The NHL’s Vegas expansion draft, explained

The expansion Vegas Golden Knights will build their 30-man roster from June 18-20. Players potentially available, from left, include forwards Tomas Plekanec and Benoit Pouliot, defenceman Jonas Brodin and Stanley Cup champion goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. (Getty Images/CBC Sports)

By Doug Harrison, CBC Sports, June 15, 2017 

Answers to some frequently asked questions

The National Hockey League will usher in its 101st season in October with a 31st team, the Vegas Golden Knights.

Last June, Las Vegas was awarded a franchise after majority team owner Bill Foley ponied up a record $500-million US expansion fee. Several front-office types were then hired along with general manager George McPhee, who appointed Gerard Gallant head coach and added assistants Mike Kelly and Ryan Craig.

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