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Defending Big D 19 July, 2021 - 11:30am

When does Seattle draft?

The Seattle Kraken are officially on the clock. On Sunday, the NHL released the available and protected lists for the 30 other teams ahead of the Kraken's expansion draft, which will take place July 21 (8 p.m. ET on ESPN2). USA TODAYNHL expansion draft: Protected lists ahead of Seattle Kraken's roster selection

Will the NHL expansion draft be televised?

When is the NHL Expansion Draft taking place? The draft will take place on July 21, 2021, at Gas Works Park in Seattle, and it will be televised in both the United States and Canada. Coverage will begin at 20:00 EDT on ESPN2 in the US, whilst Canadian viewers will need to tune into Sportsnet or SN NOW. MARCA.comThe 2021 NHL Expansion Draft: Date, time, TV channel and rules

Who is eligible for NHL expansion draft?

Players who meet the eligibility requirements — North American players 18-20 years old and European/international players 18-21 years old — will be selected by NHL teams in seven rounds. No-Movement Clause: A contract stipulation that means a player can't be traded or sent to the minors. Tacoma News TribuneWho’s going to play for the Seattle Kraken? Here’s how the NHL expansion draft works

Who will Blackhawks protect in expansion draft?

Blackhawks leave Nikita Zadorov unprotected for Kraken expansion draft. The Hawks protected Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Alex DeBrincat, Dylan Strome, Brandon Hagel, Henrik Borgstrom, David Kampf, Connor Murphy, Riley Stillman, Caleb Jones and Kevin Lankinen from the Kraken. Chicago Sun-TimesBlackhawks leave Nikita Zadorov unprotected for Kraken expansion draft

The Seattle Kraken are joining the NHL for the 2021-22 season and will play in the Pacific Division. The front office and coaching staff have taken shape, and Climate Pledge Arena is on track to be ready, but the team needs players.

The Kraken will select one player each from 30 NHL teams, as the Vegas Golden Knights are exempt from this draft -- they just entered the league in 2017. The selections will be revealed beginning on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET during a 90-minute special on ESPN2.

Teams could have protected seven forwards, three defensemen and a goalie, or they could have protected eight skaters and a goalie if they felt the need to protect a fourth defenseman -- something the Nashville Predators, Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs opted to do.

Teams didn't need to protect unrestricted free agents, so players such as Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin, Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog, Boston Bruins winger Taylor Hall and Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Dougie Hamilton were left exposed in the draft. The Kraken can select those players, but there's little upside in doing so, since they can sign with whichever club they choose starting July 28. Here is more on the expansion draft process.

Here is the full list of players each team protected, and the list of each team's players who are available to the Kraken in the expansion draft:

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Zadorov to Seattle? Luke Prokop's Big Day, and Other Blackhawks Bullets

bleachernation.com 19 July, 2021 - 09:00pm

Welcome to what will likely be one of the wildest weeks in the NHL this summer.

Over the weekend, we found out which players were protected and unprotected in the upcoming Seattle Expansion Draft on Wednesday night. Following the Expansion Draft, the NHL Entry Draft will take place this Friday and Saturday. But before all that, the week started with some seismic news coming from Nashville Predators prospect Luke Prokop.

•   On Monday morning, Prokop announced publicly that he is gay.

❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 pic.twitter.com/7zqT0A2gJj

— luke prokop (@lukeprokop_6) July 19, 2021

•   Prokop, a 2020 third-round draft pick by the Predators, signed his entry-level contract with the club in December of 2020. There has never been an openly gay player in the NHL, but Prokop could become the first. His story is beautifully told by The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun.

— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 19, 2021

•   Statements of support have come flooding in from all corners of the NHL and it’s fan community for Prokop. This from the league’s commissioner Gary Bettman, sharing that he hopes that Prokop’s story gives others the courage to tell their own stories and live openly within the NHL.

Statement from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman on Luke Prokop’s (@lukeprokop_6) decision to publicly come out as gay: pic.twitter.com/4S7rWI872W

— NHL (@NHL) July 19, 2021

•   It’s an incredible moment for the league and its connection with the LGBTQ+ community. Numerous former NHL players have come out after their careers came to an end and shared their experiences following their active careers, but Prokop sharing his before his NHL career begins takes courage. The league and the culture of the sport of hockey have a long way to go and a lot of work to be done to make the game truly welcoming to everyone, but this is an enormous step forward.

•   Over the weekend, we found out the Chicago Blackhawks notably left Nikita Zadorov, Calvin de Haan, Adam Gaudette, and Malcolm Subban (among others) unprotected to the Seattle Kraken in the Expansion Draft. There’s going to be plenty of speculation over the next few days as to who the Kraken will take, but it could come down to which of the Chicago defenders Seattle wants to take a run on.

Seattle likely to pluck Dman Nikita Zadorov from #Blackhawks. Chicago was unsuccessful in moving him prior to yesterday’s deadline. #seakraken

— Andy Strickland (@andystrickland) July 18, 2021

•   Zadorov is intriguing to Seattle because he is a legitimate NHL starter and brings a physical presence on the ice. With de Haan, he is already on the books for next season at $4.55M, the Kraken could look to take Zadorov and get a deal done with him for less than that AAV cap hit.

•   If you’re asking me, I’d rather the Kraken take Zadorov than de Haan. But don’t count out the chance that Seattle takes Gaudette or Subban either.

Interesting to see Chicago protecting Caleb Jones over names like Nikita Zadorov and even Calvin de Haan. He had been projected to go unprotected in Edmonton; clearly they think he has some untapped potential.

— Jonathan Willis (@JonathanWillis) July 18, 2021

•   If it is Zadorov, that’s another spot in the defensive rotation open for competition in Chicago with a host of young defenseman looking for their shots to be legitimate, full-time NHLers next season.

•   *rubs hands together menacingly*

Agents with pending UFA’s are waiting for Seattle to use their leverage window and start tabling offers. Seattle has exclusivity until 10am et Wednesday to sign UFA’s and available RFA’s. If in the market for any of the top UFA’s, the offers will need to start rolling in soon.

— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 19, 2021

•   It’s a wild week and it will come to another head when the Entry Draft rolls around this weekend. The Blackhawks have eight picks in this year’s draft, with three coming within the first 63 picks. Corey Pronman of The Athletic went through a full seven-round mock draft and he has the Blackhawks taking Swedish goaltender Jesper Wallstedt with their first selection (12th overall). Check out the full mock here…

New post @TheAthleticNHL: A 7 round mock draft for next week's draft https://t.co/o5JzvzymaU

— Corey Pronman (@coreypronman) July 16, 2021

•   Four forwards, two goalies, two defensemen…not sure I agree.

•   Speaking of prospects, Michael Krutil scored an empty-net goal with the Czech Republic’s U20 team today. He played on the top defensive pair in the game against Finland today.

Michael Krutil (#Blackhawks) makes it 4-1 with the empty net goal. pic.twitter.com/q6Ne4DtJQS

— Czech Prospects (@CZprospects) July 19, 2021

•   I’ll leave you today with an amazing moment from the Humboldt Broncos. For the first time since the terrible tragedy that devastated the team, all 13 surviving members were together over the weekend.

All 13 Bronco Brothers plus 2, together for the first time since the tragedy. Absolutely love this. pic.twitter.com/g4XLsofepU

[email protected] (@BrianSn56220068) July 18, 2021

•   You love to see it.

•   That will do it for today. Enjoy your Monday!

Mario Tirabassi is a writer for Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Mario_Tirabassi.

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