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As was expected, the Blackhawks lost defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk on Wednesday night, with the 25-year-old selected by the Vegas Golden Knights in the NHL's expansion draft.

Last weekend, van Riemsdyk was among the players not protected by the Blackhawks ahead of the draft, sparking speculation that he'd be the one to join the new franchise in Nevada.

In three seasons with the Blackhawks, van Riemsdyk racked up 31 points. He played in 18 games during the team's last Stanley Cup season of 2014-15. He appeared in all 82 games during the 2015-16 campaign and played in 58 games last season.

Even with van Riemsdyk getting picked by Vegas, he might not end up playing there during that franchise's first season.

The other most likely candidate from the Blackhawks to be selected Wednesday — Vegas was required to take a player from each of the other 30 NHL teams — was center Marcus Kruegr. He was not selected, but reports after the Golden Knights' complete roster was announced indicated he could still be on the move out of Chicago.

 

The departure of van Riemsdyk, the potential departure of Kruger and the announcement that Marian Hossa will miss the entirety of the 2017-18 season adds plenty of wrinkles to the Blackhawks' annual offseason battle against the salary cap.

The NHL Draft starts Friday at the United Center, the next big offseason milestone for the Blackhawks.