The NHL is currently overflowing with news as the NHL draft and the expansion draft are about to begin. Buffalo Rumblings, SB Nations’ Buffalo Bills affiliate, gave their, Hypothetical Buffalo Bills “protected players” list. I tried my hand at the Baltimore Ravens roster.
“Each team had the option to protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie, or eight skaters and one goalie. All players with continuing and effective no-movement clauses had to be protected. All first- and second-year professionals are exempt from selection, as are unsigned draft choices.”
Just as Chris Trapasso of Buffalo Rumblings, I’ll only protect 12 players from the 53 man roster.
Automatic protection, two seasons or less in NFL:
(In short, all players from the 2015, 2016 and 2017 NFL Draft. I’m listing the notable names, as to not worry you when I leave of Ronnie Stanley or Tavon Young from the protected players list)
This leaves an awful lot of players left on the board for an expansion team. Big names left off include:
- Za’Darius Smith — He was number 13 on my list. I value Tucker over Smith after his regression last season and the influx of linebackers from the 2017 NFL draft. Kicking in the NFL has changed, and Tucker is the best in the NFL.
- Maxx Williams — Currently, Williams’ status is up-in-the-air. He’s been injured the past two seasons, off-and-on. He shows potential, but it’s about production now.
- Crockett Gillmore — Very similar to Maxx, but Crockett is currently the better tight end. Tough leaving him off the protection list,…
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