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Bruins' Defense and the Seattle Expansion Draft

Bruins' Defense and the Seattle Expansion Draft

May 22nd, 2020 For the second time in four years, the National Hockey League is preparing for an expansion draft. In 2017, the league went through the process with the Vegas Golden Knights. Now, they will prepare for 2021 when the 32nd NHL team based in Seattle will hold their draft. Related: Boston Bruins'...
Lightning: Looking Forward to the 2021 Seattle Expansion Draft

Lightning: Looking Forward to the 2021 Seattle Expansion Draft

April 24th, 2020 For the Tampa Bay Lightning, the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft was relatively painless. While the Vegas Golden Knights built a Stanley Cup contender using leverage granted by the NHL, the Lightning managed to navigate the tricky situation relatively well, ridding themselves of Jason Garrison's contract...

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April 3rd, 2020
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The 2021 NHL Expansion Draft, set to take place next June as the league populates the roster of the Seattle franchise that will bring it to 32 teams, probably was only on the periphery of fans' minds even before the COVID-19 pandemic forced a shutdown in play - perhaps for the rest of the 2019-20 season. Yet that draft is hardly ever far from the minds of every front office personnel member in the league, with executives forced for the second time in four years to think ahead to and prepare for the loss of one player - in some cases, a pretty good one. The Vegas Golden Knights took advantage of teams' desperation in the last such go-around in 2017. The NHL's limited player protection rules for that draft resulted in the Knights building a strong roster from the get-go by plundering other teams' rosters and benefiting from numerous pre-draft trades in which they would agree not to select certain players - for a price, of course. That set Vegas up to make a stunning run to the...
March 19th, 2020
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There is still a great deal of time before the 2021 Seattle Expansion Draft rolls around, and many things could change for the Ottawa Senators between now and then. Nevertheless, with the NHL season currently at a standstill, it is a perfect time to take a look at what the Senators' protection list could like for the draft. Related: Rankings the Senators' 1990s First-Round Picks The last time the Senators went through this ordeal back in 2017, they lost a significant contributor in Marc Methot. (from 'Senators forced to roll dice with Methot in expansion draft,' Ottawa Sun, 06/28/2017) Likewise, a look at their protected players from that draft is a dismal trip down memory lane, with names like Erik Karlsson, Mark Stone, Mike Hoffman, Kyle Turris, and Jean-Gabriel Pageau adorning the list. The Ottawa Senators exposed Marc Methot at the 2017 Vegas Expansion Draft. (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) The rules for the 2021 Expansion Draft are the same as they were in 2017....
March 17th, 2020
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With all the exciting things that happen in the NHL day in and day out, it is sometimes hard to remember that there will be a new NHL franchise in Seattle for the 2021-22 season. Although an official date for the Seattle Expansion Draft has yet to be announced, the Vegas Golden Knights had theirs on the day of the NHL awards on June 21, 2017. Their first season began that same year, so we can expect the draft to be around the same date in 2021. This means that the Calgary Flames will have to start preparing for who they will both protect and leave exposed. Related: Flyers Won't Get so Lucky in Next Expansion Draft Before the Golden Knights' first NHL season, almost everyone predicted them to struggle. Many of the players they picked were considered castoffs, but we now know that wasn't the case. Then-general manager George McPhee and his scouting staff did a tremendous job, picking up several players who had strong seasons and helped the team advance to the Stanley Cup Final....
March 16th, 2020
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The NHL is one season away from Seattle and their general manager Ron Francis stepping up to a podium and making their selections in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft. Related: NHL Expansion Draft Rules and Regulations This exercise is to project and predict protections and exposures as well as to share possible expansion strategies based on the approach taken by GM Marc Bergevin with the recent 2017 Vegas Golden Knights Expansion Draft.  Ron Francis, NHL Seattle's first general manager (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File) Note, the draft is still a full year away, and the roster can still change between now and the expansion draft. This is built as a fun exercise to distract as well as better understand the mechanisms of the draft and strategies to approach it. Also, due to the NHL being paused, now was as good a time as any to do this and distract ourselves. Draft Rules The 2021 NHL Expansion Draft will follow the same rules as the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft. Players...
March 14th, 2020
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The Seattle Expansion Draft will take place next summer and it will be the second such event since 2017. The Vancouver Canucks have important decisions to make regarding which players they will protect going into the draft. In the 2017 Expansion Draft, the Canucks lost Luca Sbisa to the Vegas Golden Knights. In 2021, they will have a few tough calls to make regarding the players they will choose to protect. Protected Players in 2017 Expansion Draft In the 2017 Expansion Draft, the Canucks protected Sven Baertschi, Loui Eriksson, Markus Granlund, Bo Horvat, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, and Brandon Sutter as their seven forwards. Among the seven forwards, Horvat, Eriksson, and Sutter remain with the main roster while Baertschi has been playing with the AHL's Utica Comets this season. The Sedin twins have retired and Granlund signed with the Edmonton Oilers this past offseason and is playing with their AHL team now. Henrik and Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks, Jan. 12, 2017...
February 25th, 2020
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When the new Seattle expansion franchise starts searching for their first head coach, they will have lots of names to choose from. In THW's first edition of the versus series, we take a look at two of those names in former Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau and former Vegas Golden Knights head coach Gerard Gallant. They are both experienced coaches in the NHL, but who would ultimately be the best fit for a team just starting their journey in the league? We are here to find out! So without further ado, let's get this fight underway! Round One - NHL Experience Bruce Boudreau Boudreau has certainly been around the block a few times in the NHL from his first coaching job with the Washington Capitals to his latest post with the Wild. In all, he's coached a total of 984 games, winning 567 times in that span. That places him 22nd on the all-time list and 10th amongst active head coaches. He's only missed the postseason twice in his career, coaching two very successful...