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Canadiens' protected list unveiled ahead of 2017 Expansion Draft

Tomas Plekanec, Alexei Emelin, Brandon Davidson and Charles Hudon among those players available to Las Vegas for Expansion Draft

by Montreal Canadiens @canadiensmtl /

MONTREAL - The NHL announced on Sunday the protected lists for all 30 current teams heading into Wednesday's 2017 Expansion Draft.

The Canadiens have opted to protect 11 players (seven forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender) from being selected by Las Vegas general manager George McPhee.

See the full list below:

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

This list is in addition to all first- and second-year professionals -- such as Artturi Lehkonen, Michael McCarron, and Charlie Lindgren -- as well as all unsigned draft choices, who are automatically protected.

Sunday's unveiling of protected lists is just the latest step towards the 2017 Expansion Draft. On Saturday, an expansion draft trade/waiver freeze went into effect at 3:00 p.m. for all NHL teams (excluding the Golden Knights) -- two hours prior to the day's 5:00 p.m. deadline for protected list submissions.

The freeze will be lifted the morning following the draft, on Thursday at 8:00 a.m.

Las Vegas must select one player from each presently existing club for a total of 30 players. The players selected by the NHL's 31st franchise will be revealed during the 2017 NHL Awards on Wednesday, June 21 at 8:00 p.m. ET.
Fans in Canada can tune-in to the event on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

List of players available to Las Vegas:

F - Daniel Carr 
F - Connor Crisp 
F - Jacob De La Rose 
F - Bobby Farnham 
F - Brian Flynn 
F - Max Friberg 
F - Charles Hudon 
F - Dwight King 
F - Stefan Matteau 
F - Torrey Mitchell 
F - Joonas Nattinen 
F - Steve Ott 
F - Tomas Plekanec 
F - Alexander Radulov 
F - Chris Terry 
D - Brandon Davidson 
D - Alexei Emelin 
D - Keegan Lowe 
D - Andrei Markov 
D - Nikita Nesterov 
D - Zach Redmond 
D - Dalton Thrower 
G - Al Montoya 

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