Here are our Vegas Golden Knights projected rosters

These players, and many others, could be caught in third-party poaching.

What's uncertain is how many trades the Golden Knights have negotiated with teams to influence which player Vegas selects or avoids. The lists will be made public on Sunday and on Wednesday, McPhee and his staff will officially announce their selections that will compose the bulk of the 2017-18 Vegas Golden Knights. The Knights also would agree to take on the salary of David Clarkson, who has back issues and is not expected to play again. "People have identified people on other clubs that they'd like to have and we have to establish the value for that and whatever you want to give us has to be better than what we can claim from that club".

After Fleury agreed to waive the no-movement clause in his contract, the Penguins protected goaltender Matt Murray, who led them a week ago to their second consecutive championship. But reportedly, the team could have more picks coming their way, from the Columbus Blue Jackets, New York Islanders, and Anaheim Ducks, just to not select the players the teams left unprotected. Neal is a nine-time 20-goal scorer.

Los Angeles: The Kings seem to be hoping and praying that one of Dustin Brown or Marian Gaborik gets picked up by the Golden Knights.

There's also a wealth of proven goaltenders available given that teams were required to expose at least one. Along with Fleury, other goalies exposed are Florida's Roberto Luongo, Detroit's Petr Mrazek and Philadelphia's Michal Neuvirth.

One thing that came out of the protected lists roster reveal is that the Golden Knights stand to walk away with a very strong blue line.

The Blackhawks could technically not lose a player in the expansion draft if they worked out a deal with the Knights.

San Jose has two notable veteran free agents in Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau.

Las Vegas will select one expansion draft-eligible player from each of the other 30 National Hockey League teams. No second chances. It's 30 players, one from each National Hockey League team, and they become the Knights' property. Rules of that nature will make it easier for the team to collect a cache of draft picks before they ever play a single game. The team has already signed prospects Reid Duke, Tomas Hyka, and Russian star Vadim Shipachyov, who figures to be one of the team's go-to guys in their first year. They also wanted to protect Panik, whose new two-year deal ($2.8 million cap hit per season) kicks in this fall. There already has been plenty of chatter between McPhee and his peers concerning side deals that would see the Knights pick up draft picks in exchange for passing over certain players their original teams left exposed, but still want to keep.

When the list was initially released, some fans were confused and surprised to see that forward Brayden Point was left off the protected list, but he doesn't meet the exposure requirements (still considered a rookie), and thus, Vegas will not be able to select him. The league's annual awards ceremonies will be held in Las Vegas on Wednesday and then teams will gather in Chicago for the two-day entry draft, which opens on Friday.

After that there will be a frenzy of pre-draft trades and the usual flurry of activity just ahead of the July 1 opening of free agency, and numerous names we've heard floated over the last couple of weeks in trade rumors will likely be moved. The NHL Players Association executive board is meeting in Toronto to determine whether it will approve raising the salary cap from $73 million to $75 million.

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