Notable Players Exposed in NHL Expansion Draft Protection Lists

by | Jun 18, 2017 | News, NHL, Rumors | 24 comments

Ottawa Senators right wing Bobby Ryan is among several notable players left unprotected in the upcoming NHL expansion draft.

The NHL Expansion Draft protection lists were revealed today. Here’s a look at the notable players left exposed in the upcoming expansion draft on June 21, 2017.

Anaheim Ducks: Patrick Eaves, Josh Manson, Sami Vatanen, Jonathan Bernier.

Arizona Coyotes: Shane Doan, Radim Vrbata.

Boston Bruins: Matt Beleskey, Jimmy Hayes, Drew Stafford, Adam McQuaid, Colin Miller.

Buffalo Sabres: Brian Gionta, Matt Moulson, Zach Bogosian, Cody Franson, Josh Gorges, Dmitry Kulikov.

Calgary Flames: Troy Brouwer, Matt Stajan, Kris Versteeg, Michael Stone, Dennis Wideman, Brian Elliott.

Carolina Hurricanes: Lee Stempniak, Cam Ward, Eddlie Lack.

Chicago Blackhawks: Marcus Kruger, Brian Campbell, Johnny Oduya, Trevor van Riemsdyk.

Colorado Avalanche: Joe Colborne, Mikhail Grigorenko, Carl Soderberg, Calvin Pickard.

Columbus Blue Jackets: Josh Anderson, Matt Calvert, Sam Gagner, Jack Johnson, Joonas Korpisalo.

Dallas Stars: Cody Eakin, Ales Hemsky, Jiri Hudler, Patrick Sharp, Dan Hamhuis, Kari Lehtonen, Antti Niemi.

Detroit Red Wings: Darren Helm, Drew Miller, Riley Sheahan, Jonathan Ericsson, Niklas Kronwall, Petr Mrazek.

Edmonton Oilers: David Desharnais, Benoit Pouliot, Kris Russell.

Florida Panthers: Jaromir Jagr, Jussi Jokinen, Jonathan Marchessault, Rielly Smith, Thomas Vanek, Roberto Luongo.

Los Angeles Kings: Dustin Brown, Jarome Iginla, Marian Gaborik, Matt Greene.

Minnesota Wild: Martin Hanzal, Erik Haula, Eric Staal, Matt Dumba, Marco Scandella, Darcy Kuemper.

Montreal Canadiens: Tomas Plekanec, Alexander Radulov, Alexei Emelin, Andrei Markov, Al Montoya.

Nashville Predators: Vernon Fiddler, Mike Fisher, James Neal, P-A Parenteau, Mike Ribeiro, Craig Smith, Colin Wilson, Colton Sissons, Austin Watson.

New Jersey Devils: Mike Cammalleri, Devante Smith-Pelly, Ben Lovejoy, Keith Kinkaid.

New York Islanders: Josh Bailey, Jason Chimera, Casey Cizikas, Cal Clutterbuck, Nikolay Kulemin, Brock Nelson, Ryan Strome, Calvin de Haan, Thomas Hickey, Dennis Seidenberg, Jaroslav Halak.

New York Rangers: Jesper Fast, Michael Grabner, Brandon Pirri, Oscar Lindberg, Brendan Smith, Kevin Klein, Antti Raanta.

Ottawa Senators: Alex Burrows, Chris Kelly, Clarke MacArthur, Chris Neil, Bobby Ryan, Mark Methot, Fredrik Claesson, Mike Condon, Andrew Hammond.

Philadelphia Flyers: Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Michael Raffl, Matt Read, Dale Weise, Michael Del Zotto, Andrew MacDonald, Nick Schultz, Steve Mason, Michal Neuvirth.

Pittsburgh Penguins: Nick Bonino, Matt Cullen, Carl Hagelin, Chris Kunitz, Bryan Rust, Trevor Daley, Ron Hainsey, Mark Streit, Marc-Andre Fleury.

San Jose Sharks: Mikkel Boedker, Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton, Joel Ward, Paul Martin, Aaron Dell.

St. Louis Blues: Kyle Brodziak, Jori Lehtera, Magnus Paajarvi, David Perron, Scottie Upshall, Nail Yakupov, Carl Gunnarsson.

Tampa Bay Lightning: J.T. Brown, Cedric Paquette, Jason Garrison, Andrej Sustr, Peter Budaj.

Toronto Maple Leafs: Brian Boyle, Brooks Laich, Joffrey Lupul, Milan Michalek, Martin Marincin, Roman Polak, Curtis McElhinney.

Vancouver Canucks: Derek Dorsett, Brendan Gaunce, Luca Sbisa, Alex Biega, Ryan Miller.

Washington Capitals: Jay Beagle, Brett Connolly, T.J. Oshie, Justin Williams, Karl Alzner, Kevin Shattenkirk, Brooks Orpik, Nate Schmidt, Philipp Grubauer.

Winnipeg Jets: Marko Dano, Shawn Matthias, Toby Enstrom, Michael Hutchinson, Ondrej Pavelec.



  1. Lots are UFA’s though so, they could just go back to their old team if they wanted no?

    • I was wondering the same thing. My thought was that Vegas would simply get exclusive negotiating rights with that player until free agency opens. Based on that, as far as the Habs go, I don’t think Radulov and Markov are really notable. Hudon seems like he should be on the list though.

      • Not only on that list but actually being the player getting picked up

  2. I take Dumba and Manson regardless, they are both worth more then a first round pick.

    Vegas could end up with a pretty sold team

    • unless deals already done for those guys prior to the freeze that kept ana and minny from moving them in a trade prior to expansion to not lose them for nothing.

      • The price would be extremely high to pass on either of those, at some point you need to ice a decent enough hockey team to try and start building a fan base.

      • if the price was set prior to the trade freeze it wouldn’t be a high as people think.

  3. Seeing Manson exposed after Pierre LeBrun reported on TSN a few days ago that the Ducks would “under no circumstances” allow him to be taken from their roster for nothing suggests that there’s something, but it is going on under the table.

  4. Well i guess vegas isnt getting Reimer. The guy i thought theyd go for with fkeuru.

  5. I don’t get some of the side deal reports though. If I was Vegas I wouldn’t care about a draft pick – i’d draft Dumba and Manson and keep them. There’s no gaurantee that the draft pick they’d get would pan out to an NHL caliber D-man. If you picked those to, and Schmidt from Washington, Bogosian or Kulikov from Buf, Van Rimsdyke from Chi and Russel from Edm – that’s a decent top 6 D…

    • It makes sense if the deals were in place prior to list date. Vegas makes a deal with the teams so they don’t move those players for whatever asset they could get.

    • Anaheim made the deal pre-freeze as they would have bought out Bieksa to protect Manson without the protection trade. Worked for Vegas as they get assets before selecting someone from Anaheim’s other exposed players. Anaheim saves wasted money on the Bieksa buyout.

  6. The side deals and the secrecy take the fun out of it for the fans.

    I’d like to put together my version of the Vegas team, but many of the names on the list are not actually available because of side deals, so their teams put out “whatever” protection lists.

    I know the Pens would have protected Rust over Hornqvist if they didn’t know who they’d be losing. There is NO chance the Isles are exposing Brock Nelson. Etc.

    That then makes names like Dumba feel suspect, that there may be side deals there, too.

  7. So Garth snow made a side deal with Vegas that the keep all their forwards off the list and then he turns around and protects 5D. Hahaha, amazing move from Garth! Way to think outside the box! At any rate I see De Haan getting picked up

  8. Further to my earlier comment – for fun here’s my drafted Golden Knights – no side deals made…:
    G 1. Fleury
    2. Mrazek
    3. Subban

    D 1. Manson & Schmidt
    2. Kulikov & Dumba
    3. Van reimsdyk & Garrison
    4. Reinhart & Sibisa

    F 1. Marleau – Nelson – Neal
    2. Ryan – Eakins – Marchessault
    3. Perron – Josefson – Brouwer
    4. Raffl – Dustin Brown – Josh Anderson
    with Stempniak, Rychel, Matteau & Fast

    • Vegas would be nuts to take Brown. I don’t think they’re doing LA a favor without some other piece coming their way.

    • They already have Shipachyov down the middle, he’ll be the 1st or 2nd line centre

      Marchessault-Shipachyov-Perron might be their new 1st line

  9. Vegas’ top 6 D will be solid. Shocked not more drafts made before lists released.

    For the nostalgia….. Sharks and Preds inaugural top 6 D

    Sharks 1st season
    Doug Wilson/David Williams
    Neil Wilkinson/Jayson Moore
    Pat MacLeod/Link Gaetz

    Predators 1st season
    Jamie Heward/Drake Berehowsky
    Joel Bouchard/John Slaney
    Bob Boughner/Kimmo Timonen

  10. trades not drafts..;-

  11. Interesting rumour going around about the Habs moving galchenyuk, plekanac plus multiple picks( Habs have 5 in the first 3 rds) for scandella and Neal? And Vegas selecting Hudon in expansion

    • That is awful from the Habs perspective and makes zero sense. No way.

      • From a Habs point of view?? You’re are nuts

      • Really?

        Neal – 29 (will be 30 at start of year), 23g, 41p
        Scandella – 27, 4g, 13P, ATOI 18min


        Galchenyuk – 23yrs old, 17g, 44p
        Hudon – 22 yrs old, averaging a point a game over 3 years in AHL
        Pleks – who the Habs would love to be rid of
        Draft picks – a 1st? 2nd? 2 2nds???

        So you think that the price for a declining 2nd line LW and a 2nd pair dman is a forward ALREADY outproducing Neal, a top prospect, a good, but horribly overpaid defensive centre on an expiring contract and draft picks? And you think I’m nuts?

        Not even to mention the Habs are so stacked at LW (Pacioretty, Drouin, Lehkonen and Byron) they have zero need for Neal. Scandella would be a decent add but not if they’d have to trade Galchenyuk to make it happen.

        That trade makes so little sense that I can’t even believe it’s a rumour. Sounds like something some guy just randomly made up it’s so bad. Was it Eklund? lol

  12. Manson & Dumba are a very good start. I would also take B.Ryan and Neal for some veteran offence up front. They should also consider some AHL depth- Rychel, Gaunce, and Carr. What about Reily Smith from Florida ?