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2017 NHL expansion draft: Toronto Maple Leafs protected players

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Today the list of players the Toronto Maple Leafs will not be exposing in the 2017 expansion draft was released. Before we get to them, let’s make sure we know which players were protected from the draft because they hadn’t played enough NHL seasons.

Players exempt from expansion draft

PLAYER AGE POS CAP HIT EXPIRY
PLAYER AGE POS CAP HIT EXPIRY
Nathan Horton 32 RW $5,300,000 UFA (2020)
Auston Matthews 19 C $925,000 RFA (2019)
Carl Grundstrom 19 LW $925,000 RFA (2020)
Trevor Moore 22 LW $925,000 RFA (2019)
Miro Aaltonen 24 C $925,000 RFA (2018)
Mitch Marner 20 C $894,167 RFA (2019)
William Nylander 21 C $894,167 RFA (2018)
Frederik Gauthier 22 C $863,333 RFA (2018)
Kasperi Kapanen 20 RW $863,333 RFA (2019)
Jeremy Bracco 20 RW $842,500 RFA (2020)
Andreas Johnson 22 LW $750,833 RFA (2018)
Nikita Soshnikov 23 RW $736,667 RFA (2018)
Tobias Lindstrom 21 LW $693,333 RFA (2018)
Dmytro Timashov 20 LW $693,333 RFA (2020)
Sergeri Kalinen 26 RW $800,000 RFA (2017)
Zach Hyman 25 C $900,000 RFA (2017)
Nikita Zaitsev 25 D $4,500,000 UFA (2024)
Calle Rosen 23 D $925,000 RFA (2019)
Andreas Borgman 22 D $925,000 RFA (2019)
Travis Dermott 20 D $863,333 RFA (2020)
Rinat Valiev 22 D $778,333 RFA (2018)
Andrew Nielsen 20 D $697,500 RFA (2020)
Justin Holl 25 D $742,500 RFA (2017)
Ksimir Kasiksuo 23 G $925,000 RFA (2018)

So you can see it’s at least half the Leafs line up, which, go Maple Leafs.

Now, for the big reveal. Here are the players the Toronto Maple Leafs put on their protection list. Hands off Vegas!

Protected players

Player Age Position Cap Hit Contract
Player Age Position Cap Hit Contract
Nazem Kadri 26 C $4,500,000 UFA (2022)
James Van Riemsdyk 28 LW $4,250,000 UFA (2018)
Tyler Bozak 31 C $4,200,000 UFA (2018)
Leo Komarov 30 C $2,950,000 UFA (2018)
Matt Martin 28 LW $2,500,000 UFA (2020)
Connor Brown 23 RW $686,667 RFA (2017)
Josh Leivo 24 LW $612,500 RFA (2018)
Morgan Rielly 23 D $5,000,000 UFA (2022)
Jake Gardiner 26 D $4,050,000 UFA (2019)
Connor Carrick 23 D $750,000 RFA (2018)
Frederik Andersen 27 G $5,000,000 UFA (2021)

There you go Leafs fans. Which of these players would you have exposed?

Let us know, and you can check out the list of exposed players here.

Poll

Who on this list would you have exposed?

This poll is closed

  • 2%
    Nazem Kadri
    (54 votes)
  • 1%
    James van Riemsdyk
    (32 votes)
  • 3%
    Tyler Bozak
    (74 votes)
  • 3%
    Leo Komarov
    (66 votes)
  • 54%
    Matt Martin
    (1039 votes)
  • 18%
    Josh Leivo
    (352 votes)
  • 1%
    Connor Brown
    (22 votes)
  • 8%
    Connor Carrick
    (168 votes)
  • 0%
    Morgan Rielly
    (10 votes)
  • 3%
    Jake Gardiner
    (59 votes)
  • 1%
    Frederik Andersen
    (34 votes)
1910 votes total Vote Now