The good news about the expansion draft is it’s almost here. Teams must submit their protected lists on Saturday, they will be made public on Sunday, and all the club-players who should be protected in some sectors of the Bryan Fandom will eventually be exposed, all the dentures will be revealed.
The good news is, despite some skyrocketing progress from some forever people, they will only lose one player.
Not so good news? Yes, B has no doubt that any player they choose to keep will lose him, and it’s a very good area – defense can be – it’s already down.
Let’s look at the options and we think B’s protection should be given. Most of them are obvious.
The team can go on one of the two routes. They can defend eight skaters regardless of location and one goalkeeper or they can go on the more popular -3-3-1 route where they can defend seven forwards, three defenders and one goalkeeper. Expect them to take Option 2.
Charlie McAvoy, Matt Grazelick and newly signed Brandon Carlo – it seems pretty clear which defense force they will protect.
As a goaltender, teams must provide a netminer and the pen booth fits that bill. Tukka Rusk is a controlled free agent so you don’t have to protect him, nor do you have to protect Jeremy Swamin, who is in the entry level contract and has been released. This allows the Bronzes to defend Daniel Vladar.
In the meantime, most of the controversy revolves around who will secure the bronze for the forward bat. They have got five clear ones – Patrice Bergern, Brad Marchand, David Pasternak, Charlie Coyle and Craig Smith. Some fans have made their debut in Coyle, but at least some of his subper performances last season could be tied to a knee injury that would require surgery. And besides, the Bs aren’t just in a position to cross the center.
That would leave Jack de Brusch, Nick Ritchie, Curtis Lazarus, Andreas Casey and Trent Frederick to fill two slots. Like Coyle, Dibrosk has discovered himself as an irritating object for many fans, and this is understandable. He had a disastrous season in which he signed a QAID contract and found himself a healthy scratch on the point, his production falling to just five goals and nine assists in 41 games. However, he is a 24-year-old player with a 2-goal season under his belt and could crack 20 more if the epidemic in 2012-2010 is not shortened by the epidemic. Leaving him unprotected would not make sense. At the very least he can be an effective trade chip, above all he can return and very well become the left branch of the third line should be the re-signed Taylor Hall of B, which should not be secured if not extended before expanding the draft.
It’s left to Richie, Lazarus, Casey and Frederick, and Frederick’s feeling seems to be to protect, which will go the way of B after signing him for a two-year term of 1.05 million annually like Frederick’s Rookie season came out and his There’s a real question as to what the ceiling actually is, but these eyes, enough to see its edge, as well as its short-use shot, seem to have a more tainted potential.
Which leaves Richie, Lazarus and Casey. Ritchie is coming off a 15-goal season in 56 games, although he has yet to prove that he is in the running to turn the corner of B and pat in the second half. A limited free agent, Richie’s price tag can also be a bit high. Losing Lazarus could do more damage to B, especially his more reasonable $ 800,000 deal for another year. But the presence of Frederick as well as Jack Studnikar will alleviate this.
With Cass’s history of perseverance, it is highly unlikely that he will be chosen. And here it is assumed that it will not come to Richie or Lazarus in the defeat of B. Seattle Kraken will pick their defenders Connor Clifton, Jeremy Lausanne and Jacob Joboril. Their former coach Jay Leach at Providence knows them all very well. Leach isn’t picking, but if GM Ron Francis doesn’t pick Leach’s brain when it comes to picking from B, he’s not doing his job.
And we assume that Cliffy Hockey will go northwest of the Pacific. Any expansion team benefits by taking on the personality of the satellite, Cinderella, as we saw with the Vegas Golden Nights. And the perpetual chip on Clifton’s shoulder would seem to be tailor-made for Kraken.