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Hypothetically speaking, who would you keep?

It has been almost 10 years since the last NHL Expansion draft, where the Caps "lost" defenseman Oleg Orekhovsky and forward Barrie Moore. I figured that pretending that there would be another Expansion draft now would be a unique way to figure how we value our current roster.

Minnesota Wild fan group on Google provided the regulations for the 2000 Expansion draft: 

Each club was allowed to protect either (i) up to five defensemen, nine forwards and one goaltender, or (ii) up to three defensemen, seven forwards and two goaltenders. 

Each club was required to expose for claim at least the following players who meet the experience requirements indicated below:

ONE GOALTENDER -- 
For clubs protecting one goaltender, no experience requirement. 
For clubs protecting two goaltenders, either 10 NHL games played in the 1999-2000 season or 25 NHL games played over the last two seasons (1998-99 and 1999-2000).

A goaltender must have played in a minimum of 31 minutes in a game before it would qualify as a game played for these purposes.

Games played include regular season and playoff games.

ONE DEFENSEMAN -- 
Either 40 NHL games played in the 1999-2000 season or 70 NHL games played  over the last two seasons (1998-99 and 1999-2000). 
Games played include regular season and playoff games.

TWO FORWARDS - Either 40 NHL games played in the 1999-2000 season or 70 NHL games played over the last two seasons (1998-99 and 1999-2000).

Games played include regular season and playoff games.

Exempt from the Expansion Draft are (i) all first and second-year pros and (ii) unsigned draft choices (except unsigned draft choices drafted from European clubs in the 1996 Entry Draft or before and who remain unsigned).

No club may lose more than one goaltender or one defenseman.

A club that loses a goaltender may not lose a defenseman. 

Exemptions (by my calculations, only guys with contracts listed in JP's cap calculations page are included):
Varlamov, Neuvirth, Alzner, Sloan, Beagle, Bouchard, Bruess, Della Rovere, Eakin, A. Gordon, Gustafsson, Hauswirth, Osala, Perreault, Pinizotto, Wilson, Carlson, Collins, Finley, Godfrey, McNeil, Miskovic, Holtby.

Players to choose from (by my calculations):

FORWARDS:
Aucoin, Backstrom, Bradley, Chimera, Fehr, Fleischmann, Giroux, B. Gordon, Knuble, Laich, Laing, Morrison, Nylander, Ovechkin, Semin, Steckel

DEFENSEMEN:
Erskine, Green, Morrisonn, Pothier, Poti, Schultz

GOALIES:
Theodore

 

The Caps have a unique situation in that they only have 1 goalie who isn't exempt. That kinda screws everything up, so we'll just make our own rules about the goalie thing. Here is my protect list:

GOALIES: None. Theo is the only non-exempt goalie we have, and we would have to make one available. Even though we could theoretically put in an exempt goalie to save Theo, I wouldn't protect Theo because of his contract.

DEFENSEMEN: Green, Morrisonn, Pothier, Poti and Schultz.. I debated leaving Pothier and Poti (or perhaps one of them) off of the list, but I am not sure that I would want to go into the future with so little experience on the blue line. It would be a tremendous help if an expansion team took Erskine off of our hands.

FORWARDS: Backstrom, Fehr, Fleischmann, Knuble, Laich, Morrison, Ovechkin and Semin. It really came down to Bradley, Chimera and Steckel for the last spot, but I think that Steckel's age, contract, face off ability and PK ability makes him more valuable to a Cup contender than Brads or Chimera. I could really go any way with them, though.

 

With so many stud prospects having less than two years of experience, the Caps would really luck out. Having to protect Alzner, Carlson, Varly and Neuvy would really make things difficult. What do you guys think?

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