Under the rules of the expansion project, the Canucks were allowed to protect seven forwards, three defensemen and a goaltender. First and second year players and unsigned draft picks were automatically protected.
The list of protected players will come as no surprise to most fans, with the team’s top talent locked in and away from the division’s potential rival.
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Captain Bo Horvat, along with Elias Petterson, Brock Boeser, JT Miller, Tanner Pearson, Tyler Motte, Nate Schmidt, Tyler Myers, Oli Juolevi and goalkeeper Thatcher Demko have all been put on the protected list.
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Some Canucks veterans, however, could be on the chopping block, including Jay Beagle, Antoine Roussel, Loui Erikson and Alex Edler – who confirmed this week he’s pursuing free will.
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Goalkeeper Braden Holtby is also unprotected, as are prospects Kole Lind and Lukas Jasek.
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The Canucks and Kraken will meet for the first time in an exhibition game in Spokane on September 26.
Full list of unprotected Canucks in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft:
- Sven Baertschi (F)
- Justin Bailey (F)
- Jay Beagle (F)
- Travis Boyd (F)
- Louis Eriksson (F)
- Jonas Gadjovich (F)
- Tyler Graovac (F)
- Jayce Hawryluk (A)
- Matthew Highmore (F)
- Lukas Jasek (F)
- Kole Lind (F)
- Zack MacEwen (F)
- Peter Palm (F)
- Antoine Roussel (F)
- Brandon Sutter (F)
- Jimmy Vesey (F)
- Jake Virtanen (F)
- Madison Bowey (D)
- Guillaume Brisebois (D)
- Jalen Chatfield (D)
- Alexandre Edler (D)
- Travis Hamonic (D)
- Brogan Rafferty (D)
- Ashton Sautner (D)
- Josh Teves (D)
- Braden Holtby (G)
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