A puzzle: expansion | The Journal of Montreal

Not only will the NHL players have to play a shortened schedule, but the next season will force general managers to be rigorous at all times.

And, in terms of staff transfer, they will have to demonstrate creativity, flair and develop a specific strategy to be fully prepared for the draft of the expansion.

Marc Bergevin surely has several scenarios. First, he will have to choose two options: protect seven attackers, three defenders and a keeper; opt for eight players, regardless of their position, and a goalie.

The first option seems the most logical.

Terms & Conditions

I now invite you to take note of the conditions to be respected.

  • A defenseman who is under contract for the 2021-22 season and who played 40 or more games in the NHL the previous season, or 70 or more games in the NHL in the previous two seasons.
  • Two forwards who are under contract for the 2021-22 season and who played 40 or more NHL games the previous season or 70 or more NHL games in the previous two seasons.
  • A goalkeeper who is under contract for the 2021-2022 season or who will be a free agent with compensation at the end of his current contract immediately before the 2021-2022 season. If the team decides to make available a goalie who will become a free agent with compensation in order to meet this requirement, that goalkeeper must receive a qualifying offer before the team protection list is submitted.
  • Players with a career-ending injury who have missed at least the last 60 games (or who have received confirmation that they have a career-ending injury) cannot be used for meet the requirements for players available in the expansion draft, unless approved by the NHL. These players may also be exempted from the league selection process.

Protect Drouin

Obviously, throughout the season, this list will undergo changes depending on the performance of the skaters. This is why the name of Jonathan Drouin may surprise you if we consult the protection list.

I opt for Drouin, on the one hand, because we still do not know what the status of Phillip Danault will be in a month, in three months or at the end of the season. And, on the other hand, Drouin’s presence is mainly explained by his performance during the playoffs and also because it is believed that he will have good times with a center player like Nick Suzuki.

Jake Evans? The end of season bulletin was revealing. This stranger came out of nowhere and seized the opportunity offered to him by grabbing the position of fourth center player.

There is also the monetary aspect that should not be neglected. The choice of Ben Chiarot over Joel Edmundson, who has been given a four-year contract, is based largely on the contract of the two players and the abundance of good elements at the blue line in the development program of the Canadian.

The decision will be made over the season in front of the Seattle Kraken scouts.

Canadian: I offer you a first list of protection

Forwards Forwards
John AndersonJoel armia
Jonathan drouinPaul Byron
Jake evansPhilip danault
Brendan Gallagher *Cale Fleury
Jesperi KotkaniemiJoel edmundson
Artturi LehkonenJuulsen noah
Tyler toffoliVictor Mete
Tomas Tatar
Defenders Defenders
Ben chiarotBrett Kulak
Jeff Petry *
Shea weber
Carey PriceJake Allen *
Alexander Romanov, Nick Suzuki,
Ryan poehling

* Clause prohibiting the Canadian from trading them without their consent

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