On Sunday, the NHL unveiled just about every team’s lists of protected gamers for the growth draft, including the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The NHL’s newest franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights, will be choosing one participant from just about every NHL staff on Wednesday, June 21st. The Pittsburgh Penguins, like just about every other NHL staff, experienced to post a listing of gamers they wished to shield from staying preferred by Vegas. Whilst the Penguins will be getting rid of one participant, there are regulations and recommendations which will dictate how the draft performs out.

Enlargement Draft Regulations

There had been two formats a staff could follow when it arrived to shielding gamers. They could choose to shield seven forwards, a few defensemen, and one goaltender, or eight skaters of either placement and a goalie.

If a participant has a No Motion Clause (NMC) in their contract, that participant routinely counts in direction of a team’s protected listing.

There are also regulations in place that forbid Vegas from picking selected gamers:

  • All gamers who have played two seasons or considerably less in a qualified league are exempt
  • Unsigned draft alternatives are exempt

With those polices in thoughts, the Pittsburgh Penguins lists are as follows (For every NHL.com):

Pittsburgh Penguins Shielded Gamers

Sidney Crosby (F)
Patric Hornqvist (F)
Phil Kessel (F)
Evgeni Malkin (F)
Brian Dumoulin (D)
Kris Letang (D)
Olli Maatta (D)
Justin Schultz (D)
Matt Murray (G)

Specified that it is seriously implied that Marc-Andre Fleury is headed to Vegas, the protected lists should not make a difference all that significantly. Interestingly although, the Penguins determined to shield Olli Maatta, who turned a whipping boy for Penguin fans this previous season. Whilst this listing isn’t what we envisioned, it seriously showcases what the Penguins consider to be their main.

By shielding 4 defenseman, the staff could only shield 4 forwards as well (following the eight total skater set up). This signifies men like Bryan Rust and Carl Hagelin had been left uncovered. But a lot more on them beneath.

Pittsburgh Penguins Out there Gamers

Josh Archibald (F)
Nick Bonino (F)
Matt Cullen (F)
Jean-Sebastien Dea (F)
Carl Hagelin (F)
Tom Kuhnhackl (F)
Chris Kunitz (F)
Kevin Porter (F)
Bryan Rust (F)
Tom Sestito (F)
Oskar Sundqvist (F)
Dominik Uher (F)
Garrett Wilson (F)
Scott Wilson (F)
Ian Cole (D)
Frank Corrado (D)
Trevor Daley (D)
Tim Erixon (D)
Cameron Gaunce (D)
Ron Hainsey (D)
Stuart Percy (D)
Derrick Pouliot (D)
Chad Ruhwedel (D)
Mark Streit (D)
David Warsofsky (D)
Marc-Andre Fleury (G)

Detailed earlier mentioned are all the gamers that the Vegas Golden Knights would be able to find at the 2017 Enlargement Draft. As we said before, Fleury publicly waived his no movement clause for Vegas only, so it appears to be like he will be their guy. Fleury is the most completed goaltender out there for the growth draft, so it will make feeling that Vegas would be fascinated in having him.

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Pittsburgh proved that they still have faith in Olli Maatta by shielding him, but this intended a handful of gamers like Bryan Rust, Carl Hagelin, and Ian Cole had been left unprotected. This should not be viewed as a knock in direction of those gamers, but rather a testomony to how really Pittsburgh Penguins’ management thinks of Maatta. He is still youthful, and by shielding him they believe he has area to mature and enhance his recreation.

Pittsburgh Penguins Notable Exempt Gamers

Jake Guentzel (F)
Carter Rowney (F)
Conor Sheary (F)
Tristan Jarry (G)

Amongst some other minor leaguers, these 4 are the most notable gamers that had been “no-no’s” for Vegas to choose.

These gamers haven’t played at minimum two seasons in the league, hence, they are exempt.

Whilst it’s a scarce prevalence, the regulations for the growth draft had been organized exceptionally well. It forced teams to make excellent gamers out there, but still protects selected assets. It would have induced a authentic challenge if Pittsburgh would have experienced to shield a dude like Guentzel, but luckily for us he’s a little bit too green to be uncovered.

Vegas Will Find

Marc-Andre Fleury. It’s appears to be as fantastic a fit as any, an established identify with a few Stanley Cup rings in his back pocket. Not lousy for your franchise’s very first starting up goaltender. And even although he may be a Golden Knight by Wednesday, he will be remembered as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins eternally.

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