• by righthereright
  • June 28, 2018

How “Tampa” approaches the draft of expansion

In the list of players “Tampa”, protected from the draft pick-up, there were almost no surprises. Practically.

As expected, the “Tampa” defended seven forwards, three defenders and one goalkeeper from the choice of “Vegas”. So, among the attackers under protection were Steven Stamkos, Ryan Callahan (their contracts contain a no-movement clause), Nikita Kucherov, Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat, Alex Killorn and Vladislav Namestnikov.

Steven Stamkos

And, if it were not for the exchange of Jonathan Drouin, whom the Tampa probably would have defended, someone from the Killorn-Viceroy couple might not be protected, but there is how it is.

The most difficult decision was to be made on defense players, and www.nhlmockdraft.org/2012-nhl-draft-prospect-profile-scott-laughton/ it [the decision] turned out to be quite interesting. In the end, Victor Hedman (NMC), Anton Stralman and Braydon Coburn were under protection.

This means that “overboard” were promising young defenders of the “lightning” Jake Dotchin and Slater Koekkoek, as well as veterans – Jason Garrison and Andrej Sustr. Now, “Las Vegas” can claim these hockey players by selecting them in the expansion draft. Thus, the protective line “Tampa”, which already needs to be strengthened, can weaken even more.

Braydon Coburn

The decision to defend Coburn does not look so shocking. The 32-year-old Coburn is a solid and experienced defender, who signed a three-year contract for a little more than a year ago for $ 3.7 million. But Jake Dotchin – yesterday’s rookie, selected in the draft 2012, and behind him, he has only 35 games in the NHL. But his appearance in the main part of “Tampa” last season, when he perfectly complemented the pair with Victor Hedman, could create the impression that Jake became a solid player of “lightning”.

Coaches trusted him a lot of playing time, including important shifts and overtime. Dotchin added what was lacking in the defensive order of the team – firmness and endurance. 23-year-old Slater Koekkoek (10th draft pick-2012), still has a lot of potential for growth, although by now he has not been fixed in the first team.

Both Dotchin and Koekkoek will become limited-free agents on July 1. Until June 22, “Las Vegas” has the right to negotiate contracts with unprotected OCA and NSA of other NHL teams, and in case of concluding agreements this will be considered their choice in the expansion draft. But before the fans of the “Tampa” begin to freak out, we will clarify one nuance.

Teams can make various deals with Vegas, which would help them save unprotected players. For example, “Tampa” may well offer its choice for the draft of beginners and some of the prospects, and “Vegas” in return will not choose Dotchin and Koekkoek. General Manager of Golden Knights George McPhee recently even addressed his colleagues with the words: “If you want, we can agree to find a way out of this situation. Every NHL team has a chance to save their roster. ”

Tampa general manager Steve Yzerman said that such deals can be very difficult: “We need to understand what will be such a “fame ” for the future of our players compared to” uncertainty “, and what we can lose. In some moments this makes sense, but in some cases it does not. “