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Who the Chicago Blackhawks will protect against Seattle Kraken

Chicago Blackhawks, Brent Seabrook, Patrick Kane (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports)
Chicago Blackhawks, Brent Seabrook, Patrick Kane (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Chicago Blackhawks, Brent Seabrook, Patrick Kane
Chicago Blackhawks, Brent Seabrook, Patrick Kane (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports) /

When the NHL season concludes in 2021 the Chicago Blackhawks are going to be faced with an expansion draft that will shake up their roster.

When the Vegas Golden Knights entered the NHL a few years back they took a player from the Chicago Blackhawks. The ‘Hawks protected a number of players on their roster but were forced to part ways with Trevor van Riemsdyk in the 2017 offseason.

While van Riemsdyk was not a central piece of the ‘Hawks, it did hurt the Blackhawks depth a little. So who are the Blackhawks going to protect and who will they lose this time around?

It is important to note that there are two different systems teams could use when it comes to the expansion draft. The Blackhawks could choose to save eight skaters and a goalie, or seven forwards three defensemen, and a goalie. This will become a strategic game to watch around the NHL as teams try to decide which position they are best at and which players to expose.

‘Luckily’ for teams like the Blackhawks, the decision is made easier by requiring teams to protect players with no-movement clauses. This means that players like Keith Seabrook Toews and Kane are going to have to be protected unless they choose to waive their no-movement clause.

It is under a year out till the expansion draft, and we probably are going to drop in with some different mock protection lists throughout the season as the roster changes, but as of right now here is who is safe during the expansion draft.

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