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10-08-2012, 08:10 PM
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Hypothetical Expansion Draft - Who do we protect?

If the league expands, there will be a draft where we can on;y "protect" a certain number of players. Who do we pick, assuming the last expansion draft rules (below) still apply?

The general rule is that each of the teams may protect 1 goalie, 5 defensemen, and 9 forwards, or they can protect 2 goalies, 3 defensemen, and 7 forwards. As far as minor league players go, first and second year pros (as well as unsigned draft picks) are exempt from the expansion draft.
Exempt NHL roster players: Smith, Josi, Ellis, Blum, Bourque (i think)

Since we only have 4 D that can be picked, the debate is pretty simple on who we keep (basically, it comes down to picking two of Hali/Spals/Goose to save), so let's make it tougher. 5F, 2D, 1G

My list, in order of priority: Erat, Fisher, Wilson, Legwand, Hornqvist, Weber, Klein, Rinne

Leaves SK, Goose, Spaling, Hali, Yip, McG, Gill, Hannan, and Mason to be drafted.

Who do you keep?

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10-08-2012, 10:53 PM
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Protect SK, Halischuk, Spaling and Hannan for sure. Depending on how you feel about Goose's contract you could leave him unprotected. McGrattan and Yip unprotected for sure.

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10-10-2012, 08:51 AM
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Personally, I wuld keep Gaustad over Halischuck, only because the effort from Halischuck is not consistant night after night and we have a tom of Halischucks in the system in latta, beck, watson (at this point) etc. We don't have many 6-5 faceoff dominant centers coming up.

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