The expansion draft process to stock the Seattle Kraken is well underway. Let’s take a look at the Florida Panthers, and the rest of the Atlantic Division’s, protection list.
Protected: Aleksander Barkov (F) Sam Bennett (F) Anthony Duclair (F) Patric Hornqvist (F) Jonathan Huberdeau (F) Mason Marchment (F) Carter Verhaeghe (F) Aaron Ekblad (D) Gustav Forsling (D) MacKenzie Weegar (D) Sergei Bobrovsky (G)
Protected: Patrice Bergeron (F) Charlie Coyle (F) Jake DeBrusk (F) Trent Frederic (F) Brad Marchand (F) David Pastrnak (F) Craig Smith (F) Brandon Carlo (D) Matt Grzelcyk (D) Charlie McAvoy (D) Dan Vladar (G)
Protected: Rasmus Asplund (F) Anders Bjork (F) Jack Eichel (F) Casey Mittelstadt (F) Victor Olofsson (F) Sam Reinhart (F) Tage Thompson (F) Rasmus Dahlin (D) Henri Jokiharju (D) Rasmus Ristolainen (D) Linus Ullmark (G)
Protected: Tyler Bertuzzi (F) Adam Erne (F) Robby Fabbri (F) Dylan Larkin (F) Michael Rasmussen (F) Givani Smith (F) Jakub Vrana (F) Filip Hronek (D) Nick Leddy (D) Gustav Lindstrom (D) Thomas Greiss (G)
Protected: Josh Anderson (F) Joel Armia (F) Jake Evans (F) Brendan Gallagher (F) Jesperi Kotkaniemi (F) Artturi Lehkonen (F) Tyler Toffoli (F) Ben Chiarot (D) Joel Edmundson (D) Jeff Petry (D) Jake Allen (G)
Protected: Drake Batherson (F) Connor Brown (F )Logan Brown (F) Nick Paul (F) Brady Tkachuk (F) Austin Watson (F) Colin White (F) Thomas Chabot (D) Victor Mete (D )Nikita Zaitsev (D) Filip Gustavsson (G)
Protected: Mitchell Marner (F) Auston Matthews (F) William Nylander (F) John Tavares (F) TJ Brodie (D)Justin Holl (D) Jake Muzzin (D) Morgan Rielly (D) Jack Campbell (G)
The Panthers are still expected to lose Chris Driedger to the Kraken. Other at risk players would be Radko Gudas, Frank Vatrano and Noel Acciari.
According to Arizona Coyotes insider Craig Morgan, the Panthers have discussed atrading Anton Stralman to the Desert Dogs.
Don’t know if it will come to fruition, but I am told that the Coyotes have also discussed a trade for Florida RHD Anton Strålman, who has 1 year left on his contract ($5.5M AAV). Included is a signing bonus of $1 million that Florida has already paid.— Craig Morgan (@CraigSMorgan) July 17, 2021