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NHL releases Vegas expansion draft protected players list

The Golden Knights will now pick one unprotected player from every organization.
NHL 100 years logo. (Photo: Getty Images)
The NHL released the protected players list of every team ahead of the Vegas expansion draft. (Photo: Getty Images)

We are starting to get a better idea of who the Vegas Golden Knights might take during Wednesday's expansion draft.

On Sunday, the NHL released each of the original 30 teams' lists of players that they will protect ahead of Vegas' selection process. These players cannot be touched by the league's 31st franchise.

Now Vegas can deliberate on which of the unprotected players from each team they could choose from. 

The new franchise is also bound to receive plenty of offers from around the league, asking them to select a prospect from the entry draft in return for an already-established veteran. 

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Here is every team's protected list:

New York Islanders

  • John Tavares, F
  • Andrew Ladd, F
  • Anders Lee, F
  • Johnny Boychuk, D
  • Nick Leddy, D
  • Travis Hamonic, D
  • Adam Pelech, D
  • Ryan Pulock, D
  • Thomas Greiss, G

New York Rangers

  • Kevin Hayes, F
  • Chris Kreider, F
  • J.T. Miller, F
  • Rick Nash, F
  • Derek Stepan, F
  • Mika Zibanejad, F
  • Mats Zuccarello, F
  • Nick Holden, D
  • Ryan McDonagh, D
  • Marc Staal, D
  • Henrik Lundqvist, D

Philadelphia Flyers

  • Sean Couturier, F
  • Valtteri Filppula, F
  • Claude Giroux
  • Scott Laughton, F
  • Brayden Schenn, F
  • Wayne Simmonds, F
  • Jakub Voracek, F
  • Shayne Gostisbehere, D
  • Radko Gudas, D
  • Brandon Manning, D
  • Anthony Stolarz, G

Boston Bruins

  • David Backes, F
  • Patrice Bergeron, F
  • David Krejci, F
  • Brad Marchand, F
  • Riley Nash, F
  • David Pastrnak, F
  • Ryan Spooner, F
  • Zdeno Chara, D
  • Torey Krug, D
  • Kevan Miller, D
  • Tuukka Rask, G

Anaheim Ducks

  • Andrew Cogliano, F
  • Ryan Getzlaf, F
  • Ryan Kesler, F
  • Corey Perry, F
  • Rickard Rakell, F
  • Jakob Silfverberg, F
  • Antoine Vermette, F
  • Kevin Bieksa, D
  • Cam Fowler, D
  • Hampus Lindholm, D
  • John Gibson, G

Arizona Coyotes

  • Nick Cousins, F
  • Anthony Duclair, F
  • Jordan Martinook, F
  • Tobias Rieder, F
  • Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D
  • Alex Goligoski, D
  • Connor Murphy, D
  • Luke Schenn, D
  • Chad Johnson, G

Buffalo Sabres

  • Tyler Ennis, F
  • Marcus Foligno, F
  • Zemgus Girgensons, F
  • Evander Kane, F
  • Johan Larsson, F
  • Ryan O'Reilly, F
  • Kyle Okposo, F
  • Nathan Beaulieu, D
  • Jake McCabe, D
  • Rasmus Ristolainen, D
  • Robin Lehner, G

Calgary Flames

  • Mikael Backlund, F
  • Sam Bennett, F
  • Michael Ferland, F
  • Michael Frolik, F
  • Johnny Gaudreau, F
  • Curtis Lazar, F
  • Sean Monahan, F
  • T.J. Brodie, D
  • Mark Giordano, D
  • Dougie Hamilton, D
  • Mike Smith, G

Carolina Hurricanes

  • Phillip Di Giuseppe, F
  • Elias Lindholm, F
  • Brock McGinn, F
  • Victor Rask, F
  • Jeff Skinner, F
  • Jordan Staal, F
  • Trevor Carrick, D
  • Justin Faulk, D
  • Ryan Murphy, D
  • Scott Darling, G

Chicago Blackhawks

  • Artem Anisimov, F
  • Ryan Hartman, F
  • Marian Hossa, F
  • Tomas Jurco, F
  • Patrick Kane, F
  • Richard Panik, F
  • Jonathan Toews, F
  • Niklas Hjalmarsson, D
  • Duncan Keith, D
  • Brent Seabrook, D
  • Corey Crawford, G

Colorado Avalanche

  • Sven Andrighetto, F
  • Blake Comeau, F
  • Matt Duchene, F
  • Rocco Grimaldi, F
  • Gabriel Landeskog, F
  • Nathan MacKinnon, F
  • Matt Nieto, F
  • Tyson Barrie, D
  • Erik Johnson, D
  • Nikita Zadorov, D
  • Semyon Varlamov, G

Columbus Blue Jackets

  • Cam Atkinson, F
  • Brandon Dubinsky, F
  • Nick Foligno, F
  • Scott Hartnell, F
  • Boone Jenner, F
  • Brandon Saad, F
  • Alexander Wennberg, F
  • Seth Jones, D
  • Ryan Murray, D
  • David Savard, D
  • Sergei Bobrovsky, G

Dallas Stars

  • Jamie Benn, F
  • Radek Faksa, F
  • Valeri Nichushkin, F
  • Brett Ritchie, F
  • Antonie Roussel, F
  • Tyler Seguin, Jason Spezza, F
  • Stephen Johna, D
  • John Klingberg, D
  • Esa Lindell, D
  • Ben Bishop, G

Detroit Red Wings

  • Justin Abdelkader, F
  • Andreas Athanasiou, F
  • Anthony Mantha, F
  • Frans Nielsen, F
  • Gustav Nyquist, F
  • Tomas Tatar, F
  • Henrik Zetterberg, F
  • Danny DeKeyser, D
  • Mike Green, D
  • Nick Jensen, D
  • Jimmy Howard, G

Edmonton Oilers

  • Leon Draisaitl, F
  • Jordan Eberle, F
  • Zack Kassian, F
  • Mark Letestu, F
  • Milan Lucic, F
  • Patrick Maroon, F
  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, F
  • Oscar Klefbom, D
  • Adam Larsson, D
  • Andrej Sekera, D
  • Cam Talbot, G

Florida Panthers

  • Aleksander Barkov, F
  • Nick Bjugstad, F
  • Jonathan Huberdeau, F
  • Vincent Trocheck, F
  • Aaron Ekblad, D
  • Alex Petrovic, D
  • Mark Pysyk, D
  • Keith Yandle, D
  • James Reimer, G

Los Angeles Kings

  • Jeff Carter, F
  • Anze Kopitar, F
  • Tanner Pearson, F
  • Tyler Toffoli, F
  • Drew Doughty, D
  • Derek Forbort, D
  • Alec Martinez, D
  • Jake Buzzin, D
  • Jonathan Quick, G

Minnesota Wild

  • Charlie Coyle, F
  • Mikael Granlund, F
  • Mikko Koivu, F
  • Nino Niederreiter, F
  • Zach Parise, F
  • Jason Pominville, F
  • Jason Zucker, F
  • Jonas Brodin, D
  • Jared Spurgeon, D
  • Ryan Suter, D
  • Devan Dubnyk, G

Montreal Canadiens

  • Paul Byron, F
  • Phillip Danault, F
  • Jonathan Drouin, F
  • Alex Galchenyuk, F
  • Brendan Gallagher, F
  • Max Pacioretty, F
  • Andrew Shaw, F
  • Jordie Benn, D
  • Jeff Petry, D
  • Shea Weber, D
  • Carey Price, G

Nashville Predators

  • Viktor Arvidsson, F
  • Filip Forsberg, F
  • Calle Jarnkrok, F
  • Ryan Johansen, F
  • Mattias Ekholm, D
  • Ryan Ellis, D
  • Roman Josi, D
  • P.. Subban, D
  • Pekka Rinne, G

New Jersey Devils

  • Taylor Hall, F
  • Adam Henrique, F
  • Kyle Palmieri, F
  • Travis Zajac, F
  • Andy Greene, D
  • John Moore, D
  • Mirco Mueller, D
  • Damon Severson, D
  • Cory Schneider, G

Ottawa Senators

  • Derick Brassard, F
  • Ryan Dzingel, F
  • Mike Hoffman, F
  • Jean-Gabriel Pageau, F
  • Zack Smith, F
  • Mark Stone, F
  • Kyle Turris, F
  • Cody Ceci, D
  • Erik Karlsson, D
  • Dion Phaneuf, D
  • Craig Anderson, G

Pittsburgh Penguins

  • Sidney Crosby, F
  • Patric Hornqvist, F
  • Phil Kessel, F
  • Evgeni Malkin, F
  • Brian Dumoulin, D
  • Kris Letang, D
  • Olli Maatta, D
  • Justin Schultz, D
  • Matt Murray, G

San Jose Sharks

  • Ryan Carpenter, F
  • Logan Couture, F
  • Jannik Hansen, F
  • Tomas Hertl, F
  • Melker Karlsson, F
  • Joe Pavelski, F
  • Chris Tierney, F
  • Justin Braun, D
  • Brent Burns, D
  • Marc-Edouard Vlasic, D
  • Martin Jones, G

St. Louis Blues

  • Patrik Berglund, F
  • Ryan Reaves, F
  • Jaden Schwartz, F
  • Vladimir Sobotka, F
  • Paul Stastny, F
  • Alexander Steen, F
  • Vladimir Tarasenko, F
  • Jay Bouwmeester, D
  • Joel Edmundson, D
  • Alex Pietrangelo, D
  • Jake Allen, G

Tampa Bay Lightning

  • Ryan Callahan, F
  • Tyler Johnson, F
  • Alex Killorn, F
  • Nikita Kucherov, F
  • Vladislav Namestnikov, F
  • Ondrej Palat, F
  • Steven Stamkos, F
  • Braydon Coburn, Victor Hedman, D
  • Anton Stralman, D
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy, G

Toronto Maple Leafs

  • Tyler Bozak, F
  • Connor Brown, F
  • Nazem Kadri, F
  • Leo Komarov, F
  • Josh Leivo, F
  • Matt Martin, F
  • James van Riemsdyk, F
  • Connor Carrick, D
  • Jake Gardiner, D
  • Morgan Rielly, D
  • Frederik Andersen, G

Vancouver Canucks

  • Sven Baertschi, F
  • Loui Eriksson, F
  • Markus Granlund, F
  • Bo Horvat, F
  • Daniel Sedin, F
  • Henrik Sedin, F
  • Brandon Sutter, F
  • Alexander Edler, D
  • Erik Gudbranson, D
  • Christopher Tanev, D
  • Jacob Markstrom, G

Washington Capitals

  • Nicklas Backstrom, F
  • Andre Burakovsky, F
  • Lars Eller, F
  • Marcus Johansson, F
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov, F
  • Alex Ovechkin, F
  • Tom Wilson, F
  • John Carlson, D
  • Matt Niskanen, D
  • Dmitry Orlov, D
  • Braden Holtby, G

Winnipeg Jets

  • Joel Armia, F
  • Andrew Copp, F
  • Bryan Little, F
  • Adam Lowry, F
  • Mathieu Perreault, F
  • Mark Scheifele, F
  • Blake Wheeler, F
  • Dustin Byfuglien, D
  • Tyler Myers, D
  • Jacob Trouba, D
  • Connor Hellebuyck, G

 

 
 
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