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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 Boston Bruins protect in expansion draft?

The Bruins protected: The unprotected list includes Bruins unrestricted free agents Taylor Hall, David Krejci, Tuukka Rask, Sean Kuraly and Mike Reilly. But the Kraken are unlikely to spend a pick on a player who could still sign elsewhere, especially when the Kraken could pursue that player when free agency begins. masslive.comSeattle Kraken Expansion Draft: Boston Bruins leave Nick Ritchie exposed, protect Jake DeBrusk, Trent Frederic

When do the Kraken pick their players?

The Kraken will select one player from 30 NHL teams, as the Vegas Golden Knights are exempt from the draft. The selections will be revealed beginning on Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET during a 90-minute special on ESPN2. ESPNSeattle Kraken plan for expansion draft as NHL teams leave players available for selection

Who will Sabres protect in expansion draft?

Sabres protect Rasmus Ristolainen, expose Will Borgen for expansion draft. Rasmus Ristolainen has played eight seasons with the Buffalo Sabres. Buffalo NewsSabres protect Rasmus Ristolainen, expose Will Borgen for expansion draft

As the Seattle Kraken select their first roster of players in Wednesday's NHL expansion draft, some of the city's most famous athletes will be announcing their names.

Scheduled to reveal players selected by the Kraken in the draft (8 p.m. ET, ESPN2) are Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird, Seattle Sounders FC forward Jordan Morris, Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner and former running back Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Mariners outfielder Kyle Lewis, and former Seattle SuperSonics stars Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp as well as Hall of Fame coach Lenny Wilkens.

"They're all so into the Kraken. This was the easiest thing to book. The Kraken are the talk of the town right now," said Steve Mayer, the NHL's chief content officer and the executive producer of the draft.

Most of the celebrities will appear at Gas Works Park in Seattle, where a crowd of Kraken fans will gather. That gathering will include fans on boats decorated in honor of the new NHL team, as the venue is located on the northern shore of Lake Union. There will also be a barge where much of the broadcast will take place, in view of the fans in the venue and those in their vessels.

Also expected to be on hand are Kraken owner and Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer, rapper Macklemore, women's hockey legend and Kraken scout Cammi Granato, Kraken intersectionality consultant Chanel Keenan and members of Western Washington Female Hockey and the Anchorage Hockey Academy. Front-line workers from Virginia Mason Franciscan Health will help announce the team as well.

Mayer said that, under 72 hours away from the event, the NHL isn't sure how many Kraken draft picks would be on site. Vegas had four players at its roster unveiling in 2017, and Mayer estimates there will be around that many for Seattle.

But mostly, the expansion draft will be a way for the NHL's newest team to become quickly engrained with its city, as places such as the Seattle Aquarium, Mount Rainier and the Space Needle will be used as locations during the broadcast.

That includes one other familiar Seattle setting: Pike Place Market, where Mayer said they will incorporate one of the city's most famous traditions into the draft.

"We're going to throw a fish and reveal a pick," he said.

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Bengals: 9 players to protect in a hypothetical expansion draft

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ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announces a pick by the Cincinnati Bengals during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Jackson Carman #79 of the Clemson Tigers (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)

For those Cincinnati Bengals fans who don’t follow the NHL, this Wednesday night is the expansion draft, as the league adds in the Seattle Kraken. This draft allows the Kraken to add players from the other teams to give them a somewhat competitive roster entering their inaugural season.

The NFL hasn’t expanded since the Houston Texans entered the league in 2002, but what if they did? What if there was an expansion draft and the Bengals were forced to protect a certain amount of players?

In the current rules of the NHL expansion draft, teams are allowed to protect seven forwards, three defensemen, and a goaltender or eight skaters and a goaltender. For the sake of this post, we’ll cap it at nine players that the Bengals are able to protect from being selected by the hypothetical new team entering the league.

This might seem like an odd one to Bengals fans, as we haven’t seen Jackson Carman in action yet. Cincinnati took the Clemson tackle with their second-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft with the intent to move him inside to one of the guard spots.

Carman has to compete for his starting job just like the other three guard prospects but he’s one of the favorites to win the job simply because of where he was drafted. If he wins the job and plays decently, the Bengals will have a versatile offensive lineman and that’s a huge asset for any team.

If the expansion draft were to take place right now, the Bengals probably wouldn’t have to protect Carman. If it were in the future, however,  an incoming NFL team might make it a point to fixate on the offensive line and Carman’s versatility could make him an intriguing option to steal.

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