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Five Tigers, two others with Colorado Springs ties, left unprotected heading into NHL Las Vegas expansion draft

June 18, 2017 Updated: June 18, 2017 at 11:27 pm
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Five former Colorado College hockey standouts and two others with Pikes Peak region ties were made by available by their NHL organizations for the Las Vegas expansion draft, the league announced Sunday morning.

The new franchise has the next 72 hours to select its expansion draft choices. Their picks will be officially announced at 6 p.m. Wednesday as part of the league's awards show and expansion draft on NBC Sports Network.

The former Tigers who were left unprotected by their club are:

Forwards -- None.

Defensemen -- Gustav Olofsson and Nate Prosser, both Minnesota Wild; and Mark Stuart, Winnipeg Jets.

Goalies -- Richard Bachman, Vancouver Canucks; and Curtis McElhinney, Toronto Maple Leafs.

Colorado Springs ties -- Area native Ben Holmstrom, forward, NY Islanders; and Trevor Lewis, former Pikes Peak Miners forward, LA Kings.

Former CC defenseman Jaccob Slavin (Carolina) and area native and Boston blue-liner Brandon Carlo are both first- or second-year pros and exempt from the expansion draft exposure.

Former CC wing Jaden Schwartz was protected by the St. Louis Blues.

The Golden Knights must choose 30 players, one from each team. They must take a minimum of 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goalies from the lists of unprotected players.

At least 20 of the players Vegas will select must already be under contract for the 2017-18 season. Vegas must select players whose salary cap charges add up to at least $43.8 million, or 60 percent of the $73 million salary cap that was in place for the 2016-17 season.

They are the only team that has the ability to sign an unprotected unrestricted or restricted free agent until 7:59 a.m. Wednesday.

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