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NHL Announces Preds Protection List Ahead of 2021 Expansion Draft

Nashville Protects Five Defensemen, Three Forwards, One Goaltender from Being Selected by Seattle in Expansion Draft

by Brooks Bratten @brooksbratten / Senior Communications & Content Coordinator

The NHL has revealed the protection lists from the 30 participating clubs ahead of Wednesday's 2021 Expansion Draft, and the Predators have made their selections.

As they did for the 2017 Expansion Draft, Nashville elected to use the eight skater and one goaltender protection method, ensuring that the below nine players may not be taken by the Seattle Kraken as they build their inaugural roster via the Expansion Draft.

Players Protected by the Preds:

Forwards Filip Forsberg, Tanner Jeannot and Luke Kunin; defensemen Alexandre Carrier, Mattias Ekholm, Dante Fabbro, Roman Josi and Philippe Myers; goaltender Juuse Saros.

Players Available for Selection by Seattle:

Forwards Nick Cousins, Matt Duchene, Rocco Grimaldi, Calle Jarnkrok, Ryan Johansen, Rem Pitlick, Anthony Richard, Colton Sissons and Yakov Trenin; defensemen Frederic Allard, Matt Benning, Mark Borowiecki and Ben Harpur; goaltender Connor Ingram.

Notable Players Exempt from Selection by Seattle:

Forwards Cody Glass, Mathieu Olivier, Eeli Tolvanen & Philip Tomasino.

The 2021 NHL Expansion Draft will take place Wednesday, July 21 at 7 p.m. CT and will be broadcasted by ESPN2 in the United States. The Kraken will select one player from each team, excluding the Golden Knights, for a total of 30 (at least 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goalies).

Seattle must choose a minimum of 20 players under contract for the 2021-22 regular season and those with an aggregate Expansion Draft value that is between 60-100 percent of the prior season's upper limit for the salary cap. The Kraken cannot buy out players chosen in the Expansion Draft earlier than the summer following its first season.

Current NHL teams had the option to protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie, or eight skaters (forwards/defensemen) and one goalie.

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