Wild announce protected list for Expansion Draft

This Wednesday the Minnesota Wild, along with every NHL team outside of the Golden Knights, will have to release players to the Kraken.

Teams are allowed to protect skaters from the Seattle Expansion Draft, and at least 11 are locked in to stick around Minnesota.

The team announced Sunday they’ve saved seven forwards, three defensemen, and goaltender Cam Talbot.

Those saved include defensemen Jonas Brodin, Matt Dumba, and Jared Spurgeon, and forwards Joel Eriksson Ek, Kevin Fiala, Marcus Foligno, Jordan Greenway, Ryan Hartman, Nico Sturm, and Mats Zuccarello.

This leaves former University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) men’s hockey standout, defenseman Carson Soucy exposed.

First and second year professionals plus unsigned draftees are exempt from selection.

The Kraken must select one skater from each team except Vegas for a total of 30 players.

The Expansion Draft is set to take place July 21st at 7pm. For more information, click here.

Additionally on Sunday the Wild announced they’ve signed forward Joseph Cramarossa to a two-year, two-way contract. He spent part of last season with the Iowa Wild.