After a year of buildup and days of intrigue waiting, we’re finally at x-day for the NHL Expansion Draft... and also the dumb awards that I kind of don’t care about because there aren’t any Red Wings players up for anything. But I DO care about who Vegas is picking and this year the NHL was smart enough to leverage fan interest in either one of these things into a compulsion to watch both. Here’s the details:
8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT | Wednesday, June 21
T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas
American TV: NBCSN | Canadian TV: Sportsnet
Live streaming on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app
2017 NHL Expansion Draft Rules
- Vegas will take one player — no more, or no less — from each existing team.
- They must select at least 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goalies.
- 20 of the 30 players must be under contract in 2017-18.
- The cap hit of all players selected in the Expansion Draft must be somewhere between $43.8 million and $73 million.
2017 NHL Awards Finalists
- Hart Trophy (league MVP): Connor McDavid, Sidney Crosby, Sergei Bobrovsky.
- Norris Trophy (best defenseman): Brent Burns, Erik Karlsson, Victor Hedman
- Vezina Trophy (best goaltender): Sergei Bobrovsky, Braden Holtby, Carey Price.
- Calder Trophy (top rookie): Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine, Zach Werenski.
- Selke Trophy (best defensive forward): Ryan Kesler, Patrice Bergeron, Mikko Koivu.
- Lady Byng Trophy (most gentlemanly forward): Johnny Gaudreau, Vladimir Tarasenko, Mikael Granlund.
- Masterton Trophy (dedication / perseverance): Craig Anderson, Andrew Cogliano, Derek Ryan.
- NHL Foundation Award (community service): Wayne Simmonds, Travis Hamonic.
- Mark Messier Leadership Award: Nick Foligno, Ryan Getzlaf, Mark Giordano.
- Ted Lindsay Award (MVP as voted by the players): Brent Burns, Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid.
- Jack Adams Award (best coach): Mike Babcock, Todd McLellan, John Tortorella.
- General Manager of the Year: Peter Chiarelli, Pierre Dorion, David Poile.
2017 NHL Awards Odds (via Bovada)
- Hart: Connor McDavid (2/13), Sidney Crosby (4/1), Sergei Bobrovsky (11/1).
- Norris: Brent Burns (1/5), Erik Karlsson (5/2), Victor Hedman (25/1).
- Vezina: Sergei Bobrovsky (1/4), Braden Holtby (11/5), Carey Price (22/1).
- Calder: Auston Matthews (1/20), Patrik Laine (11/2), Zach Werenski (18/1).
- Selke: Ryan Kesler (5/7), Patrice Bergeron (7/4), Mikko Koivu (15/4).
- Lady Byng: Johnny Gaudreau (1/1), Vladimir Tarasenko (1/1), Mikael Granlund (4/1).