Blackhawks: Breaking down their protected list for the expansion draft

By Jimmy Lynch
Alex DeBrincat #12, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Connor Murphy #5, Chicago Blackhawks
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Caleb Jones (D)

Like Henrik Borgstrom, Caleb Jones has not played a game in Chicago before. Yet he is on the protection list. Jones is going to get an opportunity to be a critical piece on the blueline in Chicago. Coming to the Blackhawks in a trade that sent Duncan Keith to Edmonton, Jones definitely does have some big skates to fill.

As a young defenseman, Jones has value. Seattle might have considered taking him if the Blackhawks left him exposed.

Connor Murphy (D)

Connor Murphy is the new face of the Blackhawks blue line. With Duncan Keith out of Chicago, Murphy probably will be taking on top minutes throughout most situations on the ice. While he might not be that top offensive defenseman that most teams have, he can be a great shutdown guy.

Murphy will be in Chicago for many years to come, and protecting him during the expansion draft has been a given for a long time now.