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Who Your Favorite Team Should Protect (But Won't): Columbus Blue Jackets

In a fun swing of events, has you covered today for all of your expansion draft protection needs. Why today? Well, there are two key deadlines this Saturday afternoon that can affect the entire landscape of the NHL.

The first is a roster freeze at 3pm EST, which prohibits and trades, signings, and player movement ahead of Wednesday's expansion draft. This freeze allows the Seattle Kraken management to zero in on exact targets from each NHL team without any further ambiguity.

The second deadline, of course, is the 5pm EST deadline for all teams to submit their protected player lists. This is the final list of players (either seven forwards, three defensemen, and one goalie, or eight skaters and one goalie) that the Kraken cannot select in Wednesday's draft.

This also, of course, reveals who is exposed to Seattle, who is allow to select one player from each team. It is expected that side deals will by made to allow NHL GM's to protect an extra player or dictate who the Kraken take by giving up an additional asset, so things could get even more interesting.

Ahead of the protection list deadline, we will be revealing what our version of the protection lists should look like for each NHL team, based off of a player's GDV (Goal Differential Value), contract, and aging curves. GDV is a PuckLuck exclusive metric used to measure each player's value on goal differential for each game, allowing us to project each NHL game throughout the year with success.

We will be revealing one team every 15 minutes leading up to the 5pm deadline, so be sure to follow along throughout the day to see what we come up with for your favorite team!

Next up? The Columbus Blue Jackets:

Protect (7-3-1): Cam Atkinson, Oliver Bjorkstrand, Boone Jenner, Eric Robinson, Jack Roslovic, Kole Sherwood, Kevin Stenlund, Vladislav Gavrikov, Seth Jones, Zach Werenski, Joonas Korpisalo

Exempt: Emil Bemstrom, Joshua Dunne, Liam Foudy, Mikko Lehtonen, Andrew Peeke, Alex Texier, Elvis Merzlikins

UFA: Gavin Bayreuther, Zach Dalpe, Michael Del Zotto, Mikhail Grigorenko, Ryan MacInnis, Stefan Matteau

Expose: Gabriel Carlsson, Max Domi, Nathan Gerbe, Scott Harrington, Dean Kukan, Patrik Laine

Sherwood may be the surprise here amongst the forwards, but exposing Domi's contract is probably the right play for a team looking to reshape and revamp its roster.

On defense, the protections should come as no surprise as the Blue Jackets make sure to keep their asset in Seth Jones as they continue to work on a trade for him.

Korpisalo is the simple choice for protection in between the pipes, with Merzlikins exempt.

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