It's like a fantasy draft with rules!!
Figured we could use our own thread on the topic.
It's generally assumed that the Blues will go the seven forwards, three defensemen and 1 goaltender route.
There's also some safe assumptions on who the Blues will protect. The Blues do not have anyone under a no movement clause in their contract so are not required to protect anyone. (As far as I've researched, the rules are clear only no "movement" clause contracts are required to be exempted, not no "trade" clause contracts).Exempt
Zach SanfordProtected Forwards
(2 slots remaining)Protected Defensemen
Joel EdmunsonProtected Goaltender
Jake AllenExposed Forwards
(2 remaining to protect)
Ty RattieExposed Defensemen
Petterri LindbohmExposed Goaltender
Obviously, the only debate this team (thankfully) has is what to do about the forwards group. Personally, I'm protecting Vladimir Sobotka and David Perron. For a team dying for some more offense losing Perron could disproportionately hurt. I'd hate to lose Ryan Reaves too but I don't think Vegas would select him.
I'm terrified Armstrong is going to be a moron and leave Sobotka exposed. God I hope not.
Most predictions I've seen think Vegas is selecting either of Yakupov (high risk flier) or Dmitri Jaskin (more ice time, give him a legitimate chance).
I'm fine with either of those.