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03-10-2013, 06:20 PM
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i just did this a couple of days ago on the mainboard.

keep in mind:
UFA players dont count - the draft is done in the offseason, usually the day before the entry draft. Dont protect them and they dont count towards the experienced players you leave available.

You have to leave 1 experienced dman available and 2 experienced forwards. If you choose to protect 2 goalies, you must also leave 1 experienced goalie available.

Teams lose 1 player each in a one-team expansion or 2 players each in a 2-team expansion.

In the case of a two-team expansion, you cannot lose more than one goalie+dman. You can lose either one goalie/dman and one forward or two forwards.

Protected (2-3-7)
F Jason Spezza
F Milan Michalek
F Chris Neil
F Kyle Turris
F Colin Greening
F Zack Smith
F Erik Condra

D Erik Karlsson
D Marc Methot
D Jared Cowen

G Craig Anderson
G Robin Lehner

F Daniel Alfredsson (UFA)
F Guillaume Latendresse (UFA)
F Peter Regin (UFA)
F Jim O'Brien (meets experience rules)
F Kaspars Daugavins (meets experience rules)
F David Dziurzinski
F Mike Hoffman
F Corey Cowick
F Hugh Jessiman

D Sergei Gonchar (UFA)
D Chris Phillips (meets experience rules)
D Mike Lundin (UFA)
D Patrick Wiercioch
D Andre Benoit
D Eric Gryba
D Tyler Eckford

G Ben Bishop (*bishop does not have 25 games played in the last two seasons yet - only 18, but if not for the shortened season, he would, and if there were an expansion draft coming, the sens would make sure he hits it in order to protect lehner)
G Nathan Lawson

F Mika Zibanejad
F Jakob Silfverberg
F Mark Stone
F Stefan Noesen
F Matt Puempel
F Cole Schneider
F Wacey Hamilton
F Shane Prince
F Stephane Da Costa
F Andre Petersson
F Pat Cannone
F Jakub Culek
F Jean-Gabriel Pageau
F Derek Grant
F Darren Kramer
F Louie Caporusso

D Cody Ceci
D Ben Blood
D Fredrik Claesson
D Mark Borowicki
D Chris Wideman

+all unsigned draft picks

assuming a two-team expansion (and therefore 2 players claimed per team, max 1 dman or goalie), i've bolded most likely to get claimed. I suspect ben bishop would be first or second overall (they always take the goalies first, then dmen, then forwards).

in retrospect, if there were an expansion draft this summer, trading for ben bishop might be considered one of the greatest trades in sens history, despite losing him here. He allows us to protect two goalies (Lehner, Anderson) and also prevents any of our unprotected dmen from being taken due to the max 1 dman or goalie rule.
to some of the comments in this thread:

1. We would probably trade bishop before losing him: No, we actually HAVE to keep and expose bishop in order to protect lehner.
2. Wiercioch/Methot: Dont worry about it. Bishop would get claimed so all our defensemen would be protected by default. No expansion team is going to pass on bishop in hopes of picking up wiercioch or methot.

Last edited by danishh: 03-10-2013 at 06:26 PM.
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