Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Las Vegas Golden Knights!...It's time to pick our team

We've finally done it...Las Vegas now has a major league professional sports team! 

The Las Vegas Golden Knights, the NHL's 31st Franchise, will announce their team roster as part of the 2017 NHL Awards. It all airs live from the T-Mobile Arena here in Las Vegas on June 21 at 4:30PM PT/7:30PM ET on NBCSN.

Here's how it works...

The Golden Knights get to select 30 players, one from each NHL team. Although some NHL players are protected, (as allowed by the league) there are plenty available to choose from. The Golden Knights must choose 14 forwards, nine defensemen and four goaltenders in the expansion draft. The deadline to turn in their roster to the NHL is at 7am on June 21. The remaining will be chosen as part of the regular NHL Draft.

During the time between the protected list having been made available to the Golden Knights, (which was on Sunday), and the end of the day today, other NHL teams cannot trade with each other, only with the Golden Knights.

After that the first round of the regular NHL Draft will begin on June 23.

By the way, the last time new teams were added to the National Hockey League was the simultaneous creation of both the Minnesota Wild and the Columbus Blue Jackets back in 2000.

Hosting the NHL Awards honoring the top players of 2016-2017 season will be Joe Manganiello. Co-hosts are Kathryn Tappen and Daren Millard.

Kathryn, (pictured), is a host and reporter for NBC Sports Group, and the one I'm standing in for in rehearsals as Expansion Draft Host.

The other co-host, Daren Millard is a Canadian sportscaster for Sportsnet.

Link to NHL Awards

Link to NHL Draft

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