We are updating our Expansion Draft protected lists and Seattle Kraken watchlists all week. Monday we went through the Scotia North Division, and today we step through the Honda West Division.

Anaheim Ducks

Ducks Protected List


Max Jones was a player who had a chance to earn protection but hasn’t been productive and was recently demoted to the taxi squad. Isac Lundestrom was recalled from the taxi squad and has two goals in his first eight games this season. – Andy (original post here)

Arizona Coyotes

Coyotes Protected List


The battle for the seventh protected forward spot in Arizona is being won by Tyler Pitlick who has outperformed Christian Fischer to start the season. – Andy (original post here)

Colorado Avalanche

Avalanche Protected List


Vladislav Kamenev has been playing in the KHL, and although he is still eligible for the Expansion Draft, we are dropping him off the watchlist. There could be an argument to bump Tyson Jost off the protected list to make space for Joonas Donskoi, but Jost is younger and has more potential in front of him. – John (original post here)

Los Angeles Kings

Kings Protected List


It is still VERY hard to predict which direction the Kings will go with several of their protection questions. We now think they will change from eight total skaters to a 7-3-1 protection scheme. Carl Grundstrom has shown some high-level skill this season, which moves him onto our protected list. Dustin Brown has 12 points in 13 games, so he can apparently still play and should be watched. Former Seattle Thunderbird Austin Strand is suddenly playing a role, though this would be more of a bet for the future. – Darren (original post here)

Minnesota Wild

Wild Protected List


Something still has to give here. When we wrote the Wild profile, we assumed Matt Dumba would be traded for a center. That hasn’t happened, and such a deal is appearing less likely as the season goes on. We’re now predicting that general manager Bill Guerin gets one of or both of his veteran forwards with no-movement clauses (Zach Parise and/or Mats Zuccarello) to waive their NMC’s so the Wild don’t have to protect them. This would let Minnesota go the route of protecting eight total skaters, and if that happens, they could keep Dumba while still protecting Jordan Greenway and Joel Eriksson Ek. – Darren (original post here)

San Jose Sharks

Sharks Protected List


Maxim Letunov has yet to get in a game this year, while Dylan Gambrell has been getting more responsibilities with the Sharks and Alexander True has four points in his first four games for the San Jose Barracuda, the Sharks AHL affiliate. We will keep Letunov on the list but feel that Gambrell and True are distancing themselves as better candidates. – John (original post here)

St Louis Blues

Blues Protected List


We are removing Jake Walman from the Kraken watchlist. He has only been in three NHL games this season and seems destined to spend a lot of time on the taxi squad this year. Meanwhile, Justin Faulk is putting together a pretty good season so far with five goals in the first 16 games. – John (original post here)

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