NHL Mock Draft 4.0: Prepare for the pre-draft frenzy of trades

Outlined here are the rules of how Vegas can select players, including that other teams have two options regarding combinations of players to protect (seven forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender, or eight skaters regardless of position and one goaltender) before Vegas plucks one player from each organization. Penn State has had its share over the past few years, Eamon McAdam's status as a third round NY islanders draft choice the highest a Penn State player has gone. Bjugstad led the team in points back in the 2013-2014 season, but has suffered several injuries since then, and fans have seen his production drop off significantly since signing a six-year, $24.6 million contract in December 2014.

"The issue for us isn't going to be, 'Can we fill out the roster?'" McPhee told reporters after the list was released.

Among those left unprotected, and available to the Golden Knights in the draft, were goalies Cam Ward and Eddie Lack, forwards Lee Stempniak and Joakim Nordstrom, and defenseman Klas Dahlbeck.

Brad Marchand: The 5-foot-9 Marchand is one of just eight National Hockey League players to have scored at least 100 goals over the last three National Hockey League seasons, and Marchand has played the third-fewest games among those eight skaters (only Patrick Kane and Sidney Crosby have done it in fewer games). McPhee is willing to negotiate with any and all teams willing to give up something to keep a certain player.

At the same time, Las Vegas must submit contracts for any free agent they've signed during their special signing window.

Speaking of trades, it might take some time for rumors to turn into confirmations, at least when it comes to teams paying a ransom for the Golden Knights to take specific players.

Probably a lot of wheeling and dealing once the trade freeze is lifted Thursday, a day before NHL Entry Draft begins in Chicago. Youngsters Connor McDavid and Darnell Nurse don't meet the minimum pro experience criteria, so they're automatically protected and don't need to be exposed.

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While that sounds kind and human, this is just a ploy for the Golden Knights to turn a player into an even bigger haul. Could there be more trades for these guys?

Marian Gaborik, right wing: The Kings would love to lose him and his contract. They are expected to pursue a deal to move him for something leading into it.

LeBrun says he doesn't think that conversation lasted very long and the price is likely way too high for LA. A delicious idea is making the rounds in Vancouver, where the Canucks expose Brandon Sutter to protect 23-year-old Brendan Gaunce instead.

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His appeal: As they build their roster, the Knights could opt for veterans on defence like Dan Hamhuis or Adam McQuaid or opt for younger types on cheap contracts with room to grow.

Two forwards will be exposed in this scenario, with Kruger and his $3 million cap hit joining Jordin Tootoo in that category.

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