Kraken's expansion pick from Penguins? Seattle radio host says, 'It starts and ends with Jason Zucker, right?'

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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 the Kraken take?

The Kraken must take at least 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goalies, plus four remaining players at any position. At least 20 must be under contract next season at a $48.9 million minimum cap hit. The Seattle Times2021 mock NHL expansion draft 2.0: Geoff Baker predicts how the Kraken's picks could play out

How many players can Seattle Kraken take from each team?

Seattle will select one player from each team, excluding the Golden Knights, for a maximum of 30 and a required minimum of 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goalies. The Washington PostAnalysis | NHL expansion mock draft: The optimal picks for the Seattle Kraken

Who did the Red Wings protect?

General manager Steve Yzerman decided to protect goaltender Thomas Greiss, defensemen Filip Hronek, Nick Leddy, Gustav Lindstrom and forwards Dylan Larkin, Robby Fabbri, Tyler Bertuzzi, Jakub Vrana, Adam Erne, Michael Rasmussen and Givani Smith. Sports IllustratedIs Red Wings Defenseman Dennis Cholowski a Bust?

The Seattle Kraken will stretch their tentacles and pluck players from 30 teams on Wednesday night in the NHL expansion draft, starting at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Every team except the Vegas Golden Knights, the 2017 expansion franchise that was exempt from this draft, submitted lists of protected players to the NHL on Saturday. Twenty-seven teams protected seven forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender, while the Nashville Predators, Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs went with the eight skaters and one goaltender protection scheme instead. These were the same rules under which the Golden Knights built their team.

Just like the teams had to expose certain required players, the Kraken have some quotas to hit in their draft. They must take at least 14 forwards, nine defenseman and three goalies. Seattle must choose a minimum of 20 players under contract for the 2021-22 regular season, ones who have "an aggregate expansion draft value that is between 60%-100%" of the $81.5 million salary cap ceiling.

Keeping in mind that we're not privy to all the side deals that ensure certain players aren't selected by the Kraken -- or ensure that certain ones are -- here are our best guesses for which players Seattle selects in the expansion draft.

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