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Few surprises to be found among Canadian NHL teams’ expansion draft protected lists

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After a 30-minute delay on Sunday morning, the National Hockey League released the expansion draft protected lists. The Vegas Golden Knights are on the clock now, with a little more than three days to make their selections and to make deals with the other 30 teams.

It is likely that some teams already have deals in place with Vegas general manager George McPhee as they seek to offer assets like draft picks to retain players who didn’t fit inside the protect list rules (either seven forwards, three defencemen and one goalie, or eight skaters and one goalie).

Below are the protection lists of the seven Canadian teams, which look a lot like the lists readers selected in voting last week.

Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks had limited spots available at forward because they have three forwards they must protect due to no-trade clauses — Daniel and Henrik Sedin and Loui Eriksson. The hardest choices came on defence, where the Canucks have four defencemen worth keeping but only three spots. They elected to go with Erik Gudbranson over Luca Sbisa.

Forwards: Daniel Sedin (NTC), Henrik Sedin (NTC), Loui Eriksson (NTC), Bo Horvat, Sven Baertschi, Markus Granlund and Brandon Sutter

Defence: Alex Edler, Chris Tanev, Erik Gudbranson

Goaltender: Jacob Markstrom

Calgary Flames

The Flames put their goaltending worries behind them by trading for the Coyotes’ Mike Smith on Saturday.

Forwards: Sean Monahan, Johnny Gaudreau, Mikael Backlund, Sam Bennett, Michael Frolik, Micheal Ferland, Curtis Lazar

Defence: Mark Giordano, Dougie Hamilton, T.J. Brodie

Goaltender: Mike Smith

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Edmonton Oilers

Forwards: Milan Lucic (NTC), Leon Draisaitl, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Patrick Maroon, Zack Kassian, Jordan Eberle, Mark Letestu

Defence: Adam Larsson, Oscar Klefbom, Andrej Sekera

Goaltender: Cam Talbot (NTC)

Winnipeg Jets

The Jets, it was announced Saturday, were able to get defenceman Tobias Enstrom to waive his no-trade clause for the purpose of exposing him to the draft. That allowed the Jets to keep defenceman Tyler Myers and not have to use the eight-skaters option. That meant three extra forwards could be protected, spots that went to Adam Lowry, Joel Armia and Andrew Copp.

Forward: Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler, Bryan Little, Mathieu Perreault, Adam Lowry, Joel Armia, Andrew Copp

Defence: Dustin Byfuglien (NTC), Jacob Trouba, Tyler Myers

Goaltender: Connor Hellebuyck

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Toronto Maple Leafs

The Leafs have so many young forwards who didn’t have to be protected because they have less than three years of service time that they could afford to protect Matt Martin and expose marginal young prospects like Brendan Leipsic, Kerby Rychel and Seth Griffith.

Forwards: Nazem Kadri, James van Riemsdyk, Tyler Bozak, Leo Komarov, Connor Brown, Josh Leivo, Matt Martin

Defence: Morgan Rielly, Jake Gardiner, Connor Carrick

Goaltender: Frederik Andersen

Ottawa Senators

It came out Saturday that the Senators had made the choice to protect defenceman Cody Ceci over Marc Methot, but hoped to be able to retain Methot. The club had tried to avoid the choice by asking Dion Phaneuf to waive his no-trade clause so that he could be exposed, but he declined. Ryan Dzingel earned a protected spot over Bobby Ryan.

Forwards: Mark Stone, Kyle Turris, Mike Hoffman, Derick Brassard, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Zack Smith, Ryan Dzingel

Defence: Dion Phaneuf (NTC), Erik Karlsson, Cody Ceci

Goaltender: Craig Anderson

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Montreal Canadiens

The Canadiens made two pre-list moves in the last three days, acquiring potential star forward Jonathan Drouin from Tampa Bay for defenceman Mikhail Sergachev, who is still just 18 years old. Drouin’s arrival meant one fewer spot was open at forward, which likely caused Alexander Radulov to be exposed. Radulov will be a free agent on July 1, so there’s probably some hope they can re-sign him.

Montreal also sent defenceman Nathan Beaulieu to Buffalo for a third-round pick, easing the decision on defence and allowing the Canadiens to protect Jordie Benn.

Forwards: Max Pacioretty, Brendan Gallagher, Paul Byron, Phillip Danault, Alex Galchenyuk, Andrew Shaw, Jonathan Drouin

Defence: Jeff Petry (NTC), Shea Weber, Jordie Benn

Goaltender: Carey Price (NTC)

View all 30 teams’ lists below:

NHL Expansion Draft Protected/Available Lists by grspur on Scribd

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