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Here are the 19 Bruins eligible for Vegas expansion

Ty Anderson
June 18, 2017 - 6:46 pm

The Bruins have protected 11 talents from next week's Vegas expansion draft. 

Forwards David Backes, Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci, Brad Marchand, Riley Nash, David Pastrnak, and Ryan Spooner were protected up front.

On the backend, Zdeno Chara, Torey Krug, and Kevan Miller were protected, while Tuukka Rask was the club's protected netminder. 

But with those players unavailable for Vegas general manager George McPhee's club, just who could land with the Knights by this time next week? 

Forwards: Matt Beleskey, Brian Ferlin, Jimmy Hayes, Alex Khokhlachev, Dominic Moore, Tyler Randell, Zac Rinaldo, Tim Schaller, Drew Stafford.

You'll find the most NHL regulars on this list. Moore played in all 82 games for the Bruins last year, with 11 goals (his most since 2011) and 25 points. Beleskey and Hayes each struggled mightily, with Hayes recording just two goals and five points in 58 contests while Beleskey totaled three goals and eight points in 49 games played. Schaller, in his first season as a full-time NHL skater, tallied seven goals and 14 points in 59 games as a versatile winger splitting time between the second and fourth line. And Stafford, a deadline addition from Winnipeg, contributed four goals and eight points in 18 games with the Bruins, and with eight goals and 21 points in 58 games between the B's and Jets. 

Both Randell and Rinaldo have NHL experience, too, despite spending the entire 2016-17 in the AHL. 

Khokhlachev is an interesting one, too, as he spent this past season in the KHL after deciding that another year in the B's organization was not of any interest to him. Khokhlachev recorded five goals and 10 points in 25 games for SKA St. Petersburg this past season, and was a teammate of Vadim Shipachyov, who was recently inked to a two-year contract by the Golden Knights. 

Moore, Rinaldo, Stafford, and Randell are pending unrestricted free agents. Schaller, meanwhile, is an arbitration-eligible restricted free agent. 

Defensemen: Linus Arnesson, Chris Casto, Tommy Cross, Alex Grant, John-Michael Liles, Adam McQuaid, Colin Miller, Joe Morrow.

The big name on this list, of course, is McQuaid. One of the last remaining members of the 2011 Stanley Cup team still on Boston's roster, McQuaid's inclusion on the available list is not a shock by any stretch. It remains worth noting, of course, that McQuaid has already expressed his desire to not go to Vegas. The 6-foot-5 McQuaid has spent all 424 games of his NHL career with the Bruins. 

Colin Miller is another name that's come as a shock to some. But with the Bruins loaded with right-shot defensemen -- Brandon Carlo, Charlie McAvoy, Kevan Miller, and McQuaid -- and with the older Miller seemingly solidifying his security with a strong postseason showing, exposing Miller No. 6 seemed like an inevitability for the Bruins. Miller had six goals and 13 points for the Bruins during the regular season, and has totaled nine goals and 29 points in 103 NHL contests, all with the Bruins. Miller was acquired from Los Angeles in the Milan Lucic trade in 2015. 

Depth defensemen Joe Morrow and John-Michael Liles were also on the available list. Morrow is an arbitration-eligible restricted free agent while the veteran Liles is an unrestricted free agent. 

The list also included AHL veterans Tommy Cross, Chris Casto, Alex Grant and recent Sweden signing Linus Arnesson. 

Goalies: Anton Khudobin, Malcolm Subban. 

Bruins backup goalie Anton Khudobin also landed on the list. Khudobin split time between Boston and Providence, largely due to poor play in the early part of the year, but finished strong, ultimately finishing the NHL year with a 7-6-1 record and .904 save percentage. Khudobin has 51 wins and a .916 save percentage in 106 career NHL starts. 

Drafted with the 24th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, Subban has made two NHL starts... and been pulled in the second period of both of them. But still a high-ceiling goaltending prospect, Subban has built a strong-albeit-inconsistent AHL resume, with 56 wins, a 2.40 goals against average, and .918 save percentage in 127 AHL contests.

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