Who do you see the Blues protecting and exposing? I know, this may change depending on what happens in the next 96 hours.
Allen, Pietrangelo, Parayko, Edmundson, Tarasenko, Stastny, Schwartz, Steen, Perron, Berglund, Brodziak (1G, 3D, 7F)
Hutton, Bouwmeester, Gunnarson, Bortuzzo, Lehtera, Jaskin, Reaves
Fabbri (exempt, because he only played 3 games in the AHL which doesn't count as a full professional season)
Had Parayko not played 17 games with the Wolves in 14-15, he would be exempt, also.
Vegas could also take an AHL guy has more than 2 years of AHL/NHL combined time. In other words, Vegas could take Jordan Schmaltz (2 years at AHL and under contract) and that would count as the Blues player taken.
I see Vegas taking Bouwmeester to help them hit their cap number. However, McPhee rebuilt the Capitals by scrapping veterans and building mostly via the draft beginning with Ovechkin. I wouldn't be surprised to see McPhee draft mostly younger players with a few key higher priced veterans to reach the expansion mandated cap floor(*) and provide some experienced leadership. That youth thing could lead him to taking someone like Schmaltz, instead.
The list of current AHL guys they could take:
Paajarvi, Rattie, Lindbohm, Copley, Megan, Schmaltz, and Butler
*: The Las Vegas franchise must select players with an aggregate Expansion Draft value that is between 60-100% of the prior season's upper limit for the salary cap.
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