The Washington Capitals announced their list of protected yesterday. Not too many surprises were on the list. Fan and team favorite T.J. Oshie was protected which is a huge relief for fans. Center Evgeny Kuznetsov was protected after having a rough year with the Capitals that saw him on the Covid-19 last twice.
The big Surprise of the protected list was Trevor van Riemsdyk, who was primarily the Capitals 7th defenseman last season.
Here is the list of Capitals protected players from a Capitals press release.
Forwards (7): Nicklas Backstrom, Lars Eller, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Anthony Mantha, T.J. Oshie, Daniel Sprong, Tom Wilson
Defensemen (3): John Carlson, Dmitry Orlov, Trevor van Riemsdyk
Goaltender (1): Ilya Samsonov
Here is the list of available Capitals players from the same press release.
The Kraken will be able to choose from forwards Nic Dowd, Carl Hagelin, Garnet Hathaway or Conor Sheary, defensemen Brenden Dillon, Nick Jensen, Michal Kempny or Justin Schultz and goaltenders Pheonix Copley and Vitek Vanecek.