Expansion Draft: Pacific Division

Part two of five of my Expansion Draft piece.

In my first post, I focused entirely on the Central Division teams and their potential respective protection lists ahead of the NHL Expansion Draft which takes place between June 17-21.

Rules teams must follow for the Expansion Draft is outlined in part one which can be seen: https://avalancheavenue.wordpress.com/2017/05/08/expansion-draft-central-division/

So let’s take a look at the Pacific Division and potential problems/decisions that teams within the division are facing ahead of the Expansion Draft.

NMC = No Movement Clause

Anaheim Ducks

Option: 8 skaters, 1 goalie

  • Forwards: Corey Perry (NMC), Ryan Getzlaf (NMC), Ryan Kesler (NMC), Rickard Rakell.
  • Defensemen: Hampus Lindholm, Sami Vatanen, Cam Fowler, Kevin Bieka^ (NMC).
  • Goaltender: John Gibson.

Exposure Requirements:

  • Forward Exposure Requirements: 6/2. Jakob Silfverberg, Andrew Cogliano, Antoine Vermette, Jared Boll, Logan Shaw, Chris Wagner.
  • D-man Exposure Requirement: 1/1. Josh Manson.
  • Goalie Exposure Requirement: 1/1. Dustin Tokarski.
  • Other Notable Exposed Players: Simon Depres.

^ – Kevin Bieksa has a NMC so I automatically had to protect him. However, the Anaheim Ducks will do everything in their power to try and get Kevin Bieksa to waive the NMC so the Ducks can protect Josh Manson instead. The Ducks do not want to lose Manson.

If Bieksa does not want to waive his NMC, the Ducks can buy him out and protect Manson. However, if they do do this, the Ducks will have to resign either Korbinian Holzer or Clayton Stoner in order to fulfill their exposure requirements as both are not under contract for next season. BUT, both Holzer and Stoner have not played 40 games this year or 70 games in the previous two seasons so they both cannot fulfill the exposure requirements. As I write this, the Ducks/Oilers are about to play in game 7 of the second round. If the Ducks beat the Oilers and move on, the Ducks will have the opportunity to play Holzer/Stoner in more games and perhaps meet the exposure requirement of 70 games in the prior two seasons. Holzer needs to play 3 more games and Stoner needs to play in 5 games. If the Ducks are eliminated by the Oilers, then the Ducks have to hope Bieksa waives his NMC or else Manson is likely to be chosen by the Vegas Golden Knights.

Arizona Coyotes

Option: 7 forward, 3-dmen, 1 goalie

  • Forwards: Tobias Reider, Alexander Burmistrov, Anthony Duclair, Jordan Martinook, Peter Holland, Josh Jooris, Radim Vrbata.
  • Defensemen: Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Alex Goligoski (NMC), Connor Murphy.
  • Goaltender: Mike Smith.

Exposure Requirements:

  • Forward Exposure Requirements: 2/2. Jamie McGinn, Brad Richardson.
  • D-man Exposure Requirement: 2/1. Luke Schenn, Kevin Connauton.
  • Goalie Exposure Requirement: 1/1. Louis Domingue.
  • Other Notable Exposed Players: Shane Doan, Teemu Pulkkinen.

Calgary Flames

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

  • Forwards: Johnny Gaudreau, Sean Monahan, Troy Brouwer, Michael Frolik, Mikael Backlund, Sam Bennett, Micheal Ferland.
  • Defensemen: Mike Giordano, Dougie Hamilton, TJ Brodie.
  • Goaltender: Brian Elliott.

Exposure Requirements:

  • Forward Exposure Requirements: 2/2. Matt Stajan, Lance Bouma.
  • D-man Exposure Requirement: 1/1. Matt Bartkowski.
  • Goalie Exposure Requirement: 1/1. Tom McCollum.
  • Other Notable Exposed Players: Kris Versteeg, Curtis Lazar, Dennis Wideman, Alex Chiasson, Chad Johnson.

Edmonton Oilers

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

  • Forwards: Milan Lucic (NMC), Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Patrick Maroon, Zack Kassian, Leon Draisaitl, Tyler Pitlick.
  • Defensemen: Andrej Sekera (NMC), Adam Larsson, Oscar Klefbom.
  • Goaltender: Cam Talbot (NMC).

Exposure Requirements:

  • Forward Exposure Requirements: 2/2. Benoit Pouliot, Mark Letestu.
  • D-man Exposure Requirement: 1/1. Mark Fayne.
  • Goalie Exposure Requirement: 1/1. Laurent Broissiot.
  • Other Notable Exposed Players: Kris Russell, Eric Gryba, Griffin Reinhart.

Los Angeles Kings

Option: 8 skaters, 1 goalie

  • Forwards: Anze Kopitar (NMC), Jeff Carter, Tyler Toffoli, Tanner Pearson.
  • Defensemen: Drew Doughty, Alec Martinez, Jake Muzzin, Derek Forbort.
  • Goaltender: Jonathan Quick.

Exposure Requirements:

  • Forward Exposure Requirements: 6/2. Dustin Brown, Marian Gaborik, Trevor Lewis, Kyle Clifford, Jordan Nolan, Nic Dowd.
  • D-man Exposure Requirement: 1/1. Brayden McNabb.
  • Goalie Exposure Requirement: 2/1. Jeff Zatkoff, Jack Campbell.
  • Other Notable Exposed Players: Nick Shore.

San Jose Sharks

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

  • Forwards: Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski, Joel Ward, Tomas Hertl, Melker Karlsson, Patrick Marleau, Chris Tierney.
  • Defensemen: Brent Burns, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Mirco Mueller.
  • Goaltender: Martin Jones.

Exposure Requirements:

  • Forward Exposure Requirements: 2/2. Mikkel Boedker, Jannik Hansen.
  • D-man Exposure Requirement: 5/1. Paul Martin, Justin Braun, Brenden Dillon, David Schlemko, Dylan DeMelo.
  • Goalie Exposure Requirement: 1/1. Aaron Dell.
  • Other Notable Exposed Players: Joe Thorton.

Vancouver Canucks

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

  • Forwards: Henrik Sedin (NMC), Daniel Sedin (NMC), Loui Eriksson (NMC), Bo Horvat, Brandon Sutter, Markus Granlund, Sven Baertschi.
  • Defensemen: Alexander Edler, Chris Tanev, Erik Gudbranson.
  • Goaltender: Jacob Markstrom.

Exposure Requirements:

  • Forward Exposure Requirements: 2/2. Derek Dorsett, Jayson Megna.
  • D-man Exposure Requirement: 2/1. Luca Sbisa, Alex Biega.
  • Goalie Exposure Requirement: 1/1. Richard Bachman.
  • Other Notable Exposed Players: Reid Boucher, Brendan Gaunce, Alexandre Grenier, Ryan Miller.

So there it is… the Pacific Division.

A lot of people may disagree with my list for the Kings (i.e. exposing guys like Brown, Gaborik, etc) but I think it would be a good strategy for them to expose a guy like Gaborik or Brown in hopes of getting out of one of their contracts.

But anyway, next up I head over to the Eastern Conference where I will do the Atlantic Division.

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