Boston Bruins – Expansion Protection List

By Jacob Wideman
In Headlines
Nov 22nd, 2016


The following rules were approved for the 2017 Expansion Draft:

Protected Lists
* Clubs will have two options for players they wish to protect in the Expansion Draft:

a) Seven forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender

b) Eight skaters (forwards/defensemen) and one goaltender

* All players who have currently effective and continuing “No Movement” clauses at the time of the Expansion Draft (and who to decline to waive such clauses) must be protected (and will be counted toward their club’s applicable protection limits).

* All first and second year professionals, as well as all unsigned draft choices, will be exempt from selection (and will not be counted toward their club’s applicable protection limits). First and second year professional typically means they are in the first two years of their entry-level contract.

Player Exposure Requirements
* All Clubs must meet the following minimum requirements regarding players exposed for selection in the Expansion Draft:

i) One defenseman who is a) under contract in 2017-18 and b) played in 40 or more NHL games the prior season OR played in 70 or more NHL games in the prior two seasons.

ii) Two forwards who are a) under contract in 2017-18 and b) played in 40 or more NHL games the prior season OR played in 70 or more NHL games in the prior two seasons.

iii) One goaltender who is under contract in 2017-18 or will be a restricted free agent at the expiration of his current contract immediately prior to 2017-18. If the club elects to make a restricted free agent goaltender available in order to meet this requirement, that goaltender must have received his qualifying offer prior to the submission of the club’s protected list.

* Players with potential career-ending injuries who have missed more than the previous 60 consecutive games (or who otherwise have been confirmed to have a career-threatening injury) may not be used to satisfy a club’s player exposure requirements, unless approval is received from the NHL. Such players also may be deemed exempt from selection by the League.

With those rules in mind, we created a list of who the Boston Bruins would likely protect if their roster remains as it is today. We will continue to update this list as trades and signings are made so be sure to check back and see how it affected our list. Players with “NMC” beside their name must be included on the list because of the rules given above in relation to No-Movement clauses. The rest of the players chosen are the ones we believe most likely to be protected.


1. David Krejci (NMC)
2. Patrice Bergeron (NMC)
3. David Backes (NMC)
4. Brad Marchand
5. David Pastrnak
6. Ryan Spooner
7. Matt Beleskey


1. Zdeno Chara (NMC)
2. Torey Krug
3. Colin Miller


1. Tuukka Rask


1. Jimmy Hayes*
2. Malcolm Subban*
3. Anton Khudobin*
4. Adam McQuaid*
5. Kevan Miller*
6. Riley Nash*
7. Brian Ferlin
8. Chris Casto
9. Joe Morrow
10. Tim Schaller
11. Tyler Randell
12. Linus Arnesson
*Fits exposure requirements

UFA (2017)

1. Dominic Moore
2. Zac Rinaldo
3. Tommy Cross
4. John-Michael Liles
5. Alex Grant


1. Brandon Carlo
2. Zach Senyshen
3. Jake DeBrusk
4. Danton Heinen
5. Austin Czarnik
6. Frank Vatrano
7. Sean Kuraly
8. Daniel Vladar
9. Noel Acciari
10. Peter Cehlarik
11. Rob O’Gara
12. Jakub Zboril
13. Jeremy Lauzon
14. Matt Grzelcyk
15. Zane McIntyre
16. Colby Cave
17. Colton Hargrove
18. Justin Hickman
19. Anton Blidh


The Bruins are not in bad shape when it comes to exposed players. They can easily protect their core players and don’t have any difficult decisions to make. Neither Hayes or Beleskey have produced much offense to start the season and they could be fighting each other for that last protection spot. On defense, the Bruins could choose McQuaid but it seems more likely they would use their last spot on the younger and cheaper Colin Miller. That would leave McQuaid and Kevan Miller as options for Vegas if they decided to poach a defenseman. They could take a chance on former first round pick Malcolm Subban as a depth goaltending option. Subban has struggled lately but started his pro career with two solid AHL seasons (920SV% and 921 SV%) before declining quickly over the last year. It could be that he just needs a fresh start but with other intriguing goaltending options out there, Subban would likely have to bounce back in a big way this season to warrant a selection by Las Vegas.


Las Vegas selects defenseman Adam McQuaid. Between Kevan Miller and McQuaid, McQuaid has more experience and was a valuable member of the Bruins’ Stanley Cup Championship. Although he has spent his whole career in Boston, it seems likely that he will have to make a fresh start with the NHL’s newest franchise. Don’t be surprised though if Boston comes calling with offers to get McQuaid back at a some point before his contract runs out.

Jacob Wideman (47 Posts)

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