Protected lists for this year’s expansion draft were due at 5PM yesterday, and we now know who the Washington Capitals are protecting from the Seattle Kraken. Like in 2017, teams could either protect seven forwards, three defenseman, and one goalie or eight skaters (forwards/defensemen) and one goalie. The Capitals, as expected, took the seven/three/one route and are protecting the following players:
Forwards: Nicklas Backstrom (NMC), T.J. Oshie, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Tom Wilson, Anthony Mantha, Lars Eller, Daniel Sprong
Defensemen: Dmitry Orlov, John Carlson, Trevor van Riemsdyk
Goaltender: Ilya Samsonov
Notable exclusions from the list include Carl Hagelin, Conor Sheary, Justin Schultz, Brenden Dillon, Nick Jensen, and Vitek Vanecek. The full list of players available to the Seattle Kraken is below:
Full list of Capitals’ players *available* in the expansion draft: pic.twitter.com/RcjzX4nqNb— Samantha Pell (@SamanthaJPell) July 18, 2021
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See all other teams’ protected lists here.