Sport NHL expansion draft 2017: Grading all 30 expansion draft protection lists

02:45  19 june  2017
02:45  19 june  2017 Source:   SB Nation

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NHL Expansion Draft : Pick Your Team. It’s hard to grade these lists because we don’t know what hand-shake deals teams have in place to lead Vegas away from certain assets, but we’ll do the best with what we have. NHL expansion draft 2017 : Protection lists for all 30 teams.

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The NHL’s expansion draft protection lists are out! A slight delay in the plan left many fans waiting a half hour longer than expected, but we now know just who each team is protecting in the upcoming expansion draft.

There will be a lot of hustle and bustle over the next few days before Vegas picks their team on Wednesday. We’ll have you covered for every move they make leading up to the expansion draft, but let’s step back a moment and look at the 30 teams. Some lists were pretty obvious, while others have us wondering just what some general managers were thinking.

It’s hard to grade these lists because we don’t know what hand-shake deals teams have in place to lead Vegas away from certain assets, but we’ll do the best with what we have.

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The protection lists have been released for the 2017 Expansion Draft and there were no surprises from the Toronto Maple Leafs perspective.

All 30 NHL teams (Vegas does not apply) will submit their protection lists prior to the expansion draft . Toronto has a considerable amount of forwards that need protection . Protecting the most important pieces of the Leafs blue line is manageable.

Above average

Dallas Stars v New Jersey Devils© Provided by Vox Media, Inc. Dallas Stars v New Jersey Devils Stars. Fears were calmed immediately that Cody Eakin would not take up a coveted spot. Also, props to general manager Jim Nill on protecting a trio of young defensemen in Stephen Johns, Esa Lindell, and John Klingberg. The Stars didn’t overthink it. A-

Flyers. It’s a bit of a surprise to see Scott Laughton on this list, but not protecting Andrew MacDonald and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare is an immediate positive. General manager Ron Hextall is sticking to the plan, Flyers fans. A-

Penguins. It’s hard to imagine the reigning Stanley Cup champions messing this up, and they didn’t. The Penguins went the eight skater route, and for good reason. Patric Hornqvist got the nod over Carl Hagelin, and I think that’s the right move. We all know Vegas is taking Marc-Andre Fleury anyway. A-

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All 30 NHL teams (Vegas does not apply) will submit their protection lists prior to the expansion draft . Toronto has a considerable amount of forwards that need protection . Protecting the most important pieces of the Leafs blue line is manageable.

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Blue Jackets. There were rumblings that Jack Johnson would get the protection nod over Ryan Murray on defense. Instead, Columbus did the smart move and protected Murray while leaving Johnson exposed. That counts as a win. B+

Oilers. Not protecting Kris Russell is an immediate positive, so good job Edmonton! The rest is par for the course, with Jordan Eberle actually getting a protection slot despite rumors to the contrary. Not bad, Oilers. B+

As expected

Chicago Blackhawks v Toronto Maple Leafs© Provided by Vox Media, Inc. Chicago Blackhawks v Toronto Maple Leafs Ducks. Anaheim fans are likely panicking that both Sami Vatanen and Josh Manson remain unprotected, but that felt almost expected with how the big wig reporters were talking. The fact they remained unprotected likely means the Ducks have a deal in place with Vegas, so the worrying could likely be for naught. B

Sabres. There’s no real surprises here for the Sabres. Big veterans in Zach Bogosian and Matt Moulson were always going to remain unprotected, while youngsters like Nathan Beaulieu and Johan Larsson were rightfully protected. B

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Who the Hurricanes could lose in the NHL expansion draft . The St. Louis Blues' Scottie Upshall (10) scores a goal against the Canes' Jeff Skinner (53) and Cam Ward ( 30 ) at PNC Arena on April 8, 2017 . NHL teams have until 5 p.m to submit expansion draft protection lists .

The Oilers can’t afford to take a conservative approach when making decisions around the expansion draft . By sunilagni. It’s a rare occurrence when all 30 NHL GM’s have to play a game with specific rules and goals and challenges which will impact their rosters.

Flames. Leaving big contract Troy Brouwer exposed is a good choice for Calgary. Much like Buffalo, they protected their young, talented players like they should. Nothing to sneeze at. B

Hurricanes. Carolina is already starting to look like a new team. All three goaltenders from their system have been exposed, while Scott Darling got the expected nod as the one netminder. Vegas will likely go for Joakim Nordstrom or Lee Stempniak, but they weren’t expected to be protected. B

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One of the most exciting days of the NHL offseason is finally here: the revealing of the protected lists for each NHL team in regards to the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft . Here is who the Dallas Stars decided to lock up.

Here we get you set with all you need to know about the NHL ’s first expansion draft since 2000. 5:00 p.m. ET marks the deadline for teams to submit their expansion draft protections lists to the league office.

Blackhawks. Trevor van Riemsdyk is still the likely pick for Vegas the way the winds have been blowing, but Chicago protected everyone they needed to. Don’t be surprised, however, if the two teams have a deal in place to send someone other than van Riemsdyk to Vegas by Wednesday. B

Avalanche. I’m not sure what Vegas will want to take from Colorado, but they’ve protected their important pieces just fine. That’s all you can really ask, honestly. B

Canadiens. Jonathan Drouin joined Montreal’s expected list. Exposing Tomas Plekanec and Alexander Radulov is nothing to be worried about either. Hopefully. B

Golden goal: Building a Vegas winner

  Golden goal: Building a Vegas winner The Las Vegas Golden Knights began constructing their roster on Wednesday in an expansion draft. While some names drew some applause, the main goal for the NHL's newest team is compiling assets to compete later on.Of course, anyone familiar with the concept of an expansion draft understands that the second of those objectives is more important -- and more realistic -- than the first. Even expansion-draft rules that are generous to the team doing the selecting make it difficult to assemble a roster with many impact players. And so the best hope to build a solid, competitive team is to stockpile as many assets with as much upside as possible and hope that some pay off.

The expansion draft is drawing so much interest that a group of University of Toronto researchers put together a tool they say shows the optimal protections and picks. Once all 30 protected lists are revealed on Sunday, Vegas has a 72-hour window to negotiate with any unprotected restricted or

Now that the NHL ’s Las Vegas expansion franchise is official, it’s time to figure out how that team is going to populated at the expense of its 30 new rivals.

Devils. Some recognizable names like Beau Bennett, Devante Smith-Pelly, and Michael Cammalleri have all been exposed. However, New Jersey protected three young defensemen in John Moore, Mirco Mueller, Damon Severson, who they all seem high on. B

Rangers. Tanner Glass wasn’t protected! Regardless, New York’s protection list isn’t anything outrageous. Par for the course. B

Kings. Dustin Brown, Marian Gaborik, and Jerome Iginla are big names, but not surprising with how their team is stacked to begin with. B

Canucks. Daniel Sedin and Henrik Sedin were always going to be protected. Young standout Bo Horvat as well. Vancouver did what they needed to do here, which was not overthink it too much. B

Lightning. Tampa Bay’s path got easier after trading Drouin, but losing Cedric Paquette, J.T. Brown, or Slater Koekkoek might hurt more than expected. Still, that’s the price of being a deep team. B-

Maple Leafs. On one hand, Toronto protected Matt Martin. On the other, they protected young forward Josh Leivo. On the third hand, they did not protect trade deadline pickup Brian Boyle. It’s a give and take, I suppose. B-

Head scratchers

Ottawa Senators v Florida Panthers© Provided by Vox Media, Inc. Ottawa Senators v Florida Panthers Coyotes. As a follower of the Flyers, it surprises me that Luke Schenn and Nick Cousins got a nod from Arizona. Alexander Burmistrov and Radim Vrbata both seem like better picks to be protected, though who knows if the Coyotes are done wheeling and dealing. C+

Golden goal: Building a Vegas winner

  Golden goal: Building a Vegas winner The Las Vegas Golden Knights began constructing their roster on Wednesday in an expansion draft. While some names drew some applause, the main goal for the NHL's newest team is compiling assets to compete later on.Of course, anyone familiar with the concept of an expansion draft understands that the second of those objectives is more important -- and more realistic -- than the first. Even expansion-draft rules that are generous to the team doing the selecting make it difficult to assemble a roster with many impact players. And so the best hope to build a solid, competitive team is to stockpile as many assets with as much upside as possible and hope that some pay off.

The Toronto Maple Leafs will emerge from the expansion draft relatively unscathed, but they will still lose an asset for nothing. With the 30 NHL teams submitting their protection lists today at 5 p.m. EST (to be revealed Sunday morning), let’s take a look at how it could shake out.

The Colorado Avalanche protected list for the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft is official, though the team hasn’t released the contents. Here is the likely list . Colorado Avalanche GM Joe Sakic has just handed over his list of protected players to the NHL .

Bruins. I can’t figure out why Kevan Miller was protected over Colin Miller, or Adam McQuaid, outside of the small difference in point totals. A young defenseman like Colin Miller might be what the Golden Knights are looking for. C

Senators. Clarke MacArthur, Bobby Ryan, Marc Methot, and Viktor Stalberg are all big names to be exposed. Ryan, in particular, is a huge name that seems tempting for Vegas to snag, and for absolutely nothing in return too. C

Sharks. I’m not sure who Ryan Carpenter is, but he has just four points in 12 NHL games. Protecting him over someone like Mikkel Boedker just feels like a strange set of priorities here. C

Red Wings. Clearly general manager Ken Holland values veteran goaltender Jimmy Howard over younger goaltender Petr Mrazek. Many thought Mrazek was Detroit’s future in goal, but with his exposure to Vegas it might not be that way for much longer. C-

Panthers. Jonathan Marchessault would be a HUGE loss for the Panthers. Protecting defensemen Alex Petrovic and Mark Pysyk seems silly with a 30-goal scorer on tap. C-

Wild. Marco Scandella, Matt Dumba, and Eric Staal all have been exposed. Minnesota will likely lose one of them for nothing, and it’s quite shocking to see them protect their aging core over potential key pieces. C-

Capitals. Nate Schmidt is all but a goner it seems after the Red Wings exposed Mrazek. Which is a shame, as he really showed up in the postseason. I also cannot fathom protecting Tom Wilson, but the Capitals clearly see something in him. C-

Poor

Boston Bruins v New York Islanders© Provided by Vox Media, Inc. Boston Bruins v New York Islanders Blues. Ryan Reaves over Dmitrij Jaskin, Jori Lehtera, and David Perron? For shame, St. Louis. Our Blues blog put it quite succinctly earlier on Sunday. D

Islanders. New York likely has deals in place, but protecting Adam Pelech over Calvin de Haan and Thomas Hickey reeks of bad asset management. Not sure what general manager Garth Snow is thinking with this move. D

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