The Seattle Kraken will get their probability to pluck gamers off of different NHL rosters within the league’s upcoming enlargement draft later this week. Nonetheless, every staff has been given the possibility to guard a handful of their present gamers that gained’t be eligible to be chosen by the brand new franchise.
The Washington Capitals submitted their full listing on Sunday morning, however there was one notable omission from the 2018 Stanley Cup champions: star ahead Alexander Ovechkin.
Ovechkin, 35, is coming off one of many worst seasons of his profession, however he stays among the finest scorers within the NHL. As a substitute, Washington selected to guard forwards Nicklas Backstrom, Lars Ellers, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Anthony Mantha, T.J. Oshie, Daniel Sprong and Tom Wilson.
Not seeing Ovechkin’s identify on the protected listing got here as an preliminary shock, however there’s a wonderfully good purpose for the choice. The Capitals star left-wing is an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
The Athletic’s Capitals beat reporter Tarik El-Bashir firmly believes that Ovechkin will likely be again in Washington on a brand new deal subsequent season.
“Don’t overlook why Ovechkin, a pending UFA, will not be on this listing. By leaving him off, the Caps have been in a position to shield Sprong. I don’t envision any state of affairs wherein Ovechkin indicators anyplace however Washington,” El-Bashir wrote on Twitter.
Do not forget why Ovechkin, a pending UFA, will not be on this listing. By leaving him off, the Caps have been in a position to shield Sprong. I do not envision any state of affairs wherein Ovechkin indicators anyplace however Washington. #Caps
— Tarik El-Bashir (@Tarik_ElBashir) July 18, 2021
El-Bashir’s report is fairly definitive and indicators that Ovechkin needs to be again in a Capitals jersey quickly sufficient. However, the information of Washington’s protected listing nonetheless drew a blended response from the franchise’s followers.
OVI ?? https://t.co/lshtjX7VlE
— hockey dad (@drugrunner99) July 18, 2021
— Vic (@VicBruni) July 18, 2021
Alexander Ovechkin is unprotected by Washington. However they know he isn’t going anyplace. That is an instance of why Avs followers should not freak out that Landeskog is unprotected too
— Adrian Dater (@adater) July 18, 2021
At this level, the listing of unprotected gamers has been made out there to the Kraken, which might result in some pre-draft motion across the league. In the meantime, Ovechkin will do his finest to signal a brand new deal, most probably with the Capitals, someday this offseason.
The 2021 NHL Growth Draft will happen on Wednesday July 21.