Seattle Enlargement Draft Collection: Article 8 – Columbus and Dallas


Welcome back to our Seattle Expansion Draft Series. If you haven’t read this first article that defines the rules of the draft enlargement, that would be a good starting point as I will only give the very basic rules in each of these subsequent articles. If you’re interested in Detroit this was it second article and the seventh article.

I’ll be checking out a different NHL team or two every week. My goal is to get some input from people who cover the team because let’s face it, I don’t have the knowledge of every NHL team to give you the best idea of ​​what to expect. Keep in mind that a lot can happen between now and July, when the lists are finalized. So let’s dive into Columbus and Dallas!

Alison Lukan took the time to be one of the best beatwriters in the league to help me out with Columbus. She consistently publishes some of the most interesting and comprehensive hockey writings and is one must follow on twitter.


According to Lukan “as long as this is the duty roster, Joonas Korpisalo is the goalkeeper they will protect without asking any questions. “The only scenario that could have changed would be if they had acted as they have another good goalkeeper in Elvis Merzlikins who is exempt. (I spoke to Alison before close of trading so that obviously didn’t happen.)


The defensive side has been pretty straightforward since then Seth Jones and Zach Werenski are locks. According to Lukan Vladislav Gavrikov will be the third defender to be protected. “He’s earned a place in the top four and he’s young and they like him,” said Lukan.

Lukan believes Dean Kukan is the most attractive candidate from this defensive corps for Seattle if he “seeks a more progressive defense, as you would expect from some teams in the league”.


Just like with many teams, the first 4 or 5 players are pretty obvious. For Columbus, that includes Cam Atkinson, Oliver Bjorkstrand, Gustav Nyquist, Patrik laine, Max Domi, and Boone Jenner. While Laine’s long-term future in Columbus isn’t certain to say the least, and Domi has been a healthy scratch in back-to-back games lately, they’re being protected.

Lukan believes the last point would amount to both Kevin Stenlund or Eric Robinson, with Stenlund having the upper hand because he can play in the middle. It’s also a year younger and a little cheaper.

Seattle may look to Robinson, whom Lukan describes as a “big, fast player who can’t always find his target,” but the Kraken may feel they can work with it.

Current predicted protective measures

Joonas Korpisalo

Seth Jones
Zach Werenski
Vladislav Gavrikov

Cam Atkinson
Gustav Nyquist
Max Domi
Patrik laine
Boone Jenner
Oliver Bjorkstrand
Kevin Stenlund

Notable unprotected players

Dean Kukan |
Eric Robinson

Helping me with dallas Pat Iversen. You may have heard him lately as Guest on Fer Sure. He has a podcast called the Dallas Stars Plus one with Pat.


Ben Bishop has a no-movement clause. Jake Oettinger is exempt, and Iversen sees no reason why Bishop would forego his NMC, so this is easy.


Miro Heiskanen will obviously be protected. After that, the stars will protect their current top couple John Klingberg and That Lindell. Iversen says Lindell can be a divisive player for the stars. “His analysis doesn’t look very good but it’s hard to argue that he’s in the top four defenders on most teams,” he said.

Iversen think Seattle could try to sign Jamie Oleksiak, who will be UFA after this season. Seattle can either sign him before the draft expansion if it’s left unprotected, or they can select him and try to sign it before the entire league gets a rift against him a week later.


Dallas has three strikers with NMCs that the team would protect even without them: Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn, and Alexander Radulov.

Iversen said Roope Hintz and Denis Gurianov are “absolute locks” that have to be protected, but “after that it becomes difficult.”

Radek Faksa signed an extension last October, so Iversen believes he will be the next name on the protected list.

Finally, he says that the stars “really like it Jason Dickinsonand they will keep it. “So that makes seven!

Current predicted protective measures

Ben Bishop (NMC)

That Lindell
John Klingberg
Miro Heiskanen

Tyler Seguin (NMC)
Jamie Benn (NMC)
Alexander Radulov (NMC)
Radek Faksa
Roope Hintz
Denis Gurianov
Jason Dickinson

Notable unprotected players

Anton Khudobin
Jamie Oleksiak

Article 1: The Rules
Article 2: Detroit (first time)
Article 3: Anaheim and Arizona
Article 4: Boston and Buffalo
Article 5: Calgary and Carolina
Article 6 – Chicago and Colorado
Article 7 – Detroit (for the second time)
Quick update of the rules