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Expansion Draft Extravaganza: Assessing the Atlantic

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We shift our mock expansion draft to the opposite coast.

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Florida Panthers Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

The Expansion Draft Extravaganza (trademark still pending) now sets its sights upon the Atlantic Division. The roster is beginning to take significant shape, as you’ve drafted over half of the defensemen and forwards needed to field a roster. Read where the roster currently stands below, then once you have a sense of Vegas’ needs, scroll down to pick from the Atlantic Division.

Players under contract for 2016-17 (14/20)

Salary Cap Space: $31,958,333

Forwards (8/14)

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

Brandon Sutter (C, $4,375,000)

Benoit Pouliot (LW, $4,000,000)

Mikkel Boedker (LW, $4,000,000)

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

Jakob Silfverberg (RW, $3,750,000)

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

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

Hunter Shinkaruk (C, $863,333)

Defensemen (5/9)

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

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

Brayden McNabb (D, $1,700,000)

Luke Schenn (D, $1,250,000)

Trevor Van Riemsdyk (D, $825,000)

Goaltenders (0/3)

Boston Bruins (h/t olegsinkov)

Poll

Which player (position, cap hit) should Vegas pick from Boston?

This poll is closed

  • 13%
    Matt Beleskey (LW, $3,800,000)
    (11 votes)
  • 12%
    Adam McQuaid (D, $2,750,000)
    (10 votes)
  • 18%
    Jimmy Hayes (RW, $2,300,000)
    (15 votes)
  • 7%
    Kevan Miller (D, $2,500,000)
    (6 votes)
  • 7%
    Anton Khudobin (G, $1,200,000)
    (6 votes)
  • 34%
    Malcolm Subban (G, RFA)
    (28 votes)
  • 1%
    Tim Schaller (C, RFA)
    (1 vote)
  • 1%
    Drew Stafford (RW, UFA)
    (1 vote)
  • 1%
    Dominic Moore (C, UFA)
    (1 vote)
  • 1%
    John-Michael Liles (D, UFA)
    (1 vote)
  • 1%
    Joe Morrow (D, RFA)
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Zac Rinaldo (C, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Brian Ferlin (RW, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 1%
    Alexander Khokhlachev (C, KHL)
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Tommy Cross (D, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Chris Casto (D, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Alex Grant (D, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Tyler Randell (RW, UFA)
    (0 votes)
82 votes total Vote Now

Buffalo Sabres

Poll

Which player should Vegas select from Buffalo?

This poll is closed

  • 26%
    Matt Moulson (LW, $5,000,000)
    (22 votes)
  • 9%
    Nicolas Deslauriers (LW, $775,000)
    (8 votes)
  • 9%
    William Carrier (LW, $689,167)
    (8 votes)
  • 12%
    Josh Gorges (D, $3,900,000)
    (10 votes)
  • 7%
    Justin Falk (D, $650,000)
    (6 votes)
  • 23%
    Cody Franson (D, UFA)
    (19 votes)
  • 2%
    Dimitry Kulikov (D, UFA)
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Brian Gionta (RW, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 6%
    Linus Ullmark (G, $750,000)
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    Taylor Fedun (D, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Cal O’Reilly (C, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Brady Austin (D, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Cole Schneider (LW, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Justin Kea (C, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Mat Bodie (D, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 2%
    Anders Nillson (G, UFA)
    (2 votes)
82 votes total Vote Now

Detroit Red Wings

Poll

Which player should Vegas select from Detroit?

This poll is closed

  • 12%
    Niklas Kronwall (D, $4,750,000)
    (10 votes)
  • 5%
    Jonathan Ericsson (D, $4,250,000)
    (4 votes)
  • 12%
    Darren Helm (C, $3,850,000)
    (10 votes)
  • 28%
    Riley Sheahan (C, $2,075,000)
    (22 votes)
  • 7%
    Luke Glendening (C, $1,800,000)
    (6 votes)
  • 2%
    Nick Jensen (D, $812,500)
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Eric Tangradi (LW, $650,000)
    (0 votes)
  • 3%
    Ryan Sproul (D, $625,000)
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Tomas Nosek (LW, $612,500)
    (0 votes)
  • 1%
    Drew Miller (LW, UFA)
    (1 vote)
  • 1%
    Dylan Mcilrath (D, UFA)
    (1 vote)
  • 5%
    Martin Frk (RW, RFA)
    (4 votes)
  • 0%
    Brian Lashoff (D, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 16%
    Jimmy Howard (G, $5,291,667)
    (13 votes)
  • 2%
    Jared Coreau (G, $612,500)
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Edward Pasquale (G, UFA)
    (0 votes)
78 votes total Vote Now

Florida Panthers (h/t FloridaHockeyFan27)

Poll

Which player should Vegas select from Florida?

This poll is closed

  • 64%
    Jason Demers (D, $4,500,000)
    (54 votes)
  • 7%
    Roberto Luongo (G, $5,333,333)
    (6 votes)
  • 5%
    Derek Mackenzie (C, $1,375,000)
    (5 votes)
  • 3%
    Colton Sceviour (C, $950,000)
    (3 votes)
  • 5%
    Mark Pysyk (D, RFA)
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    Jakub Kindl (D, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 3%
    Thomas Vanek (LW, UFA)
    (3 votes)
  • 7%
    Jaromir Jagr (RW, UFA)
    (6 votes)
  • 2%
    Michael Sgarbossa (C, RFA)
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Paul Thompson (RW, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Mackenzie Weegar (D, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Graham Black (C, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Steven Hodges (C, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Brody Sutter (C, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Reece Scarlett (D, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Sam Brittain (G, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Brent Regner (D, UFA)
    (0 votes)
84 votes total Vote Now

Montreal Canadiens (h/t KyleDemetrius)

Poll

Which player should Vegas select from Montreal?

This poll is closed

  • 25%
    Tomas Plekanec (C, $6,000,000)
    (21 votes)
  • 16%
    Alexei Emelin (D, $4,100,000)
    (14 votes)
  • 7%
    Brandon Davidson (D, $1,425,000)
    (6 votes)
  • 7%
    Torrey Mitchell (C, $1,200,000)
    (6 votes)
  • 14%
    Jordie Benn (D, $1,100,000)
    (12 votes)
  • 0%
    Chris Terry (LW, $650,000)
    (0 votes)
  • 1%
    Dwight King (LW, UFA)
    (1 vote)
  • 3%
    Nikita Nesterov (D, UFA)
    (3 votes)
  • 1%
    Andrei Markov (D, UFA)
    (1 vote)
  • 1%
    Al Montoya (G, $1,062,500)
    (1 vote)
  • 15%
    Alexander Radulov (RW, UFA)
    (13 votes)
  • 0%
    Brian Flynn (RW, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 2%
    Daniel Carr (LW, $725,000)
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Bobby Farnham (RW, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 1%
    Zach Redmond (D, $612,500)
    (1 vote)
  • 1%
    Jacob De La Rose (LW, RFA)
    (1 vote)
  • 2%
    Stefan Matteau (LW, RFA)
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Connor Crisp (LW, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Keegan Lowe (D, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Dalton Thrower (D, RFA)
    (0 votes)
84 votes total Vote Now

Ottawa Senators

Poll

Which player should Vegas select from Ottawa?

This poll is closed

  • 7%
    Clarke MacArthur (LW, $4,650,000)
    (6 votes)
  • 7%
    Zack Smith (C, $3,250,000)
    (6 votes)
  • 13%
    Alexandre Burrows (RW, $2,500,000)
    (11 votes)
  • 44%
    Marc Methot (D, $4,900,000)
    (35 votes)
  • 2%
    Mark Boroweiecki (D, $1,100,000)
    (2 votes)
  • 8%
    Chris Wideman (D, $800,000)
    (7 votes)
  • 1%
    Fredrik Claesson (D, $650,000)
    (1 vote)
  • 5%
    Tommy Wingels (RW, UFA)
    (4 votes)
  • 1%
    Viktor Stalberg (LW, UFA)
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Chris Neil (RW, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Jyrri Jokipakka (D, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Philip Varone (C, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Max McCormick (LW, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Mike Blunden (RW, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Ryan Rupert (C, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Patrick Sieloff (D, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Brandon Gormley (D, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 6%
    Andrew Hammond (G, $1,350,000)
    (5 votes)
  • 0%
    Chris Driedger (G, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 1%
    Mike Condon (G, UFA)
    (1 vote)
79 votes total Vote Now

Tampa Bay Lightning (h/t Evan.Arnold)

Poll

Which player should Vegas select from Tampa Bay?

This poll is closed

  • 21%
    J.T. Brown (RW, $1,250,000)
    (16 votes)
  • 10%
    Erik Condra (RW, $1,250,000)
    (8 votes)
  • 17%
    Cedric Paquette (C, $812,500)
    (13 votes)
  • 6%
    Jason Garrison (D, $4,600,000)
    (5 votes)
  • 20%
    Braydon Coburn ($3,700,000)
    (15 votes)
  • 9%
    Kristers Gudlevskis (G, RFA)
    (7 votes)
  • 0%
    Gregg McKegg (C, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 1%
    Jake Dotchin (D, RFA)
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Luke Witkowski (D, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 4%
    Slater Koekkoek (D, RFA)
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Byron Froese (C, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Michael Bournival (LW, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 1%
    Cory Conacher (LW, UFA)
    (1 vote)
  • 1%
    Tanner Richard (C, RFA)
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Joel Vermin (RW, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 1%
    Tyle McGinn (LW, RFA)
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Mike Halmo (LW, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Stefan Fournier (RW, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond (RW, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Jonathan Racine (D, RFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 4%
    Peter Budaj (G, UFA)
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Mike McKenna (G, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Yanni Gourde (C, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Matt Taormina (D, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Dylan Blujus (D, RFA)
    (0 votes)
74 votes total Vote Now

Toronto Maple Leafs (h/t mferns12)

Poll

Which player should Vegas select from Toronto?

This poll is closed

  • 8%
    Joffrey Lupul (LW, $5,250,000)
    (6 votes)
  • 22%
    Matt Martin (LW, $2,500,000)
    (17 votes)
  • 20%
    Eric Fehr (C, $2,000,000)
    (15 votes)
  • 8%
    Alexey Marchenko (D, $1,450,000)
    (6 votes)
  • 14%
    Martin Marincin (D, $1,250,000)
    (11 votes)
  • 2%
    Ben Smith (RW, $650,000)
    (2 votes)
  • 0%
    Brooks Laich (C, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 8%
    Brian Boyle (C, UFA)
    (6 votes)
  • 0%
    Matt Hunwick (D, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Roman Polak (D, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 1%
    Seth Griffith (RW, RFA)
    (1 vote)
  • 1%
    Milan Michalek (LW, UFA)
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Steve Olesky (D, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 0%
    Colin Grenning (LW, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 8%
    Brendan Leipsic (LW, RFA)
    (6 votes)
  • 1%
    Andrew Campbell (D, UFA)
    (1 vote)
  • 0%
    Curtis McElhinney (G, UFA)
    (0 votes)
  • 4%
    Garret Sparks (G, RFA)
    (3 votes)
  • 0%
    Antoine Bilbeau (G, RFA)
    (0 votes)
75 votes total Vote Now