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When is 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). USA TODAYNHL expansion draft: Protected lists ahead of Seattle Kraken's roster selection

The NHL on Sunday released the lists of which players teams protected ahead of Wednesday’s expansion draft, and Wings general manager Steve Yzerman left 2016 first-round pick Dennis Cholowski exposed.

The headline is definitely hyperbolic, and I don’t think that it’s really a good argument, but hey, all the articles are about the expansion draft lists.

But who were the 20 best players selected?

NHL.com formed a management group of staff writers Tim Campbell, Tom Gulitti and Pete Jensen to pick an all-time team of 12 forwards, six defensemen and two goalies, as well as a coach.

The selections were based on what the players did in their NHL careers after being selected in an expansion draft, with an emphasis on their success with the team that took them.

We’ll know who Seattle takes in a couple days. Until then, here are some of the best players for previous expansion teams, according to NHL.com.

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Detroit Red Wings' list of unprotected players an indictment on former first-round picks

Detroit Free Press 19 July, 2021 - 02:00pm

The protected players are forwards Dylan Larkin, Tyler Bertuzzi, Robby Fabbri, Jakub Vrana, Adam Erne, Michael Rasmussen and Givani Smith; goaltender Thomas Greiss, and defensemen Filip Hronek, newcomer Nick Leddy, and Gustav Lindstrom.

Teams could either protect seven forwards, three defensemen and a goaltender, or eight skaters of any position and a goaltender.

The Wings also left 2015 first-round pick Evgeny Svechnikov exposed, but his place in the rebuild was made clear when he was exposed on waiver wires at the start of the 2021 season.

Here is the list of players the Wings left available to the Kraken. Several, such as Glendening and Bernier, are pending unrestricted free agents. 

Stecher, DeKeyser, Cholowski among Wings not protected for NHL Expansion Draft

The Detroit News 19 July, 2021 - 02:00pm

They protected seven forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender, as expected, leaving off several notable (but not surprising) names.

On defense, the Wings protected Filip Hronek and newly-acquired Nick Leddy,  along with young defenseman Gustav Lindstrom.

Among forwards, the Wings protected Tyler Bertuzzi, Adam Erne, Robby Fabbri, Dylan Larkin, Michael Rasmussen, Jakub Vrana and Givani Smith.

More: 'Class of his own': Swedish goalie Jesper Wallstedt giving teams reason to be drafted high

Keeping the younger Smith put Vladislav Namestnikov on the available list, along with Frans Nielsen and Evgeny Svechnikov.

Unrestricted free agents such as goaltender Jonathan Bernier, defenseman Marc Staal, and forwards Luke Glendening, Darren Helm, Bobby Ryan and Sam Gagner didn't need to be protected.

Chances are, it'll come down to picking between Stecher, Cholowski and Namestnikov.

Stecher, 27, has one more year on his contract at $1.7 million, and is coming off an impressive performance as an alternate captain for Team Canada at the men's world championships.

Stecher had three goals and eight assists in 47 games with the Wings, had a minus-13 rating, and played in many different situations. Stecher's all-out style of play on the ice, and his fierce approach to the game, quickly made him a fan favorite among Wings fans.

Cholowski has split time between the Wings and the minor-league Grand Rapids Griffins the last three seasons. But he has been unable to land a regular spot in the lineup. His lack of defensive consistency has been issue, which made the Wings choice to protect Lindstrom not surprising.

DeKeyser, 31, has one year left on his contract, ($5 million cap hit). Coming off back surgery a year ago, Seattle isn't expected to be interested in the veteran.

Namestnikov, 28, has a year left on his contract at $2 million, after — like Stecher — signing a two-year free agent contract last summer.

The Kraken have some recognizable, star-worthy names available to sift through — although they are getting older and are awfully expensive, while constructing their roster.

Some notable names available include goaltender Carey Price (Montreal), forwards Jeff Skinner (Buffalo), Tyler Johnson, Yanni Gourde, Ondrej Palat and Alex Killorn (Tampa), Vladimir Tarasenko (St. Louis), and defenseman Mark Giordano.

Quite a few teams are expected to be make side deals with the Kraken in order for Seattle to steer clear of certain players.

Seattle must select at least 14 forwards, a minimum of nine defensemen, and at least three goalies. The total salary cap hit of the players Seattle takes must be between 60 and 100% of the 2020-21 cap hit (minimum $49.8 million, ceiling $81.5 million).

Red Wings' protected list: Why Gustav Lindstrom made the cut and who is most likely to go

The Athletic 19 July, 2021 - 02:00pm

Red Wings protected list: Why Gustav Lindstrom made the cut and who is most likely to go

Timing could be right for Red Wings to take goalie with top pick

MLive.com 19 July, 2021 - 02:00pm

But what are the chances they will land an elite skater at that spot? Not that great.

There is one potential superstar who figures to be available at No. 6 – goaltender Jesper Wallstedt.

The Stanley Cup Final reinforced the importance of the position. Andrei Vasilevskiy, selected 19th overall in 2012 under Steve Yzerman’s watch in Tampa Bay, won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in helping the Lightning to back-to-back championships.

Carey Price, the fifth pick in 2005 and the 2015 Hart Trophy winner as league MVP, led a Montreal team that had no business advancing past the first round all the way to the Finals.

As first-round picks, they are a rare breed. As crucial as this position is, only 14 goalies have been selected in the first round since 2000. Price is the only goalie to be taken in the top six in the past 18 years. Only 12 goalies have ever been picked in the top six, a list that includes Hall-of-Fame talent (Price, Marc-Andre Fleury, Roberto Luongo) and flops (Ray Martyniuk, Brian Finley).

The Red Wings have taken a goalie in the first round only once in the past 48 years -- Tom McCollum 30th in 2008 – and he appeared in only three NHL games.

It is more difficult to project how a goalie’s talents will translate to the highest level, and they usually take longer to develop than skaters. General managers under pressure to win now might be more inclined to take a forward or defenseman who will contribute sooner.

But Yzerman is under no such pressure. He has the time to allow a goalie to develop and the reputation to not be criticized about the selection.

Wallstedt (6-3, 214) played well as an 18-year-old in Sweden’s top men’s league (12-10-0, 2.23 goals-against average, .908 save percentage, two shutouts for Lulea).

He figures to be the first Swedish-born goalie ever selected in the first round of the draft.

NHL Central Scouting’s breakdown of Wallstedt reads: “The best goalie prospect in years from Sweden. Has good size and a huge presence in the net. Reads the game very well and looks confident in every game. Plays a solid butterfly style. Moves quickly with good balance. Covers the low part of the ice well and also possesses a quick glove and blocker. Solid, steady and consistent.”

The Red Wings have a decent stable of defense prospects in their system, topped by Moritz Seider, who will make his NHL debut next season. Others with NHL potential include Jared McIsaac, Albert Johansson, Antti Tuomisto, William Wallinder, Donavan Sebrango, Eemil Viro and Wyatt Newpower.

They are thinner at forward. Lucas Raymond, selected fourth overall last year, Joe Veleno and possibly Jonatan Berggren have offensive potential

The goaltending position is a glaring hole in the organization.

Filip Larsson, once considered the most promising of the bunch, has had a rough couple of seasons since turning pro. Keith Petruzzelli, who improved in each of his four seasons at Quinnipiac, is not expected to sign with the Red Wings by the Aug. 15 deadline.

Perhaps Yzerman will use the No. 23 pick (22nd due to Arizona’s forfeiture of the 11th selection), obtained from Washington in the Anthony Mantha/Jakub Vrana trade, on a goalie. Wallstedt is certain to be gone by then, but perhaps Sebastian Cossa, the No. 1-rated North American goalie from Edmonton of the Western Hockey League, will be available.

Or maybe he will be taken by then, too.

So. unless the Red Wings are enamored with a forward or defenseman at No. 6, it might be worth rolling the dice on Wallstedt.

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Comparing the last 2 Red Wings expansion lists and what it says about Detroit's rebuild

The Athletic 19 July, 2021 - 02:00pm

Comparing the last 2 Red Wings expansion lists and what it says about Detroit’s rebuild

Detroit Red Wings: Protection for Expansion Draft Finalized

Octopus Thrower 19 July, 2021 - 02:00pm

TORONTO, ON - NOVEMBER 13: Steve Yzerman speaks with the media on the red carpet prior to the Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Brookfield Place on November 13, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Detroit Red Wings have finalized their protection list for the upcoming Seattle Kraken Expansion Draft.  Teams had until Saturday at 5 p.m. ET to submit their lists to the league.  The lists were revealed Sunday morning.  The Expansion Draft will stock Seattle with 30 players.  The draft will be broadcast at 8 p.m. ET (ESPN2, SN, SN NOW).  Detroit General Manager Steve Yzerman decided to protect seven forwards, three defensmen and one goaltender.  Here is a look at Detroit’s Protected List:

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The Grind Line: Red Wings Expansion Draft Predictions

The Hockey Writers 19 July, 2021 - 10:15am

Dear Red Wings: Closer look at players left exposed in Seattle expansion draft

WDIV ClickOnDetroit 19 July, 2021 - 09:07am

The protection lists were announced Sunday. Seattle will be able to draft one player from 30 NHL teams on Wednesday -- the Vegas Golden Knights, the league’s most recent expansion franchise, are exempt from losing a player in this expansion draft, which is standard practice in NHL expansion history.

The Kraken have to choose 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goalies. Twenty of those players must be under contract currently.

D Troy Stecher

Defenseman Troy Stecher appears to be ripe for Seattle’s picking. With one year left on his contract he costs just $1.7 million against the cap. He’s only 27 years old.

Stecher signed a two-year deal with Detroit in October 2020. He immediately helped improve the Red Wings defense with his quickness and skilled puck-moving ability. He also is coming off of a really strong international tournament for Canada. He could help the Kraken form their top six, perhaps their top four.

F Vladislav Namestnikov

Vladislav Namestnikov, 28, also first signed with Detroit in October -- a two-year deal with a $2 million cap hit each season. This season was a bit of a struggle for him with just 8 goals and 9 assists through 53 games played. But he was part of a team that struggled to find offense from, well, everyone. Namestnikov could slide into another team’s top nine to play either the wing or center.

D Dennis Cholowski

Dennis Cholowski is likely a long shot for Seattle to pick, but if they are looking for a younger defenseman with size and potential then Cholowski is a good option. He’s just 23 years young but already has 104 NHL games on his resume. He is a restricted free agent, meaning Seattle would have to try to negotiate a deal with him during the 48-hour negotiation period that started Sunday morning and ends Tuesday. The Red Wings would have a chance to match anything Seattle offers.

F Frans Nielsen

Let’s imagine Seattle is somehow desperate to get 20 players that are under contract, then Nielsen fits the bill. The 37-year-old center/winger has a year left on his contract at $5.25 against the cap. His performance has declined quite dramatically over the past couple of seasons. He’s not the solid two-way center he once was.

A healthy amount of these players do not have contracts -- they are RFA or UFA. Seattle can try to negotiate a new contract with them before the draft.

The expansion draft will be broadcast on Wednesday, July 21, at 8 p.m. ET (ESPN2, SN, SN NOW, TVAS).

Once we get through the expansion draft we move right into the 2021 NHL Entry Draft on Friday.

View the rest of the picks here.

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Detroit Red Wings: Troy Stecher likely a goner in NHL Expansion Draft

Detroit Jock City 19 July, 2021 - 06:55am

As the NHL Expansion Draft quickly approaches, each of the league’s teams has submitted their protected lists. The list gives a better idea as to which players might be taken to make up the Seattle Kraken roster. From the Detroit Red Wings, it’s likely to be defenseman Troy Stecher.

For the full list of who the Detroit Red Wings protected and who they exposed, NHL dot com has a fully updated post with all of the lists. The big standout names on the Red Wings list are Dennis Cholowski, Vladislav Namestnikov, Troy Stecher, and Evgeni Svechnikov.

Given the team’s list, it seems pretty likely that the Red Wings are going to be parting ways with Stecher a year after bringing him in via free agency. The team did opt to protect Nick Leddy, who was recently picked up in a trade with the New York Islanders.

Stecher, on the other hand, will be going into the second year of his two-year, $3.4 million contract. A simple $1.7 million average annual value helped General Manager (GM) Steve Yzerman continue piecing together the team’s defense core heading into the 2020-21 season.

It makes sense for the Kraken to be in on Stecher. He’s 27 years old and on the right side of 30. Not to mention, he hails from Richmond, British Columbia, which is just a 2.5-hour drive across the border.

He’s from the area and played his first four seasons in a Canucks uniform to start off his career in the NHL after playing at the collegiate level with North Dakota.

He would end up departing via free agency after the team decided they wanted to use cap money elsewhere, but Stecher fits the build of a player that would do well with the Kraken.

In his first season with the Red Wings, Stecher logged 44 games where he had three goals and eight assists for 11 total points.

It was not a bad start for Stecher, who appears he could be a more than serviceable second pairing guy from the Red Wings.

The Red Wings should be hopeful that the Kraken settle for someone else, but Stecher seems to be a name the Kraken are going to be after as the NHL Expansion Draft comes and goes on Wednesday.

He’s a solid addition to a team being built from the ground up and should be able to contribute with a few solid veterans. Wednesday, the Kraken will make their selection; who knows, it could be someone unexpected, but some of the signs point to Stecher being the best option for them.

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