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Seattle Expansion Draft 2.0 - The San Jose Sharks

May 5, 2021, 12:19 PM ET [7 Comments]
Sean Maloughney
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SHARKS PROTECTION LIST

FORWARDS


Rudolfs Balcers
Logan Couture
Ryan Donato
Tomas Hertl
Evander Kane
Kevin Labanc
Timo Meier

DEFENSE

Brent Burns
Erik Karlsson
Marc-Edouard Vlasic

GOALIE

Josef Korenar

EXPOSURE REQUIREMENTS - FORWARD

Dylan Gambrell (RFA - extended)
Patrick Marleau (extended)
Matt Nieto (extended)

EXPOSURE REQUIREMENTS - DEFENSE

Radim Simek

EXPOSURE REQUIREMENTS - GOALIE

Martin Jones

The seven forwards are pretty obvious choices for protection, in my opinion. Then on defense, both Karlsson and Vlasic have no-move clauses, leaving one spot left for Brent Burns to be protected.

The situation in net will be somewhat interesting, however. I think it’s possible the Sharks leave Martin Jones exposed because Seattle is unlikely to take his contract and if they did, it just frees up cap space for the Sharks to go find a different starter. It could be a good move to protect 23-year-old Josef Korenar instead.

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Looking at the Sharks the most intriguing fact will be if the team cannot extend the players that Ben Shelley has laid out. Dylan Gambrell as an RFA will likely be extended but would Marleau sign prior to the Expansion Draft? If not the Sharks run the risk of losing a good forward. I would assume if the Sharks are forced to leave one of these players open, it would likely be Ryan Donato.

Perhaps someone like Radim Simek is selected alternatively with his 2.25 cap hit over the next three seasons. I see very little chance that the Kraken will be going after Martin Jones if left unprotected.

Ultimately the Sharks could get away pretty easily if they are able to lock up a couple forwards to protect. If they are unable to the Sharks could be a team that tries to offer a draft pick to avoid losing the likes of Donato or Balcers.

Who do you think Seattle should select from the Sharks?
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