The Seattle Kraken will choose one player from 30 of the NHL’s 31 current teams in the July 21 expansion draft (Vegas Golden Knights excluded). Using the same rules as the Knights’ 2017 expansion draft, the Kraken will add 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goalies.
— Current NHL teams can protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie, or eight skaters (forwards/defensemen) and one goalie.
— All players with no-movement clauses must be protected unless they waive those clauses.
— All first- and second-year players are exempt, as well as unsigned draft choices.
Projected players protected
Protected forwards: C Nathan MacKinnon, W Mikko Rantanen, W Gabe Landeskog, W Andre Burakovsky, C Nazem Kadri, W Joonas Donskoi, C Tyson Jost
Notably unprotected: C J.T. Compher, W Valeri Nichushkin, W Kiefer Sherwood
Notably exempt: W Logan O’Connor, W Martin Kaut, C Alex Newhook, C Shane Bowers, W Sampo Ranta, W Nick Henry, W Travis Barron
Analysis: The key here is Landeskog’s contract situation and if he is re-signed by July 21. The captain is etched in the club’s logo but he might command a $7 million cap hit over five or six years. He might take less to keep the core together. The Avs certainly don’t want him to test free agency, but if that happens they could protect Compher or Nichushkin.
Projected defensemen: Devon Toews, Cale Makar, Sam Girard
Notably unprotected: Erik Johnson, Ryan Graves, Jacob MacDonald, Keaton Middleton, Dennis Gilbert
Notably exempt: Bo Byram, Conor Timmins
Analysis: Johnson, 33, is a team-first player who likely will have no problem waiving his no-trade clause, given his age, injury history and $6 million cap hit through the next two seasons. The Kraken won’t want to build upon that. The 25-year-old Graves, however, makes nearly half as much as Johnson under the same term and is as good as gone if Seattle chooses an Avs defenseman.
Protected goalie: Pavel Francouz (if Philipp Grubauer is unsigned)
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Unprotected: Hunter Miska
Exempt: Justus Annunen, Adam Werner, Peyton Jones.
Analysis: Same situation with Landeskog. Grubauer is a pending unrestricted free agent the Avs need to re-sign. If that happens after the expansion draft, the Avs will protect Francouz. If it happens before, they …read more
Source:: The Denver Post
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