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2021 NHL Expansion Draft

The list of players protected in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft for the Seattle Kraken was released Sunday.

The 30 other NHL teams (not including the Vegas Golden Knights) had the option to protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie, or eight skaters and one goalie.

All players with continuing and effective no-move clauses had to be protected. All first- and second-year professionals are exempt from selection, as are unsigned draft choices. 

The Kraken have until 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday to submit their expansion draft selections. They must choose 30 players, one from each team, and must take a minimum of 14 forwards, nine defensemen, and three goalies from the lists of unprotected players.

The 30 clubs who are supposed to give up a player to the Kraken — the Vegas Golden Knights are exempt — have now submitted their approved list of players they’ve protected from the draft.

Take a look below at the full protected lists for all 30 participating teams, and the notable names left for the taking.

Canadian Teams

Montreal Canadiens

Forwards:
Josh Anderson
Joel Armia
Jake Evans
Brendan Gallagher
Jesperi Kotkaniemi
Artturi Lehkonen
Tyler Toffoli

Defencemen:
Ben Chiarot
Joel Edmundson
Jeff Petry

Goaltenders:
Jake Allen

(Notable players exposed: Carey Price, Jonathan Drouin, Shea Weber)

Toronto Maple Leafs

Forwards:
Auston Matthews
Mitch Marner
John Tavares
William Nylander

Defencemen:
Jake Muzzin
TJ Brodie
Morgan Rielly
Justin Holl

Goaltenders:
Jack Campbell

(Notable players exposed: Alex Kerfoot, Jared McCann, Jason Spezza)

Edmonton Oilers

Forwards:
Josh Archibald
Leon Draisaitl
Zack Kassian
Connor McDavid
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Jesse Puljujarvi
Kailer Yamamoto

Defencemen:
Ethan Bear
Duncan Keith
Darnell Nurse

Goaltenders:
Stuart Skinner

(Notable players exposed: James Neal, Adam Larsson, Oskar Klefbom, Mikko Koskinen)

Vancouver Canucks

Forwards:
Brock Boeser
Jordan Dickinson
Bo Horvat
JT Miller
Tyler Motte
Tanner Pearson
Elias Pettersson

Defencemen:
Olli Juolevi
Tyler Myers
Nate Schmidt

Goaltenders:
Thatcher Demko

(Notable players exposed: Braden Holtby, Jake Virtanen, Loui Eriksson)

Winnipeg Jets

Forwards:
Kyle Connor
Andrew Copp
Pierre-Luc Dubois
Nikolaj Ehlers
Adam Lowry
Mark Scheifele
Blake Wheeler

Defencemen:
Josh Morrissey
Neal Pionk
Logan Stanley

Goaltenders:
Connor Hellebuyck

(Notable players exposed: Paul Stastny, Dylan DeMelo)

Calgary Flames

Forwards:
Mikael Backlund
Dillon Dube
Johnny Gaudreau
Elias Lindholm
Andrew Mangiapane
Sean Monahan
Matthew Tkachuk

Defencemen:
Rasmus Andersson
Noah Hanifin
Christopher Tanev

Goaltenders:
Jacob Markstrom

(Notable players exposed: Mark Giordano)

Ottawa Senators

Forwards:
Drake Batherson
Connor Brown
Logan Brown
Nick Paul
Brady Tkachuk
Austin Watson
Colin White

Defencemen:
Thomas Chabot
Victor Mete
Nikita Zaitsev

Goaltenders:
Filip Gustavsson

(Notable players exposed: Matt Murray, Evgenii Dadonov)

American Teams

Anaheim Ducks

Forwards:
Nicolas Deslauriers
Max Jones
Isac Lundestrom
Rickard Rakell
Jakob Silfverberg
Sam Steel
Troy Terry

Defencemen:
Cam Fowler
Hampus Lindholm
Josh Manson

Goaltenders:
John Gibson

(Notable players exposed: Ryan Getzlaf)

Arizona Coyotes

Forwards:
Lawson Crouse
Christian Dvorak
Conor Garland
Clayton Keller
Phil Kessel
Johan Larsson
Nick Schmaltz

Defencemen:
Kyle Capobianco
Jakob Chychrun
Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Goaltenders:
Darcy Kuemper

(Notable players exposed: Alex Goligoski, Derrick Brassard)

Boston Bruins

Forwards:
Patrice Bergeron
Charlie Coyle
Jake DeBrusk
Trent Frederic
Brad Marchand
David Pastrnak
Craig Smith

Defencemen:
Brandon Carlo
Matt Grzelcyk
Charlie McAvoy

Goaltenders:
Dan Vladar

(Notable players exposed: Tuukka Rask, Taylor Hall)

Buffalo Sabres

Forwards:
Rasmus Asplund
Anders Bjork
Jack Eichel
Casey Mittelstadt
Victor Olofsson
Sam Reinhart
Tage Thompson

Defencemen:
Rasmus Dahlin
Henri Jokiharju
Rasmus Ristolainen

Goaltenders:
Linus Ullmark

(Notable players exposed: Jeff Skinner)

Carolina Hurricanes

Forwards:
Jordan Staal
Sebastian Aho
Teuvo Teravainen
Andrei Svechnikov
Vincent Trocheck
Warren Foegele
Jesper Fast

Defencemen:
Jaccob Slavin
Brett Pesce
Brady Skjei

Goaltenders:
Alex Nedeljkovic

(Notable players exposed: Nino Niederreiter, Jake Bean)

Chicago Blackhawks

Forwards:
Henrik Borgstrom
Alex DeBrincat
Brandon Hagel
David Kampf
Patrick Kane
Dylan Strome
Jonathan Toews

Defencemen:
Caleb Jones
Connor Murphy
Riley Stillman

Goaltenders:
Kevin Lankinen

(Notable players exposed: Adam Gaudette, Malcolm Subban)

Colorado Avalanche

Forwards:
Nathan MacKinnon
Mikko Rantanen
Andrei Burakovsky
Nazem Kadri
Valeri Nichushkin
Tyson Jost
Logan O’Connor

Defencemen:
Cale Makar
Devon Toews
Samuel Girard

Goaltenders:
Philipp Grubauer

(Notable players exposed: Gabriel Landeskog)

Columbus Blue Jackets

Forwards:
Cam Atkinson
Oliver Bjorkstrand
Boone Jenner
Patrik Laine
Gustav Nyquist
Eric Robinson
Jack Roslovic

Defencemen:
Seth Jones
Zach Werenski
Vladislav Gavrikov

Goaltenders:
Joonas Korpisalo

(Notable players exposed: Max Domi)

Dallas Stars

Forwards:
Jamie Benn
Radek Faksa
Denis Gurianov
Roope Hintz
Joe Pavelski
Alexander Radulov
Tyler Seguin

Defencemen:
Miro Heiskanen
John Klingberg
Esa Lindell

Goaltenders:
Anton Khudobin

(Notable players exposed: Ben Bishop, Jamie Oleksiak)

Detroit Red Wings

Forwards:
Tyler Bertuzzi
Adam Erne
Robby Fabbri
Dylan Larkin
Michael Rasmussen
Givani Smith
Jakub Vrana

Defencemen:
Filip Hronek
Nick Leddy
Gustav Lindstrom

Goaltenders:
Thomas Greiss

(Notable players exposed: Calvin Pickard, Troy Stecher)

Florida Panthers

Forwards:
Aleksander Barkov
Sam Bennett
Anthony Duclair
Patric Hornqvist
Jonathan Huberdeau
Mason Marchment
Carter Verhaeghe

Defencemen:
Aaron Ekblad
Gustav Forsling
MacKenzie Weegar

Goaltenders:
Sergei Bobrovsky

(Notable players exposed: Chris Driedger)

Los Angeles Kings

Forwards:
Lias Andersson
Viktor Arvidsson
Dustin Brown
Alex Iafallo
Adrian Kempe
Anze Kopitar
Trevor Moore

Defencemen:
Drew Doughty
Matt Roy
Sean Walker

Goaltenders:
Calvin Petersen

(Notable players exposed: Jonathan Quick)

Minnesota Wild

Forwards:
Joel Eriksson Ek
Kevin Fiala
Marcus Foligno
Jordan Greenway
Ryan Hartman
Nico Sturm
Mats Zuccarello

Defencemen:
Jonas Brodin
Matt Dumba
Jared Spurgeon

Goaltenders:
Cam Talbot

(Notable players exposed: Kaapo Kahkonen)

Nashville Predators

Forwards:
Filip Forsberg
Tanner Jeannot
Luke Kunin

Defencemen:
Alexandre Carrier
Mattias Ekholm
Dante Fabbro
Roman Josi
Philippe Myers

Goaltenders:
Juuse Saros

(Notable players exposed: Matt Duchene, Ryan Johansen)

New Jersey Devils

Forwards:
Jesper Bratt
Nico Hischier
Janne Kuokkanen
Michael McLeod
Yegor Sharangovich
Miles Wood
Pavel Zacha

Defencemen:
Ryan Graves
Damon Severson
Jonas Siegenthaler

Goaltenders:
Mackenzie Blackwood

(Notable players exposed: P.K. Subban, Will Butcher)

New York Islanders

Forwards:
Mathew Barzal
Anthony Beauvillier
Cal Clutterbuck
Anders Lee
Matt Martin
Brock Nelson
Jean-Gabriel Pageau

Defencemen:
Scott Mayfield
Adam Pelech
Ryan Pulock

Goaltenders:
Semyon Varlamov

(Notable players exposed: Jordan Eberle, Josh Bailey)

New York Rangers

Forwards:
Pavel Buchnevich
Filip Chytil
Chris Kreider
Artemi Panarin
Kevin Rooney
Ryan Strome
Mika Zibanejad

Defencemen:
Libor Hajek
Ryan Lindgren
Jacob Trouba

Goaltenders:
Alexandar Georgiev

(Notable players exposed: Keith Kinkaid)

Philadelphia Flyers

Forwards:
Nicolas Aube-Kubel
Sean Couturier
Claude Giroux
Kevin Hayes
Travis Konecny
Scott Laughton
Oskar Lindblom

Defencemen:
Ryan Ellis
Ivan Provorov
Travis Sanheim

Goaltenders:
Carter Hart

(Notable players exposed: Jakub Voracek, James van Riemsdyk, Shayne Gostisbehere)

Pittsburgh Penguins

Forwards:
Teddy Blueger
Jeff Carter
Sidney Crosby
Jake Guentzel
Kasperi Kapanen
Evgeni Malkin
Bryan Rust

Defencemen:
Brian Dumoulin
Kris Letang
Mike Matheson

Goaltenders:
Tristan Jarry

(Notable players exposed: Jason Zucker, Brandon Tanev)

San Jose Sharks

Forwards:
Rudolfs Balcers
Logan Couture
Jonathan Dahlen
Tomas Hertl
Evander Kane
Kevin Labanc
Timo Meier

Defencemen:
Brent Burns
Erik Karlsson
Marc-Edouard Vlasic

Goaltenders:
Adin Hill

(Notable players exposed: Patrick Marleau)

St. Louis Blues

Forwards:
Ivan Barbashev
Jordan Kyrou
Ryan O’Reilly
David Perron
Brayden Schenn
Oskar Sundqvist
Robert Thomas

Defencemen:
Justin Faulk
Torey Krug
Colton Parayko

Goaltenders:
Jordan Binnington

(Notable players exposed: Vladimir Tarasenko)

Tampa Bay Lightning

Forwards:
Anthony Cirelli
Nikita Kucherov
Brayden Point
Steven Stamkos

Defencemen:
Victor Hedman
Erik Cernak
Ryan McDonagh
Mikhail Sergachev

Goaltenders:
Andrei Vasilevskiy

(Notable players exposed: Yanni Gourde, Ondrej Palat, Alex Killorn, Tyler Johnson)

Washington Capitals

Forwards:
Nicklas Backstrom
Lars Eller
Evgeny Kuznetsov
Anthony Mantha
T.J. Oshie
Daniel Sprong
Tom Wilson

Defencemen:
John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov
Trevor van Riemsdyk

Goaltenders:
Ilya Samsonov

(Notable players exposed: Brenden Dillion, Justin Schultz)

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