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SB Nation / NHL Mock Expansion Draft - Part Four: compile a Panthers "Protected List"

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With the naming of Quebec City and Winnipeg to our "virtual" expansion commitee out of the way, the next vital step is upon us: choosing which Florida Panthers to protect from poaching by our newest league brethren.

When a consensus is reached among Cats fans later in the week, we'll submit our "Protected List" for use during the Expansion Draft to follow soon after. The draft should be a lot of fun to observe, and could prove fascinating to see what type of a market exists - if any - for those Panthers left dangling.

Read on for details...

In essence, make your selections (aka Protected List) and submit them in the comments section. Here's the drill (and big thanks to our pals at Nucks Misconduct for the layman's rundown):

  • Teams can protect either 1 goalie, 5 defensemen and 9 forwards OR 2 goalies, 3 defensemen and 7 forwards.
  • Each team must leave unprotected at least one defenseman who appeared in 40 games last season OR 70 games in the last two seasons combined.
  • Each team must leave unprotected at least two forwards who appeared in 40 games last season OR 70 games in the last two seasons combined.
  • Players who have not played 50 NHL games are automatically exempt.

Florida Panthers Roster

# Pos. DOB W H
Bryan Allen 5 D 8/21/1980 220 6-4
Steve Bernier 0 RW 3/31/1985 216 6-2
Byron Bitz 12 RW 7/21/1984 215 6-5
David Booth 10 LW 11/24/1984 212 6-0
Scott Clemmensen 30 G 7/23/1977 205 6-3
Evgeni Dadonov 63 RW 3/12/1989 178 5-10
Mike Duco 68 LW 7/8/1987 200 5-10
Radek Dvorak 14 RW 3/9/1977 200 6-2
Keaton Ellerby 39 D 11/5/1988 186 6-4
Michael Frolik 67 RW 2/17/1988 185 6-1
Jason Garrison 52 D 11/13/1984 200 6-2
Michael Grabner 0 RW 10/5/1987 170 6-0
Christopher Higgins 0 LW 6/2/1983 205 6-0
Kamil Kreps 28 C 11/18/1984 194 6-2
Dmitry Kulikov 43 D 10/29/1990 183 6-1
Bryan McCabe 24 D 6/8/1975 220 6-2
Rostislav Olesz 85 LW 10/10/1985 214 6-1
Nathan Paetsch 0 D 3/30/1983 198 6-1
Andrew Peters 0 LW 5/5/1980 240 6-4
Tyler Plante 35 G 4/16/1987 191 6-3
Marty Reasoner 0 C 2/26/1977 205 6-1
Steven Reinprecht 27 C 5/7/1976 195 6-0
Cory Stillman 61 LW 12/20/1973 200 6-0
Nick Tarnasky 74 C 11/25/1984 224 6-2
Tomas Vokoun 29 G 7/2/1976 195 6-0
Mike Weaver 0 D 5/2/1978 182 5-9
Stephen Weiss 9 C 4/3/1983 185 5-11
Dennis Wideman 0 D 3/20/1983 196 6-0



And no, Tarnasky and Kreps are not available, while Shawn Matthias should indeed be listed.

A couple of items to keep in mind: contract year info could be of assistance in making a decision (check out CapGeek for that and salary stuff). Obviously, not every player left unprotected will end up being taken, so roll the dice if you so choose (hence my leaving McCabe and Stillman available; chances are slim an expansion club would select them given their salary/upcoming UFA status).

As well, a bundle of these guys haven't yet fullfilled the "50 NHL games" minimum, which makes life a lot easier for us. Lastly, you are not required to utilize the maximum number of players (the Cats aren't exactly stacked to the brim with assets considered untouchable). Onward...

My protected list (and remember, submit your own in the comments; all will be counted):

  • F - Booth
  • F - Dvorak
  • F - Frolik
  • F - Matthias
  • F - Olesz (commence "rigorous" feedback)
  • F - Reinprecht
  • F - Weiss
  • D - Allen
  • D - Kulikov
  • D - Wideman
  • G - Vokoun
  • G - Clemmensen

Let's hear yours, kids...and get 'em in soon.