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Who Your Favorite Team Should Protect (But Won't): Dallas Stars

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 Dallas Stars:

Protect (7-3-1): Jamie Benn, Jason Dickinson, Denis Gurianov, Roope Hintz, Joe Pavelski, Alex Radulov, Tyler Seguin, Miro Heiskanen, John Klingberg, Esa Lindell, Anton Khudobin

Exempt: Ty Dellandrea, Rhett Gardner, Joel Kiviranta, Jason Robertson

UFA: Andrew Cogliano, Justin Dowling, Jamie Oleksiak, Sami Vatanen

Expose: Nick Caamano, Blake Comeau, Joel L'Esperance, Radek Faksa, Joel Hanley, Tanner Kero, Andrej Sekera, Ben Bishop (NMC-Waived)

The final forward protection spot came down to Dickinson, Faksa, and Comeau. While Faksa and Comeau have been anchors of the Stars' primary shutdown line, Dickinson's Projected Goal Differential Value is much higher.

The defense is straightforward, with Hanley making a case to be protected in place of Lindell, except for the major disparity in their role and usage. For those reasons, Lindell claims the spot.

With Bishop waiving his no-movement clause, Khudobin slides into the protected slot. Bishop should carry some value to Seattle or wherever he lands, should he remain healthy.

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