Islanders Make Surprise Selections on Expansion Draft Protection List

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The Hockey Writers 18 July, 2021 - 04:35pm 2 views

Who will the islanders protect in expansion draft?

The Islanders protected seven forwards – fourth-liners Cal Clutterbuck and Matt Martin along with Mathew Barzal, Anthony Beauvillier, Anders Lee, Brock Nelson and Jean-Gabriel Pageau – defensemen Scott Mayfield, Adam Pelech and Ryan Pulock and goalie Semyon Varlamov. NewsdayBailey, Eberle among Isles left exposed for NHL expansion 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

Today we’ll learn their Expansion Draft protected list, too.

With the Isles now carving out about $12 million (plus Johnny Boychuk’s LTIR) in cap space, they finally have room to re-sign key RFAs, possibly UFAs (Casey Cizikas), and dabble in other bigger things. Everyone’s talking or dreaming of things like Gabriel Landeskog (UFA), Ryan Suter (UFA), Zach Parise (likely cheap and storybook UFA) or Vladimir Tarasenko (highly paid and recently very injured trade bait, more on that below), but with Lamoriello there could always be things coming from left field.

Anyway, the NHL trade/signing freeze hit yesterday followed by the deadline for Expansion Draft protected lists to be turned in. This morning we’ll hear for sure which way Lamoriello’s gone on the latter when protection lists are announced, but even that won’t necessarily tell us the whole story: Side moves could be afoot.

Meanwhile, some were suggesting Jordan Eberle could be exposed for cap reasons, but if he’s protected (more likely, surely...surely?!) that doesn’t mean he’ll remain; he could be an attractive trade piece if the Islanders are shopping big.

It’s going to be an interesting rest of the month, for sure.

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Islanders 3 takeaways from roster going into expansion roster freeze

Eyes on Isles 18 July, 2021 - 10:10pm

DALLAS, TX - JUNE 22: Lou Lamoriello of the New York Islanders attends the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 22, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Lou Lamoriello of the New York Islanders (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

It is now 3 PM ET. That means NHL rosters are now frozen until July 22. The New York Islanders can now only enter into a trade with the Seattle Kraken for expansion draft considerations. But otherwise, their roster is stuck for the next few days.

They can’t trade anyone away and they can’t waive anyone. The players they have now are the players they’ll keep through the expansion draft process.

The Islanders protected list is due to the NHL and NHLPA by 5 PM ET today where the league and union will review the lists to make sure they are compliant with the various expansion draft requirements.

The Kraken will get the lists tomorrow at 10 AM (even though they’re trying to get an early jump on things). The public will likely see these protected lists shortly afterward.

But now that the rosters are frozen as the expansion draft looms (July 21 is the date of the actual draft), what can we learn from the Islanders current roster? What does this mean for the expansion draft? Can we figure out anything from what Lou Lamoriello and the Isles did (or didn’t do) leading up to the roster freeze?

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Islanders expansion draft protected list: Jordan Eberle, Josh Bailey left exposed

The Athletic 18 July, 2021 - 10:10pm

Islanders protected list: Answering questions about Jordan Eberle, Josh Bailey and the Seattle Kraken expansion draft

Islanders surprisingly expose Josh Bailey and Jordan Eberle

Eyes on Isles 18 July, 2021 - 10:10pm

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - APRIL 10: (l-r) Josh Bailey #12 and Jordan Eberle #7 of the New York Islanders celebrate a goal by Brock Nelson #29 against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game One of the Eastern Conference First Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on April 10, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Penguins 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The protected lists for every NHL have slowly started to leak early on Sunday. The Athletic’s Arthur Staple leaked the New York Islanders protected list, and some of the names protected from Seattle were a surprise.

As expected the Islanders went with a 7-3-1 protection scheme. There was no surprise who Lou decided to protect when it came to the goalie and defensemen, but there was a big surprise when it came to the forwards. Two high-priced veteran forwards were left unprotected in Josh Bailey and Jordan Eberle.

Again, most of the players protected by the Islanders won’t shock anyone, but having both Eberle and Bailey exposed is pretty surprising. Here’s the full list of protected played by Lou:

We all expected that one of Jordan Eberle or Josh Bailey could be exposed for Seattle, but not both of them. The fact that Lou chose to protect Cal Clutterbuck and Matt Martin is certainly interesting. That means Lou has protected Matt Martin in back-to-back expansion drafts (he protected him when he was GM of the Toronto Maple Leafs).

You’d think there was little risk of Seattle taking Martin or Clutterbuck. And even if they did, the Islanders have players on the roster that could replace them. Ross Johnston could easily plug into Martin’s spot while Leo Komarov could step into Cal’s role.

There’s no guarantee that Seattle takes either one of Eberle or Bailey. Ron Francis has stated that having cap space is one of the Kraken’s priorities.

If the Islanders lose Eberle you’d have to think they’ll quickly re-sign Kyle Palmieri to a short-term deal to fill the gap on the right-side. They could do the same if they lose Bailey to Seattle. But losing the ninth overall pick in 2008, who’s third in career games on the Island would be a big emotional loss.

Again, there’s no guarantee that Seattle draft either, or that Lou doesn’t have a deal worked out with Seattle to take someone else. We’ll wait and see what happens on the 21st.

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Islanders: Looking At Who’s Unprotected For The Seattle Kraken

Eyes on Isles 18 July, 2021 - 10:10pm

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - MARCH 18: Josh Bailey #12 of the New York Islanders skates against the Philadelphia Flyers at the Nassau Coliseum on March 18, 2021 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The New York Islanders surprised us today when we found out that both Jordan Eberle and Josh Bailey were left unprotected. The thought was that one of the two would be protected but instead, it was neither, in favor of Matt Martin and Cal Clutterbuck.

If two of the three fourth-liners are protected, that should tell you all you need to know about where Casey Cizikas will be playing next year, if you had any doubt.

With who is unprotected, we’ll go through and talk about the notables and why Seattle may take them.

Eberle is coming off of a 33 point season with the Islanders. Over the past three seasons he’s been stapled to Mat Barzal’s right side but with the Isles cap situation, and his streaky production, it makes sense to why Lou Lamoriello left him unprotected.

If Seattle were to take him, they’d be getting a top-six Right Winger who can give you 20-25 goals and 50 points in his sleep. If they’re okay with spending, this seems like a wise choice.

This was a legit shock to me when I read it this morning. The longest-tenured Islander was made available by Lou Lamoriello. Last season Bails had 35 points (8 goals, 27 assists) in 54 games played.

By now we know the story, his career started slow but over the last five years, he’s been one of the better Islanders forwards. He’s a versatile piece, as he can play on either wing, take faceoffs, and play anywhere in a team’s top-nine.

If Seattle takes him, there’s a very good chance he could be their first captain as well. Honestly, it wouldn’t surprise me if Lou had a deal in place to protect Bailey.

The former first-rounder in 2016 seems like a prime candidate to go in the expansion draft. He’d come on the cheap and honestly for the Islanders has just been blocked by veterans, he’s ready for an NHL role.

In 22 career games in the league he has five goals, and projects as a middle-six LW. Lamoriello could also use him as a sweetener to get Seattle to stay off of the guys listed earlier.

The 22-year-old only has 12 NHL games under his belt but if you’re looking for a versatile bottom-six piece he’s your guy. At six-foot-four 223 lbs, he has the size to translate at the next level, if he’s given the opportunity.

His ceiling isn’t as high as Bellows, so he’s probably less likely to be taken but he’d likely be a pretty solid fourth-liner on the cheap.

In 33 games, Uncle Leo had just eight points and one goal. But he’s a pest to play against and Lou Lamoriello and Barry Trotz love the guy. I don’t think he’s someone who gets taken naturally but he could be the player selected after the Islanders trade off Bellows and a pick or something.

Komarov could have some value for them at the trade deadline as well with his contract. Teams on the cusp of the playoffs are always looking for players like that.

Some other notable names are Andy Greene, Sebastian Aho, Thomas Hickey, and Michael Dal Colle. Of this batch, Aho probably is the most likely to get taken but still, would imagine the Kracken would go in another direction assuming there’s no trade.

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We’ll see come Wednesday what happens but I’d be genuinely shocked if Lou Lamoriello lets Seattle take one of Jordan Eberle or Josh Bailey for nothing.

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