Predators forward Calle Jarnkrok has reportedly been protected.
Saturday was a huge day in regards to the NHL Expansion Draft and the Vegas Golden Knights. Thirty teams around the league had to submit their protected players list by 4:00 p.m. CST and just like every other team in the NHL, who the Predators were going to protect was a mystery.
Nashville will certainly go the eight skaters and one goaltender option. With Pekka Rinne and Juuse Saros exempt in net, the Preds have a clear-cut seven skaters they will most likely protect: P.K. Subban, Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis, Mattias Ekholm, Filip Forsberg, Viktor Arvidsson and Ryan Johansen. This leaves one spot for two very big pieces to the Predators puzzle in James Neal and Calle Jarnkrok.
According to Adam Vingan of The Tennesseean, the Preds elected to protect Jarnkrok. This isn’t to say for sure that Neal was left unprotected because the rest of the protected players list isn’t known at this time, but on the other hand it could certainly mean No. 18 could be exposed for Vegas’ picking.
Predators forward Calle Jarnkrok was among the players protected by the team when it submitted its expansion draft protection list Saturday, his agent told The Tennessean.
The rest of Nashville’s list is currently unknown and will be publicly released Sunday morning.
Vegas has until 9 a.m. CST on Wednesday to compile their roster, which will be announced that evening during the NHL Awards in Las Vegas. The full list of protected players from each team will be made public at 9:00 a.m. CST on Sunday.
It’s also worth noting that there have been multiple reports indicating General Manager David Poile has been at least trying to strike a deal with the Golden Knights for them to stay away from selecting a player Nashville wants to keep on its roster.