This tool allows you to pick the protected players for each team or you can use their crowd sourcing to do it automatically. In order to save time, I opted for automation and made the decision to draft players 26 years old or younger, everyone had to be signed or a restricted free agent and preference was to take a quality goaltender or forward over a defensemen.
Forwards (18) - $18,360,000 (draft value)
Defensemen (9) - $5,825,000
Goaltenders (3) - $4,900,000
The result was meeting the 60% salary cap requirement of $44.3 million.
It should be no surprise based on the current rosters for each team and no known deals to waive a no movement clause or agreement for a team to trade other assets to not have a player picked.
With that in mind, here is the 30 player draft.
Starter - Matt Murray (PIT)
Backup - Michael Hutchinson (WPG)
Prospect - Anton Forsberg (CLB)
Lucas Sbisa (VAN) - Griffin Reinhart (EDM)
Calvin De Haan (NYI) - Eric Gelinas (COL)
Dmitry Orlov (WSH) - Martin Marincin (TOR)
Brandon Manning (PHI) - Dylan McIlrath (FLA)
Joe Morrow (BOS)
Mikkel Boedker (SJS) - Marcus Kruger (CHI) - Jakob Silfverberg (ANH)
Nail Yakupov (STL) - Vladislav Namestnikov (TBL) - Valeri Nichushkin (DAL)
Lance Bouma (CGY) - Riley Sheahan (DET) - Erik Haula (MIN)
Brock McGinn (CAR) - Brandon Pirri (NYR) - Ryan Dzingel (OTT)
William Carrier (BUF) - Jacob Josefson (NJD) - Andy Andreoff (LAK)
Jordan Martinook (ARZ) - Colton Sissons (NSH) - Stefan Matteau (MTL)
This strategy gives the Golden Knights the flexibility needed on the salary cap as well with just 13 players signed a contract for 2017-2018 season at just over $29 million, giving them $43.9 million in cap space to sign unrestricted free agents and trade acquisitions.
Based on the players drafted and cap situation, defensemen would be the main targets in free agency and trades as the group is filled with more third pairing defensemen.