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Oilers announce protected list for expansion

The Oilers announced their protected list for the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft

by Chris Wescott / EdmontonOilers.com Head Writer

The Edmonton Oilers, along with the rest of the NHL, have released their list of protected players ahead of the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft which will take place June 21.

Each club had the option to protect seven forwards, three defencemen and a goalie, or eight skaters and a goalie. All players with continuing and effective no-movement clauses had to be protected by their teams. All first and second-year pros are exempt from selection, as are unsigned draft picks.

The Las Vegas Golden Knights have until 8 a.m. MT on Wednesday to submit their 30 expansion selections, including one from each team and a minimum of 14 forwards, nine defencemen and three goalies from the lists of available players.

Vegas' selections will be revealed at the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft presented by T-Mobile on Wednesday night.

The Oilers have protected seven forwards, three defencemen and one goalie. See the full list below.

PROTECTED:

Leon Draisaitl (F)

Jordan Eberle (F)

Zack Kassian (F)

Mark Letestu (F)

Milan Lucic (F)

Patrick Maroon (F)

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (F)

Oscar Klefbom (D)

Adam Larsson (D)

Andrej Sekera (D)

Cam Talbot (G)

AVAILABLE:

David Desharnais (F)

Justin Fontaine (F)

Matt Hendricks (F)

Roman Horak (F)

Jujhar Khaira (F)

Anton Lander (F)

Iiro Pakarinen (F)

Tyler Pitlick (F)

Zach Pochiro (F)

Benoit Pouliot (F)

Henrik Samuelsson (F)

Bogdan Yakimov (F)

Mark Fayne (D)

Andrew Ference (D)

Mark Fraser (D)

Eric Gryba (D)

David Musil (D)

Jordan Oesterle (D)

Griffin Reinhart (D)

Kris Russell (D)

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