Koekkoek, a former first-round pick with upside, was left unprotected by Tampa Bay in advance of the expansion draft.

Koekkoek played a key role in Syracuse's run to the AHL Calder Cup Final, finishing with a team-leading plus-16 rating in 22 games. He is a smooth-skating two-way defender who is just 23 years old. Koekkoek might just be the best name to hit Vegas in a long time -- the expansion draft will tell the tale.

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