Lots of Former Caps on the Available List

Now that the NHL has released the complete list of players who will be protected from the expansion draft, we can also see who is up for grabs. We were a bit surprised by the number of former Washington Capitals’ players on the availbe list and equally surprised to see some who were protected.

Here are some of the notable former Caps players up for grabs should general manager George McPhee (GMGM) decide to rely on some picks from his past:

Jeff Schultz – Ducks
Troy Brouwer – Flames
Michael Latta – Blackhawks
Cody Eakin – Stars
Justin Peters – Stars
Matt Hendricks – Oilers
Jaromir Jagr – Panthers
Mike Ribeiro – Predators
Jason Chimera – Islanders
Jaoslav Halak – Islanders
Michal Neuvirth – Flyers
Joe Ward – Sharks
Eric Fehr – Maple Leafs
Brooks Laich – Maple Leafs
Steve Oleksy – Maple Leafs

Latta, Eakin, and Olesky are among the youngest players on that list. Latta has been playing in the AHL for the past season, with some pretty good success. Eakin’s performance took a bit of a dive last season with only 12 points compared to an average of 36 points the previous three seasons. Olesky also spent last season back in the AHL. He has been a pretty solid player in the AHL but hasn’t made a full-time NHL roster yet.

And those protected:

Semyon Varlamov – Avalanche
Mike Green – Red Wings
Filip Forsberg – Predators
Connor Carrick – Maple Leafs
Mathieu Perreault – Jets

We were pretty surprised to see Varly on this list given his history of injuries, including hip surgery in January that ended the 2016/17 season for him. We were equally surprised about Green. His stats haven’t shown much improvement with the Wild, although he has been one of the Wild’s best offensive defensemen. Forsberg is no surprise. We’ll just leave it at that! Same goes for Carrick who looks to have a bright future in the NHL.

GMGM has his work cut out for him over the next couple of days. With the complete lists of available players out now, he certainly has a wide range of talented players from which to pick. And then there is the negotiating for future first round spots in the draft and we all remember what a pro his is a negotiating.

And in case you were wondering – here is the complete list of protected and available players for the Caps.

Protected players
Nicklas Backstrom (F)
Andre Burakovsky (F)
Lars Eller (F)
Marcus Johansson (F)
Evgeny Kuznetsov (F)
Alex Ovechkin (F)
Tom Wilson (F)
John Carlson (D)
Matt Niskanen (D)
Dmitry Orlov (D)
Braden Holtby (G)

Available players
Jay Beagle (F)
Chris Bourque (F)
Paul Carey (F)
Brett Connolly (F)
Stanislav Galiev (F)
Tyler Graovac (F)
Garrett Mitchell (F)
Liam O’Brien (F)
T.J. Oshie (F)
Zach Sill (F)
Chandler Stephenson (F)
Christian Thomas (F)
Nathan Walker (F)
Justin Williams (F)
Daniel Winnik (F)
Karl Alzner (D)
Taylor Chorney (D)
Cody Corbett (D)
Darren Dietz (D)
Christian Djoos (D)
Tom Gilbert (D)
Aaron Ness (D)
Brooks Orpik (D)
Nate Schmidt (D)
Kevin Shattenkirk (D)
Pheonix Copley (G)
Philipp Grubauer (G)

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