Avalanche not identifying players protected from NHL expansion draft

Avalanche not identifying players protected from NHL expansion draft

Unlike many NHL teams, the Avs on Tuesday declined to identify the players they will protect for the June 21 expansion draft. Each team will lose one player to the Golden Knights, and each team can protect seven forwards, three defensemen and a goaltender; or eight combined forwards/defenseman and a goaltender.

All first- and second-year players — such as Colorado forward Mikko Rantanen and Tyson Jost — as well as all unsigned draft picks, are exempt from selection. Veteran players with a no-movement clauses, such as Avs defensemen Francois Beauchemin and Erik Johnson, must go on his team’s protected list — unless they wave their NMC.

An Avs spokesman Tuesday said the team won’t say if it has asked any of its players to waive their NMC.

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