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The Oilers’ Protected List for the Expansion Draft

After months of guessing, the 30 NHL teams have finally released their protected lists for the NHL expansion draft that’s coming up on June 21st.  Who did the Oilers protect? Who could be landing in Las Vegas? I have the answers. 

With the Golden Knights set to pick a player from every team in the league, there were countless mock drafts and articles written about who teams would protect and what kind of roster activity would happen leading up to the Draft. Now that the lists are out, taking swings at who does or doesn’t make the cut will give hockey fans plenty more rope to speculate on who will get taken by Vegas and what their team might look like* come Wednesday.

The Oilers went with the 7-3-1 strategy that was almost expected considering the shelves are stocked with forwards as compared to what’s happening on the backend where some of the important pieces are exempt. Frankly, the Oilers are lucky that players like McDavid, Nurse, Caggiula, Benning, Slepyshev, and Puljujarvi are exempt from this draft because that found money allowed them to keep a sizeable portion of their depth chart away from Vegas’ grubby little hands. My point is that this round of expansion came at a solid time for the Oilers and we should be thankful for that. Got it? Of course you do.

Who will feel the relief of protection? Who will feel the crippling sense of rejection by their NHL clubs?

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My friends, the official list:


  • Leon Draisaitl
  • Jordan Eberle
  • Zack Kassian
  • Mark Letestu
  • Milan Lucic
  • Patrick Maroon
  • Ryan Nugent-Hopkins


  • Oscar Klefbom
  • Adam Larsson
  • Andrej Sekera


  • Cam Talbot

Who’s Available?

  • Laurent Brossoit
  • Mark Fayne
  • Jujhar Khaira
  • Iiro Pakarinen
  • Tyler Pitlick
  • Benoit Pouliot
  • Griffin Reinhart


Now that you’ve seen the official list, I want to know what you think about who made the cut and who was worth the gamble of being left exposed. Do you think there’s anyone they missed? Is there someone that got protected that shouldn’t have been? Is there any chance on Gord’s green earth that Benoit Pouliot gets taken? Say your piece, Nation.

*They’ll be terrible

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  • rivid

    The whole list of players are not here, come on guys get it right….
    Go to sportsnet or tsn to see the full list of unprotected oilers because apparently bagged milk can’t get it right….

    • wiseguy

      Does it matter if irrelevant players that will never get picked are on the expanded list? What odds would you need to bet that one of the unlisted players will get picked by LV off the Oilers?

      • rivid

        Actually it matters to me, l wanted to know who all the players were. If you were not interested in the irrelevant, good on you.l was, that’s why l was disappointed they did not put the whole list there.

        • Oilerchild77

          You should always go to Sportsnet or TSN for more specific stuff. But we fans here at the nation only care sbout relevant players of actual consequence.

        • wiseguy

          But you clearly had seen the other lists.
          Being interested in the irrelevant is up to you but you shouldn’t expect everyone to supply you with the irrelevance. That’s too easy. Wanting irrelevant information should be hard work, otherwise that information would not be considered irrelevant. It would only be slightly obscure but definitely not irrelevant.

  • madjam

    Final lists are in and here is my guess as to club Vegas might have : My list leaves plenty of space for Vegas to win bid on Oshie and of course have to add Shipachev at 4M to cap hit . My team currently sits at 57.827M with 15.1M cap space . Add 4M for Shipachev and possibly an additional 3M for Oshie = 64.827M . Here are my selections :
    Nelson , Shipachev , Oshie
    Perron, Lewis , Neal
    Boucher , Sheahan ,Grabner
    Rychel ,Karlsson , Stempniak
    Khaira , Marchessault , Chiasson
    Extra centers Grigorenko , Dano and Burmistrov .

    Defence total of ten . Dumba , Dillon, McQuaid , Manson ,Hamhuis , Merrill , Van Riemsdyke , with extras J.Falk , Dotchin , and F.Claesson .
    Goalies are 3 : Fleury , Neuvirth and Montoya .