The Washington Capitals protection list for the Vegas Golden Knights expansion draft was released via the NHL on Sunday morning. As expected goalie Philipp Grubauer headlines the list of unprotected players. Per NHL Expansion draft rules, the Capitals could protect a maximum of seven forwards, three defenseman, and one goalie or eight skaters and one goalie. Washington elected the former.
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The Capitals protected fowards Nicklas Backstrom, Andre Burakovsky, Lars Eller, Marcus Johansson, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Alex Ovechkin, Tom and Wilson. They also protected defensemen John Carlson, Matt Niskanen, Dmitry Orlov, and goalie Braden Holtby.
As for the unprotected their list included Jay Beagle and Nate Schmidt in addition to Grubauer.
The NHL Expansion Draft for the Golden Knights will have to reveal the list of players chosen to the NHL by 10 a.m. Wednesday. The players selected will be officially released by NHL Wednesday at 8 p.m. during a telecast on NBCSN.
Vegas will select one player from each of the established 30 teams in the NHL. They must select at least 14 forwards, nine defensemen, and three goalies. They also have to reach at least 60 percent of last season’s $73 million salary cap which $43.8 million, as well take at least 20 players under contract for next season.
Last season, Grubauer, 25, started 19 games recording a 13-6-2 record with a 2.04 GPA and a career-best .926 save percentage in a backup role of Holtby. Schmidt, 25, played in 60 games collecting 17 points (3 goals, 14 assists) and was a plus-22 in 15:29 average of ice time per game. Beagle, 31, collected a career-high 30 points (13 goals, 17 assists) in 81 games with a plus-20 rating (career-best) in 13:38 average of ice time.
For the complete list of every team’s protected list click here.