Twitter Reaction: NHL releases expansion draft protection lists

Vegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee speaks during a news conference in Las Vegas. (John Locher/AP)

The Vegas Golden Knights’ inaugural roster moved one step closer to fruition this weekend as the club finally got its hands on the protection lists from each of the other NHL organizations.

After a season of frenzied prognostication, those lists were released publicly by the NHL on Sunday, laying out which names will be officially off-limits to Golden Knights general manager George McPhee. As rumours of side-deals and crafty draft strategies continue to swirl, the lists offered up a small dose of clarity to those anxious to see which name will be poached from their beloved team’s roster.

With the picture a little bit clearer and the expansion draft just days away, here’s how the hockey world reacted to the news: