The Early Seattle Expansion Discussion. With Seattle one vote away from a 2020 expansion, its never too early to start discussing Edmonton's position. Edmonton went into the previous expansion draft in one of the best situations. This time around, there are going to be some very difficult decisions. Assuming the same expansion rules are in place, here’s what we should consider. Who Is Exempt: Bouchard Yamamoto McLeod Benson 2019+2020 picks (very important to hang on to). Troublesome Contracts: Chiarelli has no choice here. For the sake of the team, he needs to find a way to move both of the dmen here. Any of these players that are not moved, will be forced onto our protection list. Lucic Sekera Russell Interesting to note that if this gets pushed back to 2021, we gain having Sekera and Russell off the books, while potentially having to expose Bouchard and Yama if they play Pro past the 9 game mark this season. Assuming the worst, that Chiarelli can’t move any of those contracts, here is what a couple different scenarios look like. All of these have Talbot in place for now as the #1G, assuming a new contract is signed. Protect 7F, 3D, 1G Protected: McDavid Draisaitl Lucic RNH Puljujarvi Khaira Strome Russell Sekera Larsson Talbot Key Players Exposed: Nurse, Klefbom, Bear Protect 8 Skaters, 1 G McDavid Draisaitl Lucic Russell Sekera Nurse Klefbom Larsson Key Players Exposed: RNH, Puljujarvi, Khaira, Strome, Bear Sekera and Russel are going to be incredibly difficult to trade. Any team who makes a deal for them is going to have to put them on their protected rosters. Edmonton might be forced into a situation of trading a 1st round pick to Seattle, to not poach one of our key assets. Maybe as part of the deal, they will take one of those contracts as well. Thoughts?