With the NHL welcoming a new franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights, NHL teams are required to put together their projected list to keep players from entering the expansion draft.
NHL teams have two options to protect their players of choice come June 18th at 9:30 a.m. The first option is teams can keep seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie. The other option is eight skaters and one goaltender. Here are some other rules outlined from NHL.com
-All players who have currently effective and continuing “No Movement” clauses at the time of the Expansion Draft (and who to decline to waive such clauses) must be protected (and will be counted toward their club’s applicable protection limits).
-All first- and second-year professionals, as well as all unsigned draft choices, will be exempt from selection (and will not be counted toward their club’s applicable protection limits).
The Chicago Blackhawks have protected the following: Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane Marian Hossa, Artem Anisimov, Ryan Hartman, Richard Panik, Tomas Jurco, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Corey Crawford.
Among the notable names on the Hawks that went unprotected are Marcus Kruger and Trevor van Riemsdyk.
The Blackhawks protected list was very predictable. Stan Bowman was going to keep the core intact. Also, the majority of the players on the list had no movement clauses ( Toews, Kane, Hossa, Anisimov, Keith, Seabrook, Hjalmarsson, and Crawford).
Panarin is exempt from the expansion draft because anyone with less than two years of AHL/NHL experience does not need to be protected.
The Vegas Golden Knights will select 30 players, one from each team, and submit their list by 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday, June 21st.