SBN Expansion Draft: Minnesota Wild Protected List

Last time the Wild participated in an expansion draft, it was the one plucking has-been's and wanna-be's from the other teams. And the Wild received:

Draftee Previous Team
Jamie McLennan (G)  St. Louis Blues 
Mike Vernon (G)  Florida Panthers 
Chris Terreri (G)  New Jersey Devils 
Sean O'Donnell (D) Los Angeles Kings 
Curtis Leschyshyn (D)  Carolina Hurricanes 
Ladislav Benysek (D)  Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 
Chris Armstrong (D)  San Jose Sharks 
Filip Kuba (D)  Calgary Flames 
Oleg Orekhovsky (D)  Washington Capitals 
Ian Herbers (D)  New York Islanders 
Artem Anisimov (D)  Philadelphia Flyers 
Stacy Roest (c) Detroit Red Wings 
Darryl Laplante (C)  Detroit Red Wings 
Scott Pellerin (LW)  St. Louis Blues 
Jim Dowd (C)  Edmonton Oilers 
Sergei Krivokrasov (RW)  Calgary Flames 
Jeff Nielsen (RW)  Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 
Jeff Odgers (RW)  Colorado Avalanche 
Steve McKenna (F)  Los Angeles Kings 
Michal Bros (F)  San Jose Sharks 
Joe Juneau (C)  Ottawa Senators 
Darby Hendrickson (C)  Vancouver Canucks 
Jeff Daw (C)  Chicago Blackhawks 
Stefan Nilsson (F)  Vancouver Canucks 
Zac Bierk (G)  Tampa Bay Lightning
Cam Stewart (LW)  Florida Panthers 

 

DUDE! Look at those names. Seriously, look at them. If there's one thing that can be certain, it's that the Winnipeg new-Jets and the Quebec new-Nordiques will have a better jump-start than the Wild had, if for no other reason than they don't have Doug Risebrough calling the shots.

The draft will take place today, on Thursday, and the results will be announced next Tuesday, after the Labor Day holiday. Stat-head Gabe Desjardins of Behind The Net is running the new Winnipeg franchise, and will face off against James Mirtle (formerly of From the Rink) of The Globe & Mail is running the new Quebec franchise.

So, who have the Wilderness chosen to protect and risk losing in the 2010 SB Nation Mock NHL Expansion Draft?

Protected:

G: Niklas Backstrom

D: Cam Barker, Brent Burns, Nick Schultz, Greg Zanon

F: Andrew Brunette, Matt Cullen, Cal Clutterbuck, Guillaume Latendresse, Martin Havlat, Mikko Koivu, John Madden

Unprotected:

G: Josh Harding

D: Marek Zidlicky

F: Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Kyle Brodziak, Chuck Kobasew, Antti Miettinen, Eric Nystrom, James Sheppard, Brad Staubitz

Two of our players will be taken in draft today, but we can only lose either one goalie OR one defenseman. Yes, I could have protected more players, but frankly, this gives us the opportunity to potentially lose some bad contracts. Is it likely? Not really, but I'll take a shot.

Who do you hope they pick? What would you have done differently?

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