Red Wings Protection List Made Public. Mrazek among the names Available for Expansion Draft

Sunday morning the protected list of all 30 NHL teams has been released to the public. The list showed the players who team’s protected from selection and those who were exposed for Vegas to select. There has been much speculation on how the list would turn out for many teams, Detroit was one of them. For almost a year we’ve speculated who could get protected and who would be exposed. Almost every day they’ve changed with certain players, but now Red Wings fans can breathe a little easier today.

list via NHL.com

Protected players
Justin Abdelkader (F)
Andreas Athanasiou (F)
Anthony Mantha (F)
Frans Nielsen (F)
Gustav Nyquist (F)
Tomas Tatar (F)
Henrik Zetterberg (F)
Danny DeKeyser (D)
Mike Green (D)
Nick Jensen (D)
Jimmy Howard (G)

Available players
Louis-Marc Aubry (F)
Mitch Callahan (F)
Colin Campbell (F)
Martin Frk (F)
Luke Glendening (F)
Darren Helm (F)
Drew Miller (F)
Tomas Nosek (F)
Riley Sheahan (F)
Ben Street (F)
Eric Tangradi (F)
Adam Almquist (D)
Jonathan Ericsson (D)
Niklas Kronwall (D)
Brian Lashoff (D)
Dylan McIlrath (D)
Xavier Ouellet (D)
Ryan Sproul (D)
Jared Coreau (G)
Petr Mrazek (G)
Edward Pasquale (G)
Jake Paterson (G)

The list for the most part isn’t as surprising as we thought. From the forward stand point everything was pretty obvious on who to protect from there. Justin Abdelkader being protected also wasn’t very shocking although you could expose him and protect Sheahan to force Vegas to take a bad contract off Detroit’s hand. Riley Sheahan was bound to be exposed after his rough 2016-2017 season where he didn’t score a goal until the last game of the season. Darren Helm and Luke Glendenning was among those who were also exposed as well.

On defense Mike Green and Danny Dekeyser were protected to no surprise as well, which left Detroit to choose between their young defenseman Nick Jensen, Ryan Sproul, and Xavier Ouellet. The Red Wings went with Jensen, leaving Sproul and Ouellet to be exposed for Vegas to take. Niklas Kronwall and Jonathan Ericsson were also exposed for selection; however it’s doubtful that Vegas will select the two defensemen. It doesn’t mean they can’t be dealt moving forward.

The big shock came from the Wings protecting Jimmy Howard over Petr Mrazek which leaves a lot of questions right now. Petr Mrazek is 25 years old and has one year remaining on his contract where he’s slated to make $4 million. Blashill called Mrazek their number 1 goaltender, however Mrazek has really struggled in 2016 as well as this past season. Jimmy Howard on the other hand has played really well and had an outstanding performance during the World Championships. Downside with Howard is his contract and age. Howard has two years left on his contract that has a cap hit of a little over $5 Million and is 33 years old.

 

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Petr Mrazek will be available for the Vegas Golden Knights to select, unless Ken Holland has a deal in place with Vegas.

 

This move could mean a few things. Either Detroit isn’t sold on Mrazek or maybe they’re doing it as a wakeup call. There’s also the possibility that Holland has a deal in place with Vegas that will allow Detroit to hold on to Mrazek. This is something that we’ve been hearing that other teams will likely do to keep players that they didn’t expose. While Holland stated that he won’t make any pre expansion deals with Vegas, he also stated that he has had multiple conversations with Vegas GM George McPhee. So there’s a possibility that Holland has an idea on what McPhee will do.

You can say that exposing Mrazek has opened up the potential for teams who need a goalie to mention him in trade talks moving forward.

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