A follow-up on the SB Nation Mock Expansion Draft, here are the Wings that were selected to join the Winnipeg and Quebec teams. We listed our players that we were protecting from the draft in a post last week and here's a quick summary of those left unprotected:
Todd Bertuzzi ($1.937m), Mike Modano ($1.750m), Kris Draper ($1.583m), Patrick Eaves ($0.750m), Drew Miller ($0.650m), Mattias Ritola ($0.516m)
Ruslan Salei ($1.100m)
Joey MacDonald ($0.550m)
Here's the link to the full post of players drafted for the two fake expansion teams. Quebec GM James Mirtle (Globe and Mail) selected D Ruslan Salei with the 43rd pick while Winnipeg GM Gabriel Desjardins (Behind the Net) selected F Drew Miller.
Quebec's first five picks: Barrett Jackman (D, STL), Scott Gomez (F, MON), Ondrej Pavelec (G, ATL), Antti Niemi (G, SJS), Pierre Marc-Brouchard (F, MIN)
Winnipeg's first five picks: Colin White (D, NJ), Josh Harding (G, MIN), Michael Ryder (F, BOS), Radim Vrbata (F, PHX), Roman Hamrlik (D, MON)
JJ and I were talking about it and (although it's all hypothetical and really doesn't matter) we were a bit shocked Bertuzzi or Eaves didn't get picked. I think Bertuzzi didn't get picked because of his age and the baggage he brings where as Miller and Eaves are very similar players. Thoughts?