The NHL's Vegas expansion draft, explained

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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.

Next week, a 30-player roster will be unveiled. Here’s the NHL’s Vegas expansion draft, explained:

When is the expansion draft?

The Golden Knights draft is a three-day process, starting Sunday. The other 30 NHL franchises must submit their lists of protected players (names that won’t be exposed to the expansion draft) to the league by 5 p.m. ET on Saturday.

At 10 a.m. on Sunday, the protected lists will be made public. Vegas will then have until 5 p.m. on Tuesday to inform the league of its player selections, and the NHL will announce the expansion draft results the following evening during its awards ceremony at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, starting at 8 p.m.