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Jets Choose to Protect Logan Stanley for Expansion Draft

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Jets Choose to Protect Logan Stanley for Expansion Draft

The Winnipeg Jets have made the ultimate decision to protect 22-year-old defenceman Logan Stanley over fellow blueliner Dylan DeMelo in advance of the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft.

30 of the 31 NHL clubs (Vegas excluded) were required to submit their protected lists of players on Saturday evening as the NHL implemented its trade freeze leading up to the Expansion Draft. Those lists went public on Sunday morning.

Included on Winnipeg’s protected list were:

  • Kyle Connor (F)
  • Andrew Copp (F)
  • Pierre-Luc Dubois (F)
  • Nikolaj Ehlers (F)
  • Adam Lowry (F)
  • Mark Scheifele (F)
  • Blake Wheeler (F)
  • Josh Morrissey (D)
  • Neal Pionk (D)
  • Logan Stanley (D)
  • Connor Hellebuyck (G)

Choosing to protect Andrew Copp over Mason Appleton was a move that clearly indicates the important role Copp has played in shutting down opposing offences with his strong defensive game as a forward. Alongside Appleton, another unprotected forward of note is Jansen Harkins, who couldn’t quite find his place in the Jets’ lineup last season, following what head coach Paul Maurice called a ‘forever call-up’ in 2019-20.

On the blueline, Winnipeg ultimately chose the 6-foot-7, left-side defenceman Logan Stanley to protect, while holding onto Josh Morrissey and Neal Pionk. Leaving Dylan DeMelo exposed means that Morrissey’s partner and well-rounded 27-year-old DeMelo may be snatched up by Seattle. Upon acquisition from Ottawa, Maurice called watching the right-handed shooting DeMelo play as ‘coach’s porn’.

Keep in mind that general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff may have a ‘side deal’ in place with Kraken GM Ron Francis in order for Seattle to select a player not by the name of Mason Appleton or Dylan DeMelo – as was the case for many teams in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft featuring the now fifth-year Vegas Golden Knights.

The full list of Winnipeg Jets players left unprotected in advance of Wednesday’s Expansion Draft is provided below:

  • Mason Appleton (F)
  • Marko Dano (F)
  • Jansen Harkins (F)
  • Trevor Lewis (F)
  • Skyler McKenzie (F)
  • Mathieu Perreault (F)
  • Paul Stastny (F)
  • CJ Suess (F)
  • Nate Thompson (F)
  • Dominic Toninato (F)
  • Nathan Beaulieu (D)
  • Jordie Benn (D)
  • Dylan DeMelo (D)
  • Derek Forbort (D)
  • Luke Green (D)
  • Sami Niku (D)
  • Nelson Nogier (D)
  • Tucker Poolman (D)
  • Mikhail Berdin (G)
  • Laurent Brossoit (G)
  • Eric Comrie (G)
  • Cole Kehler (G)

 

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at carterbrooks1994@gmail.com.

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