape.

Below is where our iteration of the Knights stands, complete with salary cap space, and progress towards the benchmarks Vegas must hit as part of the Expansion Draft. Keep these in mind as you make your picks a little further down in this post.

Players under contract for 2016-17 (7/20)

Salary Cap space: $51,033,333

Forwards (4/14)

Carl Soderberg (C, $4,750,000)

Cody Eakin (C, $3,850,000)

David Perron (LW, $3,750,000)

Calle Jarnkrok (C, $2,000,000)

Defensemen (3/9)

Jonas Brodin (D, $4,166,667)

Mark Stuart (D, $2,625,000)

Trevor Van Riemsdyk (D, $825,000)

Goaltenders (0/3)

And now, without further adieu, we pick from the Pacific Division.

Anaheim Ducks (h/t Chardougla for protected list)

Poll

Which player (position, cap hit) should Vegas take from Anaheim?

This poll is closed

  • 4%
    Kevin Bieksa (D, $4,000,000)
    (15 votes)
  • 72%
    Jakob Silfverberg (RW, $3,750,000)
    (226 votes)
  • 1%
    Simon Despres (D, $3,700,000)
    (5 votes)
  • 2%
    Clayton Stoner (D, $3,250,000)
    (9 votes)
  • 7%
    Andrew Cogliano (LW, $3,000,000)
    (22 votes)
  • 4%
    Antonine Vermette (C, $1,750,000)
    (13 votes)
  • 0%
    Jared Boll (RW, $900,000)
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Logan Shaw (RW, $650,000)
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Sam Carrick (C, $650,000)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Chris Wagner (C, $637,500)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Corey Tropp (RW, $625,000)
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Nate Thompson (C, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Patrick Eaves (RW, UFA)
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Nicolas Kerdiles (LW, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Emerson Etem (LW, RFA)
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Jaycob Megna (D, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Korbinian Holzer (D, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Spencer Abbott (LW, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Nate Guenin (D, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Jeff Schultz (D, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 2%
    Jonathan Bernier (G, UFA)
    (7 votes)
  • 0%
    Dustin Tokarski (G, $650,000)
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Jhonas Enroth (G, UFA)
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Matt Hackett (G, UFA)
    (0 votes)
310 votes total Vote Now

Arizona Coyotes

Poll

Which player (position, cap hit) should Vegas take from Arizona?

This poll is closed

  • 20%
    Mike Smith (G, $5,666,667)
    (61 votes)
  • 24%
    Jamie McGinn (LW, $3,333,333)
    (73 votes)
  • 4%
    Brad Richardson (RW, $2,083,333)
    (13 votes)
  • 32%
    Luke Schenn (D, $1,250,000)
    (97 votes)
  • 1%
    Shane Doan (RW, UFA)
    (5 votes)
  • 6%
    Radim Vrbata (RW, UFA)
    (20 votes)
  • 0%
    Josh Jooris (C, RFA)
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Jamie McBain (D, UFA)
    (3 votes)
  • 5%
    Teemu Pulkkinen (LW, RFA)
    (16 votes)
  • 0%
    Tyler Gaudet (C, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Mitchell Moroz (LW, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Jeremy Morin (LW, RFA)
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Joe Whitney (LW, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Branden Troock (RW, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 1%
    Jordan Martinook (LW, RFA)
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    Grret Ross (LW, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Jarred Tinordi (D, UFA)
    (3 votes)
301 votes total Vote Now

Calgary Flames (h/t Joonas danskee for protected list)

Poll

Which player should Vegas pick from Calgary?

This poll is closed

  • 11%
    Troy Brouwer (RW, $4,500,000)
    (34 votes)
  • 21%
    Matt Stajan (C, $3,125,000)
    (62 votes)
  • 7%
    Lance Bouma (C, $2,200,000)
    (23 votes)
  • 6%
    Matt Bartkowski (D, $612,500)
    (18 votes)
  • 22%
    Hunter Shinkaruk (C, $863,333)
    (64 votes)
  • 10%
    Freddie Hamilton (C, $612,500)
    (31 votes)
  • 7%
    Brian Elliott (G, UFA)
    (21 votes)
  • 1%
    Chad Johnson (G, UFA)
    (4 votes)
  • 0%
    Brandon Bollig (LW, UFA)
    (1 vote)
  • 1%
    Lindon Vey (RW, RFA)
    (3 votes)
  • 1%
    Michael Stone (D, UFA)
    (4 votes)
  • 3%
    Dennis Wideman (D, UFA)
    (9 votes)
  • 0%
    Deryk Engelland (D, UFA)
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Brett Kulak (D, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Tyler Wotherspoon (D, RFA)
    (1 vote)
  • 3%
    Alex Chiasson (RW, RFA)
    (11 votes)
  • 0%
    Michael Kostka (D, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Emile Porier (LW, RFA)
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Ryan Culkin (D, RFA)
    (0 votes)
289 votes total Vote Now

Edmonton Oilers (h/t LXEagle17 for protected list)

Poll

Which player should Vegas select from Edmonton?

This poll is closed

  • 33%
    Benoit Pouliot (LW, $4,000,000)
    (95 votes)
  • 9%
    Mark Fayne (D, $3,625,000)
    (26 votes)
  • 13%
    Iiro Pakarinen (RW, $725,000)
    (39 votes)
  • 6%
    David Desharnais (C, UFA)
    (19 votes)
  • 12%
    Kris Russell (D, UFA)
    (35 votes)
  • 2%
    Matt Hendricks (LW, UFA)
    (6 votes)
  • 14%
    Griffin Reinhart (D, RFA)
    (40 votes)
  • 1%
    Jujhar Khaira (LW, RFA)
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    Tyler Pitlick (RW, UFA)
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Justin Fontaine (RW, UFA)
    (2 votes)
  • 3%
    Laurent Brossoit (G, $750,000)
    (11 votes)
  • 0%
    Zachary Pochiro (LW, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    David Musil (D, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Dillon Simpson (D, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Jordan Oesterle (D, UFA)
    (2 votes)
282 votes total Vote Now

Los Angeles Kings (h/t Alelock)

Poll

Which player should Vegas pick from Los Angeles?

This poll is closed

  • 10%
    Matt Greene (D, $2,500,000)
    (31 votes)
  • 37%
    Brayden McNabb (D, $1,700,000)
    (108 votes)
  • 20%
    Kyle Clifford (C, $1,600,000)
    (57 votes)
  • 8%
    Jordan Nolan (C, $950,000)
    (23 votes)
  • 5%
    Derek Forbort (D, $650,000)
    (15 votes)
  • 2%
    Nic Dowd (C, $640,000)
    (7 votes)
  • 1%
    Rob Scuderi (D, UFA)
    (4 votes)
  • 2%
    Teddy Purcell (RW, UFA)
    (8 votes)
  • 4%
    Jeff Zatkoff (G, $900,000)
    (12 votes)
  • 1%
    Jack Campbell (G, RFA)
    (4 votes)
  • 0%
    Vincent Loverde (D, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Cameron Schilling (D, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 3%
    Nick Shore (C, RFA)
    (11 votes)
  • 0%
    Andy Andreoff (LW, RFA)
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Andrew Crescenzi (C, RFA)
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Justin Auger (RW, RFA)
    (2 votes)
285 votes total Vote Now

San Jose Sharks (h/t Fear the Fin)

Poll

Which player should Vegas pick from San Jose?

This poll is closed

  • 7%
    Paul Martin (D, $4,850,000)
    (27 votes)
  • 27%
    Mikkel Boedker (LW, $4,000,000)
    (96 votes)
  • 6%
    Joel Ward (RW, $3,275,000)
    (22 votes)
  • 20%
    Brenden Dillon (D, $3,270,000)
    (70 votes)
  • 18%
    David Schlemko (D, $2,100,000)
    (63 votes)
  • 3%
    Dylan DeMelo (D, $650,000)
    (11 votes)
  • 3%
    Patrick Marleau (LW, UFA)
    (11 votes)
  • 0%
    Micheal Haley (C, UFA)
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Ryan Carpenter (C, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 4%
    Mirco Mueller (D, RFA)
    (14 votes)
  • 0%
    Barclay Goodrow (RW, RFA)
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Buddy Robinson (RW, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 1%
    Zack Stortini (RW, UFA)
    (4 votes)
  • 5%
    Aaron Dell (G, $625,000)
    (20 votes)
  • 0%
    Troy Grosenick (G, $650,000)
    (2 votes)
346 votes total Vote Now

Vancouver Canucks

Poll

Which player should Vegas pick from Vancouver?

This poll is closed

  • 33%
    Brandon Sutter (C, $4,375,000)
    (91 votes)
  • 17%
    Derek Dorsett (RW, $2,650,000)
    (48 votes)
  • 20%
    Erik Gudbranson (D, RFA)
    (55 votes)
  • 14%
    Ryan Miller (G, UFA)
    (40 votes)
  • 1%
    Richard Bachman (G, UFA)
    (3 votes)
  • 1%
    Joseph Cramarossa (C, RFA)
    (4 votes)
  • 2%
    Brendan Gaunce (C, RFA)
    (6 votes)
  • 1%
    Jack Skille (RW, UFA)
    (4 votes)
  • 5%
    Alex Biega (D, $750,000)
    (14 votes)
  • 1%
    Michael Chaput (C, RFA)
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Alexandre Grenier (RW, UFA)
    (1 vote)
  • 1%
    Michael Zalewski (LW, RFA)
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Anton Rodin (RW, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Borna Rendulic (RW, UFA)
    (1 vote)
273 votes total Vote Now