I searched long and hard for another reason to send him back to Finland. . The potential of an expansion draft in the summer of 21. If he plays AHL this year, he will have 3 years of pro experience and will be protected. If he plays NHL or AHL next year, he has 2 years or less and would be exempt. I think the NHL will use the Vegas model. Protected Forwards: Drouin, Domi, Gallagher, Lehkonen, Byron, Armia, Tatar. Hudon, Scherbak, DLR, Peca, Shaw and anybody playing in the AHL starting this year would be exposed. If Kotkaniemi plays pro this year, he has to be protected which exposes Armia or Tatar? Not sure if Tatar would be re-signed. Regardless, another protected spot would be valuable if we didn't have to protect Kotkaniemi. Especially if we sign anybody of value from now till then Protected Defense: Weber, Mete, Juulsen. Reilly, Petry and anybody playing AHL this year would be exposed. Petry would need a new contract however. Protected Goalies: Price. Lindgren would need a new contract but he stands to be exposed.