Expansion Draft Protection Lists Announced: Detroit Protects Lindstrom Over Stecher

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Winging It In Motown 18 July, 2021 - 09:40am 5 views

Who did the Red Wings protect?

Expansion draft It makes the most sense for the Wings to protect seven forwards (Dylan Larkin, Tyler Bertuzzi, Jakub Vrana, Robby Fabbri, Adam Erne, Michael Rasmussen and Givani Smith), one goaltender (Thomas Greiss) and three defensemen. Detroit Free PressDetroit Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman's plan in 2021 NHL entry draft

When is the Seattle Kraken expansion 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). usatoday.comNHL expansion draft: Protected lists ahead of Seattle Kraken's roster selection

The Detroit Red Wings selected Dennis Cholowski 20th overall in 2016 because of his mobility and offensive ability.

His defensive deficiencies, however, have prevented him from maintaining a spot in the lineup.

Now the 23-year-old defenseman might be lost for nothing.

Cholowski is among the players the Red Wings left unprotected for Wednesday’s Seattle Kraken expansion draft. The NHL released the protected lists on Sunday.

The Red Wings opted to protect Gustav Lindstrom, who doesn’t have the offensive upside as Cholowski but has shown to be more reliable defensively. They had to pick one or the other after acquiring veteran Nick Leddy Friday from the New York Islanders.

Detroit, as expected, chose the option of protecting seven forwards, three defensemen and a goaltender. The other choices were fairly obvious.

At forward, the Red Wings protected Tyler Bertuzzi, Adam Erne, Robby Fabbri, Dylan Larkin, Michael Rasmussen, Givani Smith and Jakub Vrana. On defense, they protected Filip Hronek in addition to Leddy and Lindstrom. Thomas Greiss is their protected goalie.

This leaves, among others, forwards Vladislav Namestnikov, Frans Nielsen and Evgeny Svechnikov and defensemen Cholowski, Danny DeKeyser and Troy Stecher unprotected.

The Kraken will select one player from each team except 2017 expansion club Vegas, which is exempt.

Cholowski (6-2, 197), because of his age and potential upside, makes the most sense to be taken.

Cholowski split the 2021 season between AHL Grand Rapids and Detroit, where he played in 16 games near the end of the year (one goal, two assists).

Cholowski earned a roster spot with a strong training camp and preseason in 2018-19 and again in 2019-20. But defensive mistakes and a lack of assertiveness promoted the Red Wings to send him to Grand Rapids midway through each season.

The Red Wings often had the left-shooting Cholowski playing the point on one of their power-play units. Leddy now can fill that role.

The only other player from the Red Wings the Kraken might consider is Stecher, a smooth-skating right-shot defenseman who helped Canada win the gold medal at this year’s World Championship. However, Stecher, 27, is in the final year of his contract ($1.7 million). Seattle could select him with the intention of trading him at the deadline if it is unable to re-sign him.

Cholowski and Stecher are both Vancouver natives.

Players with two or fewer years of pro experience are exempt from the draft. That list includes Filip Zadina (his first NHL season did not count as a full season), Joe Veleno and Moritz Seider.

The Red Wings have several unrestricted free agents, including forwards Luke Glendening, Sam Gagner, Darren Helm, Taro Hirose, Bobby Ryan and Valtteri Filppula, defenseman Marc Staal and goalie Jonathan Bernier. Seattle has exclusive negotiating rights with UFAs until Wednesday. If it signs one, he counts as the player that team loses.

More: Why Red Wings acquired Nick Leddy from Islanders

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Detroit Red Wings: 4 options for Seattle Kraken in NHL Expansion Draft

Detroit Jock City 19 July, 2021 - 02:56am

Everything seemed fairly straightforward for the Detroit Red Wings when submitting their list of protected players before the upcoming Seattle Kraken NHL Expansion Draft, except for one decision.

Detroit Red Wings general manager (GM) Steve Yzerman elected to protect prospect Gustav Lindstrom over a more proven asset in Troy Stecher.

Stecher, formally of the Vancouver Canucks is a 27-year old defender born in British Columbia is the most likely choice of the Kraken.  Stecher may enjoy returning close to home to play and live, but aside from maybe Filip Hronek, Stecher had been Detroit’s most dependable defenseman last season.

I had a hunch Stecher may be left exposed by the Red Wings but hoped the organization decided to protect Nick Leddy, Hronek, and Lindstrom.

The draft will take place this coming Wednesday evening, July 21st, at 8 p.m Est. It can be viewed on ESPN2 and Sportsnet in Canada.

I can only assume that the Red Wings intended to protect Stecher before acquiring Leddy a few days ago; it’s just another indication that things change quickly in professional sports. Protecting Stecher would have allowed Yzerman another trade chip at the NHL Trade Deadline in an attempt to add additional draft capital.

Stecher has one year remaining on the exceptionally team-friendly contract that pays him just $1.7 million this season.

There are three other players that the Seattle Kraken may elect to pick from Detroit not named Troy Stecher.

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