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Sharks' list of protected players for Kraken expansion draft

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With the expansion draft for the NHL's 32nd franchise coming up on Wednesday, the Sharks have released their official list of protected players the Seattle Kraken won't be able to select from.

Protected

Rudolfs Balcers (F)

Logan Couture (F)

Jonathan Dahlen (F)

Tomas Hertl (F)

Evander Kane (F)

Kevin Labanc (F)

Timo Meier (F)

Brent Burns (D)

Erik Karlsson (D)

Marc-Edouard Vlasic (D)

Adin Hill (G)

The Sharks' list includes the organization's newest acquisition, Adin Hill, who was brought to San Jose in a trade Saturday along with a 2022 seventh-round draft pick in exchange for Josef Korenar and a second-round draft choice.

Those 11 players will not be among the pool of potential draftees for the Kraken, but the Sharks did expose these 15 guys as a result.

Ryan Donato (F)

Kurtis Gabriel (F)

Dylan Gambrell (F)

Jayden Halbgewachs (F)

Maxim Letunov (F)

Patrick Marleau (F)

Matt Nieto (F)

Marcus Sorensen (F)

Alexander True (F)

Christian Jaros (D)

Nicolas Meloche (D)

Jacob Middleton (D)

Greg Pateryn (D)

Radim Simek (D)

Martin Jones (G)

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In the last NHL expansion draft back in 2017 for the Sharks' now rival Vegas Golden Knights, the Sharks also protected Couture, Hertl, Burns, and Vlasic.

David Schlemko was the lone Sharks player to be selected in the last expansion draft, but he was promptly traded by the Golden Knights just a few days later.

We'll see how many, or if any Sharks wind up being selected to join the Kraken in Seattle on Wednesday night at 5 p.m. PT on ESPN2.