Expansion Draft: Central Division

The Vegas Golden Knights is set to become a NHL franchise with their inaugural season set to begin in October for the 2017-18 NHL campaign. But they still do not have a roster… yet.

The Expansion Draft where the Golden Knights draft their their roster takes place between June 17-21. All 30 NHL teams must provide their protection lists by 5 P.M. ET on June 17. The Golden Knights must submit their Expansion Draft selections by 5 P.M. ET on June 20 and their announcement of their selections will be released on June 21.

Before we get into teams’ protection lists, let’s take a look at need-to-know facts that teams must follow.

Protected Lists:

Clubs will have two options for who they want to protect in the Expansion Draft:

i) Protect 7 forwards, 3 d-men, 1 goalie

or

ii) Protect 8 skaters, 1 goalie.

All players who have currently effective and going forward “No Movement” clauses at the time of the Expansion Draft (and who decline to wave those clauses) must be protected. They WILL also count toward their club’s protection limits.

All first and second year professionals as well as unsigned draft choices WILL be EXEMPT from the Expansion Draft. They WILL NOT be counted toward their club’s protection limits.

Player Exposure Requirements:

All clubs must meet the following requirements regarding players exposed for selection in the Expansion Draft:

i) 1 d-man who is a) under contract for the 2017-18 season and b) has played in 40 games in the prior season OR played in 70 games or more in the previous two seasons.

ii) 2 forwards who are a) under contract for the 2017-18 season and b) has played in 40 games in the prior season OR played in 70 games ore more in the previous two seasons.

iii) 1 goalie who is under contract for the 2017-18 OR will be a restricted free agent at the expiration of his current contract immediately prior to 2017-18.

Regulations Relating to Vegas Golden Knights:

  • The Vegas Golden Knights must select one player from each team for a total of 30 players.
  • The Golden Knights must select at least 14 forwards, 9 d-men, and 3 goaltenders.
  • The Golden Knights must select a minimum of 20 players who are under contract for the 2017-18 season.
  • The Golden Knights cannot buy out any of their selections until the summer after the Expansion Draft.

Okay, the rules are there. Let’s get to respective teams’ protection lists.

I will do the protection lists in 4 different blogs (one blog per division) and the fifth blog will be my roster for the Vegas Golden Knights.

So let’s start with the Central Division, the division that is home to the Colorado Avalanche.

Obviously, these are not teams’ managements’ protection lists, these are mine for respective teams.

*NMC = No Movement Clause

Chicago Blackhawks

Option: 7 forwards, 3-dmen, 1 goalie

  • Forwards: Patrick Kane (NMC), Jonathan Toews (NMC), Marian Hossa (NMC), Artem Anisimov (NMC), Ryan Hartman, Richard Panik, Tomas Jurco.
  • Defensemen: Duncan Keith (NMC), Brent Seabrook (NMC), Niklas Hjalmarsson (NMC).
  • Goaltender: Corey Crawford (NMC)

Exposure Requirements:

  • Forward Exposure Requirements: 2/2. Marcus Kruger, Jordin Tootoo.
  • D-man exposure Requirement: 2/1. Trevor Van Riemsdyke, Michal Rozsival.
  • Goalie Exposure Requirement: 1/1. Jeff Glass.
  • Other Notable Exposed Players: Ville Polka, Brian Campbell.

Colorado Avalanche

Option: 8 skaters, 1 goalie

  • Forwards: Nathan MacKinnon, Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog, Sven Andrighetto.
  • Defensemen: Erik Johnson (NMC), Tyson Barrie, Nikita Zadorov, Francois Beauchemin (NMC).
  • Goaltender: Semyon Varlamov.

Exposure Requirements:

  • Forward Exposure Requirements: 3/2. Carl Soderberg, Blake Comeau, Joe Colborne.
  • D-man Exposure Requirement: 1/1, Mark Barberio.
  • Goalie Exposure Requirement: 1/1, Calvin Pickard.
  • Other Notable Exposed Players: Matt Nieto, Mikhail Grigorenko, Patrick Wiercioch, Rocco Grimaldi.

Dallas Stars

Option: 7 forwards, 3 d-men, 1 goalie

  • Forwards: Jamie Benn (NMC), Jason Spezza (NMC), Tyler Seguin, Cody Eakin, Brett Richie, Radek Faska, Antoine Roussel.
  • Defensemen: John Klinberg, Esa Lindell, Dan Hamhuis.
  • Goaltender: Ben Bishop

Exposure Requirements:

  • Forward Exposure Requirements: 2/2. Curtis McKenzie, Adam Cracknell.
  • D-man Exposure Requirement: 2/1. Greg Pateryn, Stephen Johns.
  • Goalie Exposure Requirement: 4/1. Antti Niemi, Kari Lehtonen, Henri Kiviaho, Maxime Legace.
  • Other Notable Exposed Players: Valeri Nichushkin, Gemel Smith, Jamie Oleksiak, Ales Hemsky, Patrick Sharp.

Minnesota Wild

Option: 7 forwards, 3-men, 1 goalie

  • Forwards: Zach Parise (NMC), Mikko Koivu (NMC), Jason Pominville (NMC), Charlie Coyle, Mikael Granlund, Nino Niederreiter, Jason Zucker.
  • Defensemen: Ryan Suter (NMC), Jared Spurgeon, Jonas Brodin.
  • Goaltender: Devan Dubnyk,

Exposure Requirements:

  • Forward Exposure Requirements: 3/2. Eric Staal, Chris Stewart, Tyler Graovac.
  • D-man Exposure Requirement: 2/1. Marco Scandella, Matt Dumba.
  • Goalie Exposure Requirement: Alex Stalock
  • Other Notable Exposed Players: Erik Haula, Christian Folan.

Nashville Predators:

Option: 8 skaters, 1 goalie

  • Forwards: Filip Forsberg, Ryan Johansen, Viktor Arvidsson, James Neal.
  • Defensemen: P.K. Subban, Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis, Mattias Ekholm.
  • Goaltender: Pekka Rinne (NMC).

Exposure Requirements:

  • Forward Exposure Requirements: 6/2. Craig Smith, Colin Wilson, Calle Jarnkrok, Cody McLeod, Colton Sissons, Miikka Salomaki.
  • D-man Exposure Requirement: 2/1. Anthony Bitetto, Matt Irwin.
  • Goalie Exposure Requirement: 1/1. Marek Mazanec.
  • Other Notable Exposed Players: Mike Fisher.

St. Louis Blues

Option: 7 forwards, 3 d-men, 1 goalie

  • Forwards: Vladimir Tarasenko, Paul Stastny, Alex Steen, Jaden Schwartz, David Perron, Patrik Berglund, Vladimir Sobotka.
  • Defensemen: Alex Pietrangelo, Jay Bouwmeester, Joel Edmundson.
  • Goaltender: Jake Allen.

Exposure Requirements:

  • Forward Exposure Requirements: 4/2, Jori Lehtera, Ryan Reaves, Dmitrij Jaskin, Kyle Brodziak.
  • D-man Exposure Requirement: 2/1. Carl Gunnarsson, Robert Bortuzzo.
  • Goalie Exposure Requirement: 2/1. Carter Hutton, Jordan Binnington.
  • Other Notable Exposed Players: Nail Yakupov, Kenny Agostino, Magnus Paajarvi.

Winnipeg Jets

Option: 8 skaters, 1 goalie

  • Forwards: Mark Scheifele, Bryan Little, Blake Wheeler, Joel Armia.
  • Defensemen: Dustin Byfuglien (NMC), Toby Enstrom (NMC), Tyler Myers, Jacob Trouba.
  • Goaltender: Connor Hellebuyck.

Exposure Requirements:

  • Forward Exposure Requirements: 3/2. Matheiu Perreault, Shawn Matthais, Adam Lowry.
  • D-man Exposure Requirement: 1/1. Mark Stuart.
  • Goalie Exposure Requirement: 2/1. Ondrej Pavelec, Michael Hutchinson.
  • Other Notable Exposed Players: Andrew Copp,

So there it is. My protection lists for each team in the Central Division. Some were easier than others. Make no mistake about it, some teams are in for extremely tough decisions in the next month and a half.

Next up: the Pacific Division.

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