All talk, few trades before NHL's expansion roster freeze

Vladislav Namestnikov, Nate Schmidt, Sami Vatanen, and Jason Zucker are also included in the list of draft players that could be picked by the Vegas Golden Knights. Their roster will be revealed on Wednesday, June 21, at the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas.

All 30 existing rosters will freeze beginning at this time. Based on who the Golden Knights select, the Blues could promote some farm system talent to fill the gap.

Sunday, June 18 Deadline for Central Registry to approve and simultaneously distribute the Protection Lists to all NHL Clubs (including the Expansion Club) and the NHLPA (10 a.m. ET). Could make for an interesting pickup for the Golden Knights.

Vegas has not been shy about wanting to go big in its first offseason, whether through trades, the open market or expansion draft-fueled deals.

What guidelines must Vegas follow?

The Golden Knights must select at least three goalies in the draft but could select more.

Andy Andreoff, left wing: Eligible to become a restricted free agent July 1.

"People have identified people on other clubs they'd like to have", McPhee said.

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is one marquee player's who's not expected to receive any added protection from his team.

In all likelihood, the Sharks will lose a defenseman to the Golden Knights, which is why the team provided itself with insurance on the blue line Saturday by re-signing Barracuda defensemen Tim Heed and Joakim Ryan to two-year contracts.

Now, it's important to note that Vegas GM George McPhee might agree not to take an unprotected player ... for a price. "These guys are really smart, and they know what they're doing".

Prospects: All players with less than three years of professional experience are automatically exempt. Join the Stars and Sticks team! This provision also includes unsigned draft picks and signed players that have yet to appear in a National Hockey League game.

"Sometimes at 3 a.m., I wake up and remind myself, 'You can only lose one player, go back to sleep, '" Fletcher told reporters earlier this week.

There is the possibility of working out prearranged trades with the Golden Knights to essentially dictate whom they select in the draft.

There have been plenty of rumors about who is exposed and who might be protected. They also have to reach at least 60 percent of last year's $73 million salary cap ($43.8 million) and have at least 20 players under contract for next season.

Among these five players are three forwards, one defenseman and one goalie who stand out, all holding different levels of experience in the National Hockey League and with the St. Louis Blues. Johnson now has 237 career points (61 goals, 176 assists) in 575 games played.

McPhee wasn't prepared to discuss individual players when specifically asked about Fleury, but noted there were no surprises based on the numerous mock drafts the Golden Knights conducted over the past few months.

Yes. You will likely hear of such moves, with other teams wanting Vegas to take or not take certain players in the expansion draft.