We discuss the Detroit Red Wings protected list ahead of the NHL Expansion Draft.
DETROIT (WXYZ) - The Detroit Red Wings have released their list of protected players ahead of the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft on Wednesday.
Detroit was allowed to protect either seven forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender or eight skaters in all and one goaltender.
The protected players on the Red Wings include:
Dylan Larkin is not on the protected list because he cannot be drafted. The NHL says any first and second-year player is exempt from the draft, so he did not need to be protected.
Unprotected players who the Las Vegas Golden Knights could look at drafting include goalie Petr Mrazek, forwards Darren Helm, Riley Sheahan and Luke Glendening as well as defenseman Xavier Ouellet.
On Wednesday, the Las Vegas Golden Knights will select one player that was not protected from each NHL team to get to 30 players. They have to have 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goaltenders.
Other rules for the Golden Knights include having at least 20 players who are under contract for 201718
Pierre LeBrun from TSN also reports that general managers are expected to call Las Vegas and ask them to draft a certain player from another team and then try to trade for that player.
The entire list of unprotected players include