Kraken expansion draft: Protected, available lists for all 30 NHL teams

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The NHL released protected and available player lists for all 30 NHL teams heading into the Seattle Kraken’s expansion draft. (As a reminder, the Golden Knights do not need to expose a player to the Kraken.)

There isn’t much of a window for the Kraken to choose players from 30 NHL teams. The Kraken will announce their 30 player selections at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, July 21 (ESPN2 in the U.S. and Sportsnet, SN NOW and TVA Sports in Canada).

In choosing who to protect and who to expose in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft, teams followed the same format with the Kraken that they did with the Golden Knights. Players could be protected in two alignments:

  • One option: protect seven forwards, three defensemen, and one goalie.
  • The other option: any eight skaters, plus one goalie. Generally, that would translate to four forwards and four defensemen, but not always. In particular, the Predators continue to approach the expansion draft in interesting ways.

Scroll for protected and available players from all 30 NHL teams involved in the Seattle Kraken expansion draft. At the very bottom of this post, you can read more about the expansion draft rules.

[Teams should learn these lessons from the last expansion draft.]

Protected, available NHL players list for Kraken expansion draft

ANAHEIM DUCKS

Available

Andrew Agozzino (F)
David Backes (F)
Sam Carrick (F)
Chase De Leo (F)
Ryan Getzlaf (F)
Derek Grant (F)
Danton Heinen (F)
Adam Henrique (F)
Vinni Lettieri (F)
Sonny Milano (F)
Andrew Poturalski (F)
Carter Rowney (F)
Nick Sorensen (F)
Alexander Volkov (F)
Trevor Carrick (D)
Haydn Fleury (D)
Brendan Guhle (D)
Jacob Larsson (D)
Josh Mahura (D)
Kevin Shattenkirk (D)
Andy Welinski (D)
Ryan Miller (G)
Anthony Stolarz (G)

Protected

Nicolas Deslauriers (F)
Max Jones (F)
Isac Lundestrom (F)
Rickard Rakell (F)
Jakob Silfverberg (F)
Sam Steel (F)
Troy Terry (F)
Cam Fowler (D)
Hampus Lindholm (D)
Josh Manson (D)
John Gibson (G)

ARIZONA COYOTES

Available

Derick Brassard (F)
Michael Bunting (F)
Brayden Burke (F)
Michael Chaput (F)
Hudson Fasching (F)
Christian Fischer (F)
Frederik Gauthier (F)
John Hayden (F)
Dryden Hunt (F)
Andrew Ladd (F)
Lane Pederson (F)
Tyler Pitlick (F)
Blake Speers (F)
Tyler Steenbergen (F)
Jason Demers (D)
Cam Dineen (D)
Alex Goligoski (D)
Jordan Gross (D)
Niklas Hjalmarsson (D)
Ilya Lyubushkin (D)
Dysin Mayo (D)
Aaron Ness (D)
Jordan Oesterle (D)
Vili Saarijarvi (D)
Josef Korenar (G)
Marek Langhamer (G)
Antti Raanta (G)

Protected

Lawson Crouse (F)
Christian Dvorak (F)
Conor Garland (F)
Clayton Keller (F)
Phil Kessel (F)
Johan Larsson (F)
Nick Schmaltz (F)
Kyle Capobianco (D)
Jakob Chychrun (D)
Oliver Ekman-Larsson (D)
Darcy Kuemper (G)

BOSTON BRUINS

Available

Anton Blidh (F)
Paul Carey (F)
Peter Cehlarik (F)
Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson (F)
Taylor Hall (F)
Cameron Hughes (F)
Ondrej Kase (F)
Alex Khokhlachev (F)
Joona Koppanen (F)
David Krejci (F)
Karson Kuhlman (F)
Sean Kuraly (F)
Curtis Lazar (F)
Greg McKegg (F)
Nick Ritchie (F)
Zach Senyshyn (F)
Chris Wagner (F)
Linus Arnesson (D)
Connor Clifton (D)
Steven Kampfer (D)
Jeremy Lauzon (D)
Kevan Miller (D)
John Moore (D)
Mike Reilly (D)
Jarred Tinordi (D)
Jakub Zboril (D)
Callum Booth (G)
Jaroslav Halak (G)
Tuukka Rask (G)

Protected

Patrice Bergeron (F)
Charlie Coyle (F)
Jake DeBrusk (F)
Trent Frederic (F)
Brad Marchand (F)
David Pastrnak (F)
Craig Smith (F)
Brandon Carlo (D)
Matt Grzelcyk (D)
Charlie McAvoy (D)
Dan Vladar (G)

BUFFALO SABRES

Available

Drake Caggiula (F)
Jean-Sebastien Dea (F)
Cody Eakin (F)
Steven Fogarty (F)
Zemgus Girgensons (F)
Andrew Oglevie (F)
Kyle Okposo (F)
Tobias Rieder (F)
Riley Sheahan (F)
Jeff Skinner (F)
C.J. Smith (F)
Will Borgen (D)
Brandon Davidson (D)
Matt Irwin (D)
Jake McCabe (D)
Colin Miller (D)
Casey Nelson (D)
Michael Houser (G)
Carter Hutton (G)
Dustin Tokarski (G)

Protected

Rasmus Asplund (F)
Anders Bjork (F)
Jack Eichel (F)
Casey Mittelstadt (F)
Victor Olofsson (F)
Sam Reinhart (F)
Tage Thompson (F)
Rasmus Dahlin (D)
Henri Jokiharju (D)
Rasmus Ristolainen (D)
Linus Ullmark (G)

CALGARY FLAMES

Available

Byron Froese (F)
Glenn Gawdin (F)
Justin Kirkland (F)
Josh Leivo (F)
Milan Lucic (F)
Joakim Nordstrom (F)
Matthew Phillips (F)
Zac Rinaldo (F)
Brett Ritchie (F)
Buddy Robinson (F)
Derek Ryan (F)
Dominik Simon (F)
Mark Giordano (D)
Oliver Kylington (D)
Nikita Nesterov (D)
Alexander Petrovic (D)
Michael Stone (D)
Louis Domingue (G)
Tyler Parsons (G)

Protected

Mikael Backlund (F)
Dillon Dube (F)
Johnny Gaudreau (F)
Elias Lindholm (F)
Andrew Mangiapane (F)
Sean Monahan (F)
Matthew Tkachuk (F)
Rasmus Andersson (D)
Noah Hanifin (D)
Christopher Tanev (D)
Jacob Markstrom (G)

CAROLINA HURRICANES

Available

Morgan Geekie (F)
Steven Lorentz (F)
Jordan Martinook (F)
Max McCormick (F)
Brock McGinn (F)
Nino Niederreiter (F)
Cedric Paquette (F)
Sheldon Rempal (F)
Drew Shore (F)
Spencer Smallman (F)
Jake Bean (D)
Jake Gardiner (D)
Eric Gelinas (D)
Jani Hakanpaa (D)
Dougie Hamilton (D)
Maxime Lajoie (D)
Roland McKeown (D)
Joakim Ryan (D)
David Warsofsky (D)
Antoine Bibeau (G)
Jeremy Helvig (G)
Petr Mrazek (G)
James Reimer (G)
Dylan Wells (G)

Protected

Sebastian Aho (F)
Jesper Fast (F)
Warren Foegele (F)
Jordan Staal (F)
Andrei Svechnikov (F)
Teuvo Teravainen (F)
Vincent Trocheck (F)
Brett Pesce (D)
Brady Skjei (D)
Jaccob Slavin (D)
Alex Nedeljkovic (G)

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS

Available

Ryan Carpenter (F)
Brett Connolly (F)
Josh Dickinson (F)
Adam Gaudette (F)
Vinnie Hinostroza (F)
Brandon Pirri (F)
John Quenneville (F)
Zack Smith (F)
Calvin de Haan (D)
Anton Lindholm (D)
Nikita Zadorov (D)
Collin Delia (G)
Malcolm Subban (G)

Protected

Henrik Borgstrom (F)
Alex DeBrincat (F)
Brandon Hagel (F)
David Kampf (F)
Patrick Kane (F)
Dylan Strome (F)
Jonathan Toews (F)
Caleb Jones (D)
Connor Murphy (D)
Riley Stillman (D)
Kevin Lankinen (G)

COLORADO AVALANCHE

Available

Travis Barron (F)
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (F)
Matt Calvert (F)
J.T. Compher (F)
Joonas Donskoi (F)
Sheldon Dries (F)
Vladislav Kamenev (F)
Gabriel Landeskog (F)
Ty Lewis (F)
Jayson Megna (F)
Liam O'Brien (F)
Brandon Saad (F)
Miikka Salomaki (F)
Kiefer Sherwood (F)
Carl Soderberg (F)
T.J. Tynan (F)
Mike Vecchione (F)
Kyle Burroughs (D)
Dennis Gilbert (D)
Erik Johnson (D)
Jacob MacDonald (D)
Patrik Nemeth (D)
Dan Renouf (D)
Devan Dubnyk (G)
Jonas Johansson (G)
Hunter Miska (G)

Protected

Andre Burakovsky (F)
Tyson Jost (F)
Nazem Kadri (F)
Nathan MacKinnon (F)
Valeri Nichushkin (F)
Logan O'Connor (F)
Mikko Rantanen (F)
Samuel Girard (D)
Cale Makar (D)
Devon Toews (D)
Philipp Grubauer (G)

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS

Available

Zac Dalpe (F)
Max Domi (F)
Nathan Gerbe (F)
Mikhail Grigorenko (F)
Ryan MacInnis (F)
Stefan Matteau (F)
Cliff Pu (F)
Kole Sherwood (F)
Kevin Stenlund (F)
Calvin Thurkauf (F)
Daniel Zaar (F)
Gavin Bayreuther (D)
Gabriel Carlsson (D)
Adam Clendening (D)
Michael Del Zotto (D)
Scott Harrington (D)
Dean Kukan (D)
Cameron Johnson (G)

Protected

Cam Atkinson (F)
Oliver Bjorkstrand (F)
Boone Jenner (F)
Patrik Laine (F)
Gustav Nyquist (F)
Eric Robinson (F)
Jack Roslovic (F)
Vladislav Gavrikov (D)
Seth Jones (D)
Zach Werenski (D)
Joonas Korpisalo (G)

DALLAS STARS

Available

Nick Caamano (F)
Andrew Cogliano (F)
Blake Comeau (F)
Justin Dowling (F)
Tanner Kero (F)
Joel L'Esperance (F)
Adam Mascherin (F)
Matej Stransky (F)
Taylor Fedun (D)
Ben Gleason (D)
Joel Hanley (D)
Niklas Hansson (D)
Julius Honka (D)
Jamie Oleksiak (D)
Mark Pysyk (D)
Andrej Sekera (D)
Sami Vatanen (D)
Ben Bishop (G)
Landon Bow (G)
Colton Point (G)

Protected

Jamie Benn (F)
Radek Faksa (F)
Denis Gurianov (F)
Roope Hintz (F)
Joe Pavelski (F)
Alexander Radulov (F)
Tyler Seguin (F)
Miro Heiskanen (D)
John Klingberg (D)
Esa Lindell (D)
Anton Khudobin (G)

DETROIT RED WINGS

Available

Riley Barber (F)
Kyle Criscuolo (F)
Turner Elson (F)
Valtteri Filppula (F)
Sam Gagner (F)
Luke Glendening (F)
Darren Helm (F)
Taro Hirose (F)
Vladislav Namestnikov (F)
Frans Nielsen (F)
Bobby Ryan (F)
Evgeny Svechnikov (F)
Dominic Turgeon (F)
Hayden Verbeek (F)
Alex Biega (D)
Dennis Cholowski (D)
Danny DeKeyser (D)
Christian Djoos (D)
Joe Hicketts (D)
Dylan McIlrath (D)
Marc Staal (D)
Troy Stecher (D)
Jonathan Bernier (G)
Kevin Boyle (G)
Kaden Fulcher (G)
Calvin Pickard (G)

Protected

Tyler Bertuzzi (F)
Adam Erne (F)
Robby Fabbri (F)
Dylan Larkin (F)
Michael Rasmussen (F)
Givani Smith (F)
Jakub Vrana (F)
Filip Hronek (D)
Nick Leddy (D)
Gustav Lindstrom (D)
Thomas Greiss (G)

EDMONTON OILERS

Available

Tyler Benson (F)
Alex Chiasson (F)
Adam Cracknell (F)
Tyler Ennis (F)
Joseph Gambardella (F)
Seth Griffith (F)
Dominik Kahun (F)
Jujhar Khaira (F)
Cooper Marody (F)
James Neal (F)
Alan Quine (F)
Patrick Russell (F)
Devin Shore (F)
Anton Slepyshev (F)
Kyle Turris (F)
Bogdan Yakimov (F)
Tyson Barrie (D)
Oscar Klefbom (D)
Slater Koekkoek (D)
Dmitry Kulikov (D)
William Lagesson (D)
Adam Larsson (D)
Kris Russell (D)
Mikko Koskinen (G)
Mike Smith (G)
Alex Stalock (G)

Protected

Josh Archibald (F)
Leon Draisaitl (F)
Zack Kassian (F)
Connor McDavid (F)
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (F)
Jesse Puljujarvi (F)
Kailer Yamamoto (F)
Ethan Bear (D)
Duncan Keith (D)
Darnell Nurse (D)
Stuart Skinner (G)

FLORIDA PANTHERS

Available

Noel Acciari (F)
Patrick Bajkov (F)
Juho Lammikko (F)
Ryan Lomberg (F)
Brad Morrison (F)
Aleksi Saarela (F)
Frank Vatrano (F)
Lucas Wallmark (F)
Alex Wennberg (F)
Scott Wilson (F)
Lucas Carlsson (D)
Kevin Connauton (D)
Tommy Cross (D)
Radko Gudas (D)
Noah Juulsen (D)
Brady Keeper (D)
Brandon Montour (D)
Markus Nutivaara (D)
Ethan Prow (D)
Anton Stralman (D)
Philippe Desrosiers (G)
Chris Driedger (G)
Sam Montembeault (G)

Protected

Aleksander Barkov (F)
Sam Bennett (F)
Anthony Duclair (F)
Patric Hornqvist (F)
Jonathan Huberdeau (F)
Mason Marchment (F)
Carter Verhaeghe (F)
Aaron Ekblad (D)
Gustav Forsling (D)
MacKenzie Weegar (D)
Sergei Bobrovsky (G)

LOS ANGELES KINGS

Available

Andreas Athanasiou (F)
Michael Eyssimont (F)
Martin Frk (F)
Carl Grundstrom (F)
Bokondji Imama (F)
Brendan Lemieux (F)
Blake Lizotte (F)
Matt Luff (F)
Drake Rymsha (F)
Austin Wagner (F)
Mark Alt (D)
Daniel Brickley (D)
Kale Clague (D)
Olli Maatta (D)
Kurtis MacDermid (D)
Jacob Moverare (D)
Austin Strand (D)
Christian Wolanin (D)
Troy Grosenick (G)
Jonathan Quick (G)

Protected

Lias Andersson (F)
Viktor Arvidsson (F)
Dustin Brown (F)
Alex Iafallo (F)
Adrian Kempe (F)
Anze Kopitar (F)
Trevor Moore (F)
Drew Doughty (D)
Matt Roy (D)
Sean Walker (D)
Calvin Petersen (G)

MINNESOTA WILD

Available

William Bitten (F)
Nick Bjugstad (F)
Nick Bonino (F)
Joseph Cramarossa (F)
Gabriel Dumont (F)
Marcus Johansson (F)
Luke Johnson (F)
Victor Rask (F)
Kyle Rau (F)
Mason Shaw (F)
Dmitry Sokolov (F)
Matt Bartkowski (D)
Louie Belpedio (D)
Ian Cole (D)
Brad Hunt (D)
Ian McCoshen (D)
Brennan Menell (D)
Dakota Mermis (D)
Carson Soucy (D)
Andrew Hammond (G)
Kaapo Kahkonen (G)

Protected

Joel Eriksson Ek (F)
Kevin Fiala (F)
Marcus Foligno (F)
Jordan Greenway (F)
Ryan Hartman (F)
Nico Sturm (F)
Mats Zuccarello (F)
Jonas Brodin (D)
Matt Dumba (D)
Jared Spurgeon (D)
Cam Talbot (G)

MONTREAL CANADIENS

Available

Brandon Baddock (F)
Joseph Blandisi (F)
Paul Byron (F)
Phillip Danault (F)
Laurent Dauphin (F)
Jonathan Drouin (F)
Michael Frolik (F)
Charles Hudon (F)
Corey Perry (F)
Michael Pezzetta (F)
Eric Staal (F)
Tomas Tatar (F)
Lukas Vejdemo (F)
Jordan Weal (F)
Cale Fleury (D)
Erik Gustafsson (D)
Brett Kulak (D)
Jon Merrill (D)
Gustav Olofsson (D)
Xavier Ouellet (D)
Shea Weber (D)
Charlie Lindgren (G)
Michael McNiven (G)
Carey Price (G)

Protected

Josh Anderson (F)
Joel Armia (F)
Jake Evans (F)
Brendan Gallagher (F)
Jesperi Kotkaniemi (F)
Artturi Lehkonen (F)
Tyler Toffoli (F)
Ben Chiarot (D)
Joel Edmundson (D)
Jeff Petry (D)
Jake Allen (G)

NASHVILLE PREDATORS

Available

Michael Carcone (F)
Nick Cousins (F)
Matt Duchene (F)
Mikael Granlund (F)
Rocco Grimaldi (F)
Erik Haula (F)
Calle Jarnkrok (F)
Ryan Johansen (F)
Sean Malone (F)
Michael McCarron (F)
Rem Pitlick (F)
Anthony Richard (F)
Brad Richardson (F)
Colton Sissons (F)
Yakov Trenin (F)
Frederic Allard (D)
Matt Benning (D)
Mark Borowiecki (D)
Erik Gudbranson (D)
Ben Harpur (D)
Josh Healey (D)
Tyler Lewington (D)
Connor Ingram (G)
Kasimir Kaskisuo (G)
Pekka Rinne (G)

Protected

Filip Forsberg (F)
Tanner Jeannot (F)
Luke Kunin (F)
Alexandre Carrier (D)
Mattias Ekholm (D)
Dante Fabbro (D)
Roman Josi (D)
Philippe Myers (D)
Juuse Saros (G)

NEW JERSEY DEVILS

Available

Nathan Bastian (F)
Christoph Bertschy (F)
Brandon Gignac (F)
A.J. Greer (F)
Andreas Johnsson (F)
Ivan Khomutov (F)
Nicholas Merkley (F)
Brett Seney (F)
Ben Street (F)
Marian Studenic (F)
Will Butcher (D)
Connor Carrick (D)
Josh Jacobs (D)
Ryan Murray (D)
David Quenneville (D)
Colby Sissons (D)
P.K. Subban (D)
Matt Tennyson (D)
Colton White (D)
Evan Cormier (G)
Aaron Dell (G)
Scott Wedgewood (G)

Protected

Jesper Bratt (F)
Nico Hischier (F)
Janne Kuokkanen (F)
Michael McLeod (F)
Yegor Sharangovich (F)
Miles Wood (F)
Pavel Zacha (F)
Ryan Graves (D)
Damon Severson (D)
Jonas Siegenthaler (D)
Mackenzie Blackwood (G)

NEW YORK ISLANDERS

Available

Josh Bailey (F)
Cole Bardreau (F)
Kieffer Bellows (F)
Casey Cizikas (F)
Austin Czarnik (F)
Michael Dal Colle (F)
Jordan Eberle (F)
Tanner Fritz (F)
Joshua Ho-Sang (F)
Ross Johnston (F)
Otto Koivula (F)
Leo Komarov (F)
Kyle Palmieri (F)
Richard Panik (F)
Dmytro Timashov (F)
Travis Zajac (F)
Sebastian Aho (D)
Braydon Coburn (D)
Andy Greene (D)
Thomas Hickey (D)
Mitchell Vande Sompel (D)
Parker Wotherspoon (D)
Ken Appleby (G)
Cory Schneider (G)

Protected

Mathew Barzal (F)
Anthony Beauvillier (F)
Cal Clutterbuck (F)
Anders Lee (F)
Matt Martin (F)
Brock Nelson (F)
Jean-Gabriel Pageau (F)
Scott Mayfield (D)
Adam Pelech (D)
Ryan Pulock (D)
Semyon Varlamov (G)

NEW YORK RANGERS

Available

Colin Blackwell (F)
Jonny Brodzinski (F)
Phillip Di Giuseppe (F)
Gabriel Fontaine (F)
Julien Gauthier (F)
Tim Gettinger (F)
Barclay Goodrow (F)
Anthony Greco (F)
Ty Ronning (F)
Anthony Bitetto (D)
Brandon Crawley (D)
Tony DeAngelo (D)
Nick DeSimone (D)
Mason Geertsen (D)
Jack Johnson (D)
Darren Raddysh (D)
Brendan Smith (D)
Keith Kinkaid (G)

Protected

Pavel Buchnevich (F)
Filip Chytil (F)
Chris Kreider (F)
Artemi Panarin (F)
Kevin Rooney (F)
Ryan Strome (F)
Mika Zibanejad (F)
Libor Hajek (D)
Ryan Lindgren (D)
Jacob Trouba (D)
Alexandar Georgiev (G)

OTTAWA SENATORS

Available

Vitaly Abramov (F)
Michael Amadio (F)
Artem Anisimov (F)
J.C. Beaudin (F)
Clark Bishop (F)
Evgenii Dadonov (F)
Jonathan Davidsson (F)
Ryan Dzingel (F)
Micheal Haley (F)
Jack Kopacka (F)
Zachary Magwood (F)
Matthew Peca (F)
Logan Shaw (F)
Derek Stepan (F)
Chris Tierney (F)
Josh Brown (D)
Cody Goloubef (D)
Mikael Wikstrand (D)
Joey Daccord (G)
Anton Forsberg (G)
Marcus Hogberg (G)
Matt Murray (G)

Protected

Drake Batherson (F)
Connor Brown (F)
Logan Brown (F)
Nick Paul (F)
Brady Tkachuk (F)
Austin Watson (F)
Colin White (F)
Thomas Chabot (D)
Victor Mete (D)
Nikita Zaitsev (D)
Filip Gustavsson (G)

PHILADELPHIA FLYERS

Available

Andy Andreoff (F)
Connor Bunnaman (F)
David Kase (F)
Pascal Laberge (F)
Samuel Morin (F)
German Rubtsov (F)
Carsen Twarynski (F)
James van Riemsdyk (F)
Jakub Voracek (F)
Mikhail Vorobyev (F)
Chris Bigras (D)
Justin Braun (D)
Shayne Gostisbehere (D)
Robert Hagg (D)
Derrick Pouliot (D)
Nate Prosser (D)
Tyler Wotherspoon (D)
Brian Elliott (G)
Alex Lyon (G)
Felix Sandstrom (G)

Protected

Nicolas Aube-Kubel (F)
Sean Couturier (F)
Claude Giroux (F)
Kevin Hayes (F)
Travis Konecny (F)
Scott Laughton (F)
Oskar Lindblom (F)
Ryan Ellis (D)
Ivan Provorov (D)
Travis Sanheim (D)
Carter Hart (G)

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS

Available

Pontus Aberg (F)
Anthony Angello (F)
Zach Aston-Reese (F)
Josh Currie (F)
Frederick Gaudreau (F)
Mark Jankowski (F)
Sam Lafferty (F)
Sam Miletic (F)
Evan Rodrigues (F)
Colton Sceviour (F)
Brandon Tanev (F)
Jason Zucker (F)
Cody Ceci (D)
Kevin Czuczman (D)
Mark Friedman (D)
Jesper Lindgren (D)
Andrey Pedan (D)
Marcus Pettersson (D)
Juuso Riikola (D)
Chad Ruhwedel (D)
Yannick Weber (D)
Casey DeSmith (G)
Maxime Lagace (G)

Protected

Teddy Blueger (F)
Jeff Carter (F)
Sidney Crosby (F)
Jake Guentzel (F)
Kasperi Kapanen (F)
Evgeni Malkin (F)
Bryan Rust (F)
Brian Dumoulin (D)
Kris Letang (D)
Mike Matheson (D)
Tristan Jarry (G)

SAN JOSE SHARKS

Available

Ryan Donato (F)
Kurtis Gabriel (F)
Dylan Gambrell (F)
Jayden Halbgewachs (F)
Maxim Letunov (F)
Patrick Marleau (F)
Matt Nieto (F)
Marcus Sorensen (F)
Alexander True (F)
Christian Jaros (D)
Nicolas Meloche (D)
Jacob Middleton (D)
Greg Pateryn (D)
Radim Simek (D)
Martin Jones (G)

Protected

Rudolfs Balcers (F)
Logan Couture (F)
Jonathan Dahlen (F)
Tomas Hertl (F)
Evander Kane (F)
Kevin Labanc (F)
Timo Meier (F)
Brent Burns (D)
Erik Karlsson (D)
Marc-Edouard Vlasic (D)
Adin Hill (G)

ST. LOUIS BLUES

Available

Sam Anas (F)
Sammy Blais (F)
Tyler Bozak (F)
Kyle Clifford (F)
Jacob de la Rose (F)
Mike Hoffman (F)
Tanner Kaspick (F)
Mackenzie MacEachern (F)
Curtis McKenzie (F)
Austin Poganski (F)
Zach Sanford (F)
Jaden Schwartz (F)
Nolan Stevens (F)
Vladimir Tarasenko (F)
Nathan Walker (F)
Robert Bortuzzo (D)
Vince Dunn (D)
Petteri Lindbohm (D)
Niko Mikkola (D)
Mitch Reinke (D)
Steven Santini (D)
Marco Scandella (D)
Jake Walman (D)
Evan Fitzpatrick (G)
Jon Gillies (G)
Ville Husso (G)

Protected

Ivan Barbashev (F)
Jordan Kyrou (F)
Ryan O'Reilly (F)
David Perron (F)
Brayden Schenn (F)
Oskar Sundqvist (F)
Robert Thomas (F)
Justin Faulk (D)
Torey Krug (D)
Colton Parayko (D)
Jordan Binnington (G)

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

Available

Alex Barre-Boulet (F)
Blake Coleman (F)
Ross Colton (F)
Yanni Gourde (F)
Tyler Johnson (F)
Mathieu Joseph (F)
Boris Katchouk (F)
Alex Killorn (F)
Pat Maroon (F)
Boo Nieves (F)
Ondrej Palat (F)
Taylor Raddysh (F)
Gemel Smith (F)
Otto Somppi (F)
Mitchell Stephens (F)
Daniel Walcott (F)
Luke Witkowski (F)
Andreas Borgman (D)
Fredrik Claesson (D)
Sean Day (D)
Cal Foote (D)
Brian Lashoff (D)
Dominik Masin (D)
Jan Rutta (D)
David Savard (D)
Luke Schenn (D)
Ben Thomas (D)
Christopher Gibson (G)
Spencer Martin (G)
Curtis McElhinney (G)

Protected

Anthony Cirelli (F)
Nikita Kucherov (F)
Brayden Point (F)
Steven Stamkos (F)
Erik Cernak (D)
Victor Hedman (D)
Ryan McDonagh (D)
Mikhail Sergachev (D)
Andrei Vasilevskiy (G)

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS

Available

Kenny Agostino (F)
Joey Anderson (F)
Adam Brooks (F)
Pierre Engvall (F)
Nick Foligno (F)
Alex Galchenyuk (F)
Zach Hyman (F)
Alexander Kerfoot (F)
Kalle Kossila (F)
Denis Malgin (F)
Jared McCann (F)
Riley Nash (F)
Stefan Noesen (F)
Nic Petan (F)
Scott Sabourin (F)
Wayne Simmonds (F)
Jason Spezza (F)
Antti Suomela (F)
Joe Thornton (F)
Zach Bogosian (D)
Travis Dermott (D)
Ben Hutton (D)
Martin Marincin (D)
Calle Rosen (D)
Frederik Andersen (G)
Michael Hutchinson (G)
David Rittich (G)

Protected

Mitchell Marner (F)
Auston Matthews (F)
William Nylander (F)
John Tavares (F)
TJ Brodie (D)
Justin Holl (D)
Jake Muzzin (D)
Morgan Rielly (D)
Jack Campbell (G)

VANCOUVER CANUCKS

Available

Sven Baertschi (F)
Justin Bailey (F)
Jay Beagle (F)
Travis Boyd (F)
Loui Eriksson (F)
Jonah Gadjovich (F)
Tyler Graovac (F)
Jayce Hawryluk (F)
Matthew Highmore (F)
Lukas Jasek (F)
Kole Lind (F)
Zack MacEwen (F)
Petrus Palmu (F)
Antoine Roussel (F)
Brandon Sutter (F)
Jimmy Vesey (F)
Jake Virtanen (F)
Madison Bowey (D)
Guillaume Brisebois (D)
Jalen Chatfield (D)
Alexander Edler (D)
Travis Hamonic (D)
Brogan Rafferty (D)
Ashton Sautner (D)
Josh Teves (D)
Braden Holtby (G)

Protected

Brock Boeser (F)
Jason Dickinson (F)
Bo Horvat (F)
J.T. Miller (F)
Tyler Motte (F)
Tanner Pearson (F)
Elias Pettersson (F)
Olli Juolevi (D)
Tyler Myers (D)
Nate Schmidt (D)
Thatcher Demko (G)

WASHINGTON CAPITALS

Available

Daniel Carr (F)
Nic Dowd (F)
Shane Gersich (F)
Carl Hagelin (F)
Garnet Hathaway (F)
Axel Jonsson-Fjallby (F)
Alex Ovechkin (F)
Garrett Pilon (F)
Brian Pinho (F)
Michael Raffl (F)
Michael Sgarbossa (F)
Conor Sheary (F)
Zdeno Chara (D)
Brenden Dillon (D)
Nick Jensen (D)
Lucas Johansen (D)
Michal Kempny (D)
Paul LaDue (D)
Cameron Schilling (D)
Justin Schultz (D)
Craig Anderson (G)
Pheonix Copley (G)
Zach Fucale (G)
Vitek Vanecek (G)

Protected

Nicklas Backstrom (F)
Lars Eller (F)
Evgeny Kuznetsov (F)
Anthony Mantha (F)
T.J. Oshie (F)
Daniel Sprong (F)
Tom Wilson (F)
John Carlson (D)
Dmitry Orlov (D)
Trevor van Riemsdyk (D)
Ilya Samsonov (G)

WINNIPEG JETS

Available

Mason Appleton (F)
Marko Dano (F)
Jansen Harkins (F)
Trevor Lewis (F)
Skyler McKenzie (F)
Mathieu Perreault (F)
Paul Stastny (F)
CJ Suess (F)
Nate Thompson (F)
Dominic Toninato (F)
Nathan Beaulieu (D)
Jordie Benn (D)
Dylan DeMelo (D)
Derek Forbort (D)
Luke Green (D)
Sami Niku (D)
Nelson Nogier (D)
Tucker Poolman (D)
Mikhail Berdin (G)
Laurent Brossoit (G)
Eric Comrie (G)
Cole Kehler (G)

Protected

Kyle Connor (F)
Andrew Copp (F)
Pierre-Luc Dubois (F)
Nikolaj Ehlers (F)
Adam Lowry (F)
Mark Scheifele (F)
Blake Wheeler (F)
Josh Morrissey (D)
Neal Pionk (D)
Logan Stanley (D)
Connor Hellebuyck (G)

Seattle Kraken expansion draft rules refresher

Now, you might want a refresher on the Seattle Kraken expansion draft rules.

Each NHL team (except the Golden Knights) needed to choose to protect players under two alignment options:

  1. Protecting seven forwards, three defensemen, and one goalie.
  2. Protecting any combination of eight skaters (example: four forwards, four defensemen), and a goalie.

That said, not every NHL player is involved, so some prospects were not available to the expansion draft. Meanwhile, NHL teams were forced to protect certain players because of contract factors. As the NHL explains:

* All players with no movement clauses at the time of the draft, and who decline to waive those clauses, must be protected and will be counted toward their team’s applicable protection limits.

* All first- and second-year professionals, and all unsigned draft choices, will be exempt from selection and will not be counted toward protection limits.

So, the 30 NHL teams involved faced those considerations. What about some of the minimums and other factors for the Kraken in selecting players in the expansion draft? Here are some key details:

  • The Kraken must select at least: 14 forwards, nine defensemen, and three goalies. They’ll need to select one player from all 30 teams in the expansion draft.
  • At least 20 players must be under contract for the 2021-22 season. That part of the process once made it tougher to put together these PHT lists.
  • The total cap hit must fall somewhere between 60-percent and 100-percent of the upper limit of the salary cap.
  • Starting on Sunday (July 18), the Kraken open a window to exclusively negotiate with pending free agents who were not protected by NHL teams. If the Kraken signed one of those free agents, that player would count as Seattle’s pick for a given team.

Want even more detail? The NHL’s rules explained how injuries and other factors work.

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.

Former Bruins coach Cassidy wins; Boston’s home streak ends

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BOSTON — The Vegas Golden Knights made former Boston coach Bruce Cassidy’s return a success on Reilly Smith‘s score in the fifth round of the shootout, beating the Bruins 4-3 to end their NHL-record for home victories to open a season at 14 games.

The 57-year-old Cassidy was fired by Boston following 5 1/2 seasons in June after the Bruins were eliminated by Carolina in the opening round of the playoffs.

Eight days after he was let go, he was hired by Vegas.

In a matchup of two of the league’s top three teams, Western conference-leading Vegas opened a 3-0 lead early in the second period on two goals by Paul Cotter and the other by Jonathan Marchessault before the Bruins started their comeback when Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak scored just over six minutes apart late in the period.

They tied it on Taylor Hall‘s power-play goal 3:08 into the third when he spun in front and slipped a shot from the slot past goalie Logan Thompson.

Smith had the only score in the shootout, slipping a forehand shot past goalie Jeremy Swayman.

Cassidy took over as Boston’s interim coach on Feb. 7, 2016, before getting the head job that April. His teams made the playoffs all six seasons, including a trip to the 2019 Stanley Cup Final when they lost the seventh game at home against St. Louis.

Cassidy knows what it sounds like in TD Garden with The Standells’ song “Dirty Water” blaring after Bruins’ wins.

“Now that you brought it up, I’m used to hearing “Dirty Water” at the end of the game,” he said, smiling. “I’m glad I didn’t hear it tonight. The streak is irrelevant to me. It’s nice to come in and play well.”

Boston lost for just the second time in 12 games.

“This locker room sticks together, and we knew we were going to do something special tonight,” Swayman said. “It (stinks) losing, but we’re going to make sure we fix the problems.”

The Bruins’ home-opening streak broke the record of 11 that was set by the 1963-64 Chicago Blackhawks and equaled by the Florida Panthers last season.

Before the shootout, Thompson made 40 saves. Boston’s backup Swayman had 21.

“This city meant a lot to him, and he was fired up ready to go,” Thompson said of Cassidy. “We went out there and tried to get him two points tonight.”

Cotter collected William Karlsson‘s pass inside the left circle and unloaded a wrister under the crossbar 1:36 into the game.

Marchessault stole Pastrnak’s attempted clearing pass, broke in alone and tucked in his own rebound to make it 2-0.

Cotter’s second came 51 seconds into the second period when he slipped a wrister past Swayman’s glove.

“We couldn’t get it done early, before the shootout. We had chances,” Pastrnak said. “It’s a tough one to swallow.”

Vegas star forward Jack Eichel missed the game with a lower-body injury.

TRIBUTE

The Bruins played a video montage of Cassidy on the Jumbotron late in the opening period that ended with a picture of him and said: “Welcome back, Bruce.”

The crowd gave him a nice ovation and he waved thanking them.

“It’s a really nice gesture by the Bruins’ organization,” he said. “I appreciate it. I said all along that I have a tremendous amount of respect for them. I’m thankful they did it.”

FOR THE RECORD

Cassidy finished tied for third on the Bruins’ coaching list with Hall of Famer Milt Schmidt (1955-66) at 245 victories, behind Claude Julien’s (2008-17) 419 and Art Ross (1925-45) with 387.

EXTRA SPECIAL TEAMS

The Bruins entered the game ranked second in the league both with their power play (29.6%) and penalty killing (84.1%).

UP NEXT

Golden Knights: Host the New York Rangers.

Bruins: At the Colorado Avalanche.

Penguins plot a way forward as Letang recovers from stroke

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PITTSBURGH — Kris Letang returned to the ice on Thursday, just three days after suffering the second stroke of his career.

The “twirl” the longtime Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman took at the club’s practice facility was approved by team doctors, a spin designed to help Letang’s mental health and nothing else. While the 35-year-old remains upbeat, it remains far too early to put a timeline on when his familiar No. 58 will return to the lineup.

Though Pittsburgh general manager Ron Hextall indicated this stroke isn’t as severe as the one Letang endured in 2014 – when a hole in the wall of his heart led to a stroke that forced him to miss two months – the six-time All-Star is continuing to undergo tests.

There are no plans for Letang to participate in any sort of hockey-specific drills anytime soon, with coach Mike Sullivan stressing the club will “err on the side of caution” when it comes to whatever rehab Letang might need.

While Letang – one of the most well-conditioned players in the NHL – essentially went through the motions by himself, his teammates were 30 minutes south at PPG Paints Arena getting ready for a visit from Vegas and trying to plot a way forward without one of the franchise cornerstones, at least in the short term.

Letang made it a point to help break the news to the rest of the Penguins following a 3-2 overtime loss to Carolina on Tuesday. Pittsburgh scratched Letang from the lineup with an unspecified illness and he spent a portion of the game watching from the press box next to Hextall.

Afterward, Letang informed a somber locker room about his condition, a revelation that came as a shock even as he did his best to reassure those around him that he was and is OK.

“It’s very serious health stuff,” defenseman Chad Ruhwedel said. “You hear about strokes and it’s never really good so we’re just glad to see he’s doing well and everything is good with him.”

Sullivan understands it would be practically impossible for any of the other defensemen on the roster to replicate what Letang brings to the ice, so he’s not going to ask any one player to try. There are few players at the position in the NHL who have Letang’s mix of speed, skill and almost bottomless energy.

The highest-scoring defenseman in franchise history is averaging a team-best 23:54 of ice time and has long been a fixture on the power play and in just about every crucial late-game situation.

“I just think Tanger is not an easy guy to replace,” Sullivan said. “I don’t think from a tactical standpoint things change drastically. It’s just personnel based. But as you know, personnel can mean a lot in those types of situations.”

It’s more than that, however. This isn’t a routine injury. There’s an emotional component and an unknown element to Letang’s status even as the Penguins insist they don’t believe his condition is career-threatening.

“This is a whole different circumstance than an ankle injury or a shoulder injury,” Sullivan said. “This is a very different circumstance.”

Letang’s on-ice presence is just one aspect of his importance to a team that has never missed the playoffs since he made his debut in 2007. He’s become a mentor to younger teammates like 23-year-old defenseman Pierre-Olivier Joseph, who like Letang is French-Canadian and who, like Letang, plays with a graceful fluidity.

Joseph, who declined to get into specifics about Letang’s message to the team on Tuesday night, believes the best thing the Penguins can do during Letang’s absence is attack the game with the same passion he’s shown for 17 seasons and counting.

“The way he plays for the team every single night and the way he puts his heart and soul into the game on the ice, it’s the least we can do is have our thoughts of him whenever we get on the ice,” Joseph said.

Sullivan shuffled the lineup on Tuesday, elevating veteran Jeff Petry and Brian Dumoulin to the top defensive pair. Petry possesses a skillset that’s not too far removed from Letang’s, but it’s also his first year in Pittsburgh. Asking him to provide the leadership that’s innate to Letang is unfair. It’s one of the reasons Sullivan is insistent that it will take a group effort to fill in for a singular presence.

“We have some diversity on our blue line right now,” Sullivan said. “We feel like we have guys capable of stepping in and getting the job done for us and we’re going to try and do that.”

LA Kings put goaltender Cal Petersen on waivers

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings put goaltender Cal Petersen on waivers, a surprising move for a player once considered the successor in net to two-time Stanley Cup winner Jonathan Quick.

Petersen, 28, went on waivers the day after allowing four goals on 16 shots in relief of Quick during a 9-8 overtime loss to the Seattle Kraken. Quick was pulled after giving up five goals on 14 shots.

Only one NHL goalie has a save percentage lower than Petersen’s .868 this season, Elvis Merzlikins of the Columbus Blue Jackets with .864. Petersen is 5-3-2 in 10 games with a 3.75 goals-against average in his third full season with the Kings and fifth overall.

L.A. signed Petersen to a three-year, $15 million contract in September 2021, and he figured to take the starting job from Quick, who turns 37 in January and is set to be a free agent after the season. Petersen has two years left on that deal after this one at an annual salary cap hit of $5 million.

Penguins’ Kris Letang out indefinitely after 2nd stroke

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PITTSBURGH — Kris Letang plays hockey with a grace and inexhaustible fluidity seemingly impervious to the rigors of spending nearly half his life in the NHL.

For the second time in less than a decade, however, a major health scare has brought Letang’s career to a halt.

The 35-year-old Letang is out indefinitely after suffering a stroke for a second time. Letang reported feeling ill and was taken to the hospital, where tests confirmed the stroke.

While general manager Ron Hextall said Wednesday this stroke doesn’t appear to be as serious as the one Letang sustained in 2014, the Penguins will have to find a way forward at least in the short term without one of their franchise pillars.

“I am fortunate to know my body well enough to recognize when something isn’t right,” Letang said in a release. “While it is difficult to navigate this issue publicly, I am hopeful it can raise awareness. … I am optimistic that I will be back on the ice soon.”

The three-time Stanley Cup champion missed more than two months in 2014 after a stroke, which doctors determined was caused by a small hole in the wall of his heart. He spent Monday feeling off and told team trainers he was dealing with what Hextall described as a migraine headache.

Penguins team physician Dr. Dhamesh Vyas recommended Letang go to the hospital, where tests confirmed the stroke.

“He didn’t know (he had a stroke),” Hextall said. “He just knew something wasn’t right.”

Letang is continuing to undergo tests but felt well enough on Tuesday to be at the arena for Pittsburgh’s 3-2 overtime loss to Carolina. He spent the second period chatting with Hextall then addressed his teammates in the locker room afterward in an effort to help allay their concerns.

“I think it was important for Kris to be there because his teammates got to see him in good spirits and that he’s doing well,” Penguins coach Mike Sullivan said.

Sullivan added initial test results on Letang have been “very encouraging.” Letang will continue to undergo testing throughout the week, though he felt good enough in the aftermath to ask Sullivan and Hextall if he could skate, an activity that is off the table for now.

Hextall said he “couldn’t even guess” how long the Penguins may be without the married father of two, adding hockey is low on the team’s list of concerns about a player who, along with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, has helped the franchise to three Stanley Cups during his 17-year career.

“First and foremost this is about the person and I told Tanger about that last night,” Hextall said. “This is Kris Letang, the father and family guy, the Pittsburgh Penguins, that’s second.”

Letang, a six-time All-Star, has been one of the most durable players in the NHL. His 662 career points (145 goals, 517 assists) are a franchise record for a defenseman. He’s averaged well over 24 minutes of playing time over the course of his career, a number that’s ticked above 25 minutes per game seven times in eight-plus seasons since he returned from the initial stroke.

The Penguins felt so confident in Letang’s durability that they signed him to a six-year contract over the summer rather than let him test free agency for the first time.

“The level of hockey he’s played for as long as he’s played is absolutely incredible,” Hextall said. “The level he’s continued to play at at his age, the type of shape he’s in … he’s a warrior.”

Letang has one goal and 11 assists in 21 games so far this season for Pittsburgh, which hosts Vegas on Thursday night. The Penguins are pretty deep along the blue line, but Sullivan knows he can’t try to replace Letang with any one player.

“It’s not anything we haven’t been faced with in the past and the reality is we have what we have, and we’ll figure it out,” Sullivan said, adding “it’ll be by committee, as it usually is when you replace a player of that stature.”