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Devils protect seven forwards, three defensemen and a goalie

by Amanda Stein amandacstein /

The list is in and the New Jersey Devils have submitted their Protection List from the Seattle Expansion Draft

General Manager Tom Fitzgerald used the 7-3-1 model forgoing the other alternative of protecting eight skaters and a goalie. 

The list is headlined by Devils captain Nico Hischier, who along with forwards Jesper Bratt, Janne Kuokkanen, Michael McLeod, Yegor Sharangovich, Miles Wood, and Pavel Zacha, are ineligible to be picked by the Kraken. 

Defensemen Jonas Siegenthaler and Damon Severson, as well as newcomer Ryan Graves, are protected as well.

Mackenzie Blackwood, with little surprise, is the goaltender protected. 


Jack Hughes and Ty Smith were not eligible for the Expansion Draft and did not require protection. Other notable names who were not eligible for the draft and did not need protection were Jesper Boqvist, Nolan Foote, and Kevin Bahl.

That leaves notable players P.K. Subban, Will Butcher, Ryan Murray and Connor Carrick available defensemen to Seattle, while forwards Andreas Johnsson, Nathan Bastian and Nick Merkley are among the forwards that may be selected by the Kraken. 

Goaltenders Scott Wedgewood, Evan Cormier and Aaron Dell have been left exposed. 

The Seattle Expansion Draft will take place on July 21, 2021. 

Around the League

Among former Devils left exposed by other teams are: Taylor Hall (BOS), Blake Coleman (TBL), Andy Greene, Kyle Palmieri, Travis Zajac and Cory Schneider (NYI), Adam Henrique (ANA), Sami Vatanen (DAL), Marcus Johansson(MIN) and Adam Larsson (EDM).

Many teams around the league had to make difficult decisions regarding their roster, leaving notable players exposed in the draft.

The Montreal Canadiens left goaltender Carey Price exposed after he waived his No-Movement clause.

Nashville has left Ryan Johansen and Matt Duchene unprotected.

Tampa Bay has left Yanni Gourde, Ondrej Palat, Tyler Johnson and Alex Killorn all up for grabs by Seattle.

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