What is a protected list in NHL? Teams must protect either seven forwards, three defensemen, and one goalie or eight skaters (forwards and defensemen) plus one goalie. Players with no-move clauses must be protected, though a player can waive it and be unprotected if they choose.
Who did NHL teams protect? 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.
Why is Ovechkin not on protected list? The only team that isn’t losing a player is the Vegas Golden Knights, they are exempt from the expansion draft. Alex Ovechkin was left unprotected because he has yet to sign a contract extension and it is highly unlikely the Kraken take him since they would have to negotiate with him first.
Are NHL protection lists public? Starting at 10 AM ET on Sunday, when the NHL will make the protection lists public, the Kraken will have a window to negotiate with and sign any (un)restricted free agents who are unprotected from their 2020-21 team. Though, if they do, that will count as their pick from that player’s 2020-21 club.