In Red Wings Land
The NHL on Sunday released the lists of which players teams protected ahead of Wednesday’s expansion draft, and Wings general manager Steve Yzerman left 2016 first-round pick Dennis Cholowski exposed.
The headline is definitely hyperbolic, and I don’t think that it’s really a good argument, but hey, all the articles are about the expansion draft lists.
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But who were the 20 best players selected?
NHL.com formed a management group of staff writers Tim Campbell, Tom Gulitti and Pete Jensen to pick an all-time team of 12 forwards, six defensemen and two goalies, as well as a coach.
The selections were based on what the players did in their NHL careers after being selected in an expansion draft, with an emphasis on their success with the team that took them.
We’ll know who Seattle takes in a couple days. Until then, here are some of the best players for previous expansion teams, according to NHL.com.