Panthers' Jonathan Marchessault: Available for Vegas to pounce

Marchessault was not protected by the Panthers, TSN reports. This means he's free to be selected by the Golden Knights in the expansion draft.

Marchessault was arguably the NHL's biggest breakout star this past campaign, as he lit the lamp 30 times to complement 21 more assists in 75 games. Boasting tremendous stick-handling skills and supreme on-ice awareness, the Quebec-born forward saw his average ice time jump by close to five minutes compared to his 45-game rookie tour with the Lightning in 2015-16. He'll be so very tempting to Vegas since he has just one year left on a contract valued at $750,000.

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