One season before the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft, it’s time to debate the possible players that the Seattle Kraken will select on each team. While these projections may be early, there is an argument that the players may be available. What options are available from the Anaheim Ducks?
The Anaheim Ducks have free-reign over who they decide to protect in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft. They do not have any players bogged down by no-movement clauses in their contracts. Ryan Getzlaf’s $8.25mil contract will be expiring, and Ryan Kesler’s no-movement clause turns into a no-trade clause.
Since Ryan Getzlaf’s contract will be expiring, there is no reason to protect him. It’s more likely that Getzlaf returns to the Anaheim Ducks after the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft than it is the Seattle Kraken drafting him. Don’t expect to see Getzlaf on this list.
In all likelihood, the Anaheim Ducks will want to keep youth intact and the blue-line together. That will be a common strategy throughout most franchises. Players like Rakell, Terry, Lundestrom, Steel, and Jones will be protected to keep on pace with a young offensive upside. There are still viable young options for the Seattle Kraken to draft, however.
In Anaheim, the goaltenders are safe. Anthony Stolarz will be exposed, but the Seattle Kraken will pass on the offer.
It’s debatable that the best selection for the Seattle Kraken lives within the Anaheim Ducks defense. The Ducks will likely protect Fowler, Lindholm, and Manson. Exposed, with exclamation points, are Shattenkirk, Larsson, and Guhle. That makes this list defense-heavy.
It is worth noting that I will be leaving Maxime Comtois out. For this list, he is not being considered because it seems that he will be exempt in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft. The Anaheim Ducks won’t have to worry about protecting him.
My predictions for the Anaheim Ducks protection list look something like this:
- Jakob Silfverberg
- Rickard Rakell
- Danton Heinen
- Troy Terry
- Isac Lundestrom
- Sam Steel
- Max Jones
- Cam Fowler
- Hampus Lindholm
- Josh Manson
- John Gibson
The Anaheim Ducks have different forward combinations to consider. A lot can change between now and the end of the 2020-2021 NHL season. There is room to debate the exposure of Sonny Milano and Adam Henrique.
All of this said, here are five Anaheim Ducks players that the Seattle Kraken would love to pluck from the pond.