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New Jersey Devils Protect 8 Skaters for Las Vegas Expansion Draft

June 18th, 2017 at 11:53 AM
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John Moore is the fourth defenseman protected on NJ.

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This morning, the NHL released the protection lists for Las Vegas’ expansion draft for all thirty teams. These are the players that cannot be selected by the Las Vegas Golden Knights over the next few days. The NHL helpfully also listed who was left unprotected; those are the players they can select.

After much discussion, we know now what Ray Shero and the New Jersey Devils decided to do. The Devils decided to protect eight skaters and one goalie in this draft. The trade for defenseman Mirco Mueller yesterday did lead to Mueller being one of the eight protected skaters. This is the full list of who was protected:

Forwards (4): Taylor Hall, Adam Henrique, Kyle Palmieri, Travis Zajac

Defensmen (4): Andy Greene, John Moore, Mirco Mueller, Damon Severson

Goalie (1): Cory Schneider

I think the only points of contention here are the the format the Devils chose and John Moore being protected. Let’s touch on the former first. The only other option for protection was the seven forward, three defensemen, and one goalie list. While its arguable the Devils only have three defensemen worth protecting, and one of whom is the guy the Devils just acquired; I’m not seeing seven forwards that needed protection. I like Beau Bennett, but I wouldn’t call him essential. Stefan Noesen may be a useful bottom-six forward like Bennett; likewise, I wouldn’t call him essential either. And I think the Devils should move on from Jacob Josefson anyway. There were four forwards on last year’s team that absolutely need to be …

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Tags: Adam Henrique, After much discussion, Andy Greene, Beau Bennett, Ben Lovejoy, Cory Schneider, Dalton Prout, Damon Severson, Jacob Josefson, John Moore, Jon Merrill, Knights on Ice, Kyle Palmieri, Michael Cammalleri, New Jersey Devils, Stefan Noesen, Taylor Hall, The trade for defenseman Mirco Mueller yesterday, Travis Zajac, When I did a video with Matt Henriques on this very subject

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