The National Hockey League revealed the Protection Lists from the Expansion Draft of the 30 NHL teams on Sunday morning.
The Nashville Predators elected to use the eight skater and one goaltender projection method, ensuring that the below nine players may not be taken by the Vegas Golden Knights.
On Preds Protection List:
Forwards Viktor Arvidsson, Filip Forsberg, Calle Jarnkrok and Ryan Johansen; defensemen Mattias Ekholm, Ryan Ellis, Roman Josi and P.K. Subban; goaltender Pekka Rinne (who was required to be protected on the basis of the no-movement clause in his contract).
Players Available for Selection by Golden Knights:
Forwards Pontus Aberg, Cody Bass, Vernon Fiddler, Mike Fisher, Cody McLeod, James Neal, PA Parenteau, Adam Payerl, Mike Ribeiro, Miikka Salomaki, Colton Sissons, Craig Smith, Trevor Smith, Austin Watson, Colin Wilson, Harry Zolnierczyk; defensemen Taylor Aronson, Anthony Bitetto, Stefan Elliott, Petter Granberg, Brad Hunt, Matt Irwin, Andrew O'Brien, Adam Pardy, Jaynen Rissling, Scott Valentine, Yannick Weber; goaltender Marek Mazanec.
Notable Players Exempt from Selection by Golden Knights:
Forwards Kevin Fiala, Frederick Gaudreau, Vladislav Kamenev, goaltender Juuse Saros.
On the Expansion Draft and Roster Moves:
The Expansion Draft will be held on June 21 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in conjunction with the NHL Awards. Television coverage will be on NBCSN starting at 7 p.m. (CT); NashvillePredators.com will also be on hand for the event.
Currently, the entire League is in the midst of a roster freeze that began on Saturday and lasts until Thursday morning. However, all teams are permitted to negotiate trades with Vegas to stop the Golden Knights from selecting players left off a Protection List. That's a scenario the Golden Knights have indicated they're interested in doing.