ST. LOUIS - The results of the NHL Expansion Draft will be revealed on Wednesday night during the NHL Awards (7 p.m. CT, NBCSN), and Blues general manager Doug Armstrong is prepared to submit his list of protected players by today's 4 p.m. deadline.
"It's been a process we've gone through for the whole year, something we knew was going to happen," Armstrong told stlouisblues.com. "We're going to lose a player we don't want to lose, but that's the price for having an additional team in the NHL."
Armstrong said the Blues would protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie. The protected lists for all 30 teams are expected to be revealed on Sunday.
Teams are required to protect all players with no movement clauses. In addition, first- and second-year players like Colton Parayko and Robby Fabbri are exempt from being selected by the Vegas Golden Knights.
"We don't have any players with no movement clauses, so we didn't have to protect anyone," Armstrong said. "These are the players we want to protect."
"You want to make sure you have a long-term vision of what you're trying to do," he added. "Next year is an important year for us, as is every year. We want to come out of the gate strong, make the playoffs and go on a long playoff run."
For more details on who can and can't be protected, check out our earlier story on the NHL Expansion Draft and what you need to inow.