With the protected lists released on Sunday, we now know who is available for the Vegas Golden Knights to select later this week.
Let’s look at some of the intriguing players available for Vegas around the Central Division.
We’ll start with the Western Conference champion Nashville Predators.
- James Neal, forward
Neal turns 30 in early September and is coming off a 23-goal season. He has a cap hit of $5M for one more season.
- Colton Sissons, forward
Sissons, 23, won 50 percent of his faceoffs and posted 10 points in 58 regular season games. He added 12 points in the postseason. Sissons has a $625k cap hit for two more years.
- Colin Wilson, forward
Wilson, 27, scored 20 goals a couple years ago. He had 12 goals and 23 assists in 70 regular season games this year. He has a $3,937,500 cap hit for two more years.
- Craig Smith, forward
Both Wilson and Smith averaged better than 60 seconds per game on the power play for Nashville last year. Smith, 26, had 29 points in 78 games for the Preds and has three years left on his contract with a $4.25M cap hit.
- Yannick Weber, defenseman
Weber, 27, had 72 hits and 53 blocked shots in 73 regular season games. He has one year left on his deal with a $650k cap hit.
- David Perron, forward
Perron, 29, had 18 goals and 28 assists in 82 regular season games for the Blues last year. He has one year left on his contract with a $3.75M cap hit.
- Jori Lehtera, forward
Lehtera, 29, has two years left on his contract with a $4.7M cap hit. He was limited to 64 games last year and posted 22 points.
- Kyle Brodziak, forward
Brodziak, 33, had 15 points in 69 games last year. He has one year left on his deal with a $950k cap hit.
- Nail Yakupov, forward
The former number one overall pick had only nine points in 40 regular season games. The 22-year-old was dumped by the Oilers and fell out of favor in St. Louis. He is currently a restricted free agent.
- Carl Gunnarson, defenseman
Gunnarson had six assists in 56 regular season games. The 29-year-old has two years left on his deal with a $2.9M cap hit.
- Carter Hutton, goaltender
Hutton, 30, appeared in 29 regular season games and posted four shutouts. He had a 2.39 goals against average and .913 save percentage. Hutton has one year left on his contract with a $1.125M cap hit.
- Eric Staal, forward
Staal, 31, had 65 points in 82 regular season games and was a great addition to the Wild as a free agent last summer. He has two years left on his contract with a $3.25M cap hit.
- Erik Haula, forward
Haula, 25, had 15 goals and 11 assists in 72 regular season games for Minnesota. He is currently a restricted free agent.
- Martin Hanzal, forward
Minnesota gave up a first round pick in 2017, a second round pick in 2018 and a fourth round pick in 2019 with prospect Grayson Downing to get Hanzal at the deadline. He finished the regular season with 20 goals and 19 assists in 71 games between Arizona and Minnesota. The 30-year-old is an unrestricted free agent.
- Matt Dumba, defenseman
- Marco Scandella, defenseman
- Christian Folin, defenseman
- Nate Prosser, defenseman
Dumba (20:19) and Scandella (18:20) were two of the core defensemen for the Wild last season. Scandella has three years left on his contract with a $4M cap hit. Dumba has one remaining season with a $2.55M cap hit. Prosser is an unrestricted free agent and Folin is restricted this summer.
- Marko Dano, forward
The former Blackhawks prospect has already been part of two high-profile trades and he’s still only 22 years old. He had 11 points in 38 games with the Jets last year and has one season left on his contract with a $850k cap hit.
- Toby Enstrom, defenseman
Enstrom, 31, waived his no-move clause to be eligible for the expansion draft. He has one year remaining on his contract with a $5.75M cap hit after averaging 21:54 per game for the Jets last year.
- Ondrej Pavalec, goaltender
- Michael Hutchinson, goaltender
Between the pipes has been an issue for the Jets since they came back into the league. Hutchinson, 27, has one year left on his deal with a $1.125M cap hit; Pavalec, 29, is an unrestricted free agent.
- Cody Eakin, forward
Eakin, 26, had 12 points in 60 games for Dallas last year. He has three years left on his contract with a $3.85M cap hit.
- Jiri Hudler, forward
Hudler, an unrestricted free agent at 32, signed a one-year deal in Dallas before last season. He had 11 points in 32 games with the Stars last season.
- Patrick Sharp, forward
Sharp’s season ended injured and he’s an unrestricted free agent.
- Dan Hamuis, defenseman
The veteran defenseman averaged 19:21 on the ice for Dallas last season. He is entering the final season of a contract with a $3.75M cap hit.
- Kari Lehtonen, goaltender
- Antti Niemi, goaltender
Anybody want a Stars goaltender? Because after trading for Ben Bishop, Dallas can’t get rid of either of these guys fast enough. They’re both in the final year of expensive contracts and will be nearly impossible for Dallas to dump.
- Mikhail Grigorenko, forward
Grigorenko, the 12th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, had 23 points in 75 games last year. The 23-year-old is a restricted free agent. Grigorenko was a big part of the package that came back to Colorado in the deal that sent Ryan O’Reilly to Buffalo.
- Carl Soderberg, forward
Soderberg, 31, had 51 points for the Avs in 2015-16 after he was acquired from Boston. But he fell off dramatically last year, posting only 14 points in 80 games. He has three years left on his contract with a $4.75M cap hit.
- Calvin Pickard, goaltender
Pickard, 25, led Avs goalies with 50 appearances last season. He had a 2.98 goals against average, though, and a .904 save percentage. Pickard has one year left on his deal with a $1M cap hit.