Saturday evening was the deadline for NHL teams to submit their expansion draft protection lists, and then they are to announce them publicly on Sunday.
The deadline for the NHL to approve and distribute the protection lists is 10 a.m. Sunday. Once that is done, Seattle’s RFA/UFA interview period immediately begins for exposed players.
Here’s a quick review of what we might expect from the Red Wings. Reminder: Current NHL teams have two player protection options:
A few weeks ago I wrote all about the rules for this expansion draft in my expansion draft primer — read back here. That includes exemptions for players such as Moritz Seider, Joe Veleno, Lucas Raymond and Filip Zadina.
Assuming the Red Wings go with Option 1 (7 forwards, 3 defenseman, 1 goalie), here’s a guess at who they decide to protect in this expansion draft:
That’s my best guess. It’s never easy to project what Steve Yzerman and his staff will do. Never. But I think this list makes sense. Perhaps Vladislav Namestnikov is going to be a Kraken? Maybe Gustav Lindstrom?
I’ll be tracking updates here on Sunday.
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