Ramblings – NHL Protection Lists Are Finalized – Dobber Takes a Krak at Drafting Seattle (July 19)

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2021-07-19

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NHL teams submitted their protected lists on Saturday. Seattle's list of players available to be taken is now finalized and they are spending several days putting their future team together. Right now everybody is rushing over to Cap Friendly to draft their favorite potential Seattle roster.

Nobody will be correct. In fact, while some lucky people may nail 20 of the 30 names that get selected, some of those 20 players will never put on the Seattle uniform. There will be so many side deals in place impacting how this goes, that it changes everything. The Seattle Kraken will be bribed into laying off of selecting players. They will be bribed into taking other players so that they can be flipped right away.

Example: In the 2017 expansion draft Vegas got Alex Tuch and a third in exchange for selecting Erik Haula. They got Shea Theodore in exchange for selecting Clayton Stoner. They were allowed to take Jonathan Marchessault in exchange for also taking Reilly Smith. For taking Jason Garrison, the Golden Knights were given Nikita Gusev. Columbus asked Vegas to take David Clarkson's contract and gave them a first-round pick and made William Karlsson available (he would have been anyway, likely). In the end, out of the 30 players actually selected in the expansion draft itself, just 14 of them (by my count) played a role on the team that year. The rest were pretty much pieces on the board to be shuffled around for prospects and picks.

So we can pick our best team, but we don't know what is going on behind the scenes.

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But that doesn't mean we still can't have fun with it! I'm going to pick my best team, and I'm also going to try (in vain) to get inside the head of Ron Francis and speculate on deals, using that to pick the "real" team.

First of all, I will not be considering any players about to become a UFA. I do not believe in wasting assets and an expansion pick is an asset. For my team I will be draft