Today has been a big day in the NHL. First the big announcement that the NHL will be expanding and adding a team in Las Vegas. Then talk about the expansion draft. Finally the NHL awards took place in Las Vegas tonight.
Today the NHL announced that they will expand come the 2017-2018 season. The league will be gaining a team in Las Vegas, Nevada, although the team name or color theme has not been released yet. The owner, Billionaire Bill Foley, is a U.S. Military graduate from West Point and would love to honor his alma mater by naming the team the Black Nights, however, league approval is still needed. The move has been talked about for years but today marked the official announcement came just before the NHL awards were hosted that very night in Vegas. This marks the first professional sports team that Las Vegas has ever had. The Las Vegas team will join the Pacific Division. The board of governors of the NHL has deferred a decision on expanding the NHL to Quebec until a future time. This expansion marks the first time since the 2001 season when Minnesota and Columbus were added to the league
With the NHL expanding in the next few years, the league will have to undergo an expansion draft. The rules of the expansion draft will be discussed below.
The Las Vegas team will select 30 players from the expansion draft, one from each team. Current teams will be able to protect certain players from the draft with two options. The first options allows them to protect 7 forwards, 3 defenseman, and 1 goalie. Or if they prefer option to they can protect 8 skaters, whether they be forwards or D-man and 1 goalie. One caveat is that any player with a no move clause must be protected from the draft, unless they choose to waive their no move clause. Another caveat is that all 1st and 2nd year professional hockey players will be exempt from selection. Each team must submit their protected list by June 17, 2017 and Las Vegas must pick their team by June 20.
That is just the gist of the expansion draft and many more details can be found by following this link. Expansion Draft
Listed are the winners of the NHL awards from tonight in Las Vegas.
Calder Memorial Trophy (Rookie of the Year): Artemi Panarin
Ted Lindsay Award (Most outstanding player as voted by the Players): Patty Kane
General Manager of the Year: Jim Rutherford (Penguins)
The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy: Jaromir Jagr
Mark Messier Leadership award: Shea Weber
King Clancy Memorial Trophy (Leadership on and off ice): Henrik Sedin
NHL Foundation Award: Mark Giordano
NHL 17 Cover Vote: Vladimir Tarasenko
Norris Trophy (Best Defenseman): Drew Doughty
Selke Trophy (Forward with best defensive awareness): Anze Kopitar
Jack Adams Award (Top Coach): Barry Trotz
Lady Byng Trophy (Player who best exemplifies sportsmanship and ability): Anze Kopitar
Vezina Trophy (Best Goalie): Braden Holtby
Hart Trophy (MVP): Patty Kane
Hart Memorial Trophy (League MVP):