The Lightning are our new No. 1 team. Plus, if the enlargement bill of exchange were this summer, here are the participants Seattle would select from each club.
This week, we erudite that the NHL will officially wanted (related term) Seattle as its 32nd franchise, but not until 2021-22. That's plentifulness of time for teams to fix and form their rolls for yet some other enlargement bill of exchange. What if the bill of exchange were this summer, though? For this week's powerfulness rankings -- voted, as always, by ESPN's sheet of experts -- we reasoned which participant mightiness get pizzicato if Seattle got to choose this June, exploitation the same rules as Vegas in 2017.
It's all imaginary, of course. But it's also an absorbing peek into actual roll constructions.
Previous ranking: 2
Here's where beingness one of the deepest teams in the conference presents a problem. With so many gifted participants to protect, of import middle-six guardant such as Tyler Johnson or Alex Killorn mightiness have to be exposed.
Previous ranking: 1
Juuse Saros is expected to be the goalie of the approaching in Nashville. But acknowledgment to Pekka Rinne's length of service (and no-movement clause), the 23-year-old Finn could be the goalie of the much-sooner approaching in Seattle.
Previous ranking: 3
The Leafs are strapped by tough approaching written agreement decisions. Stocked with guardant talent, possibly it's best for a center such as Frederik Gauthier to leave and see what he can do with a larger opportunity.
Previous ranking: 5
Forward depth is still an issue in Colorado, though the Avalanche must part with one of their grinding third-line wingers: Matt Calvert or Matt Nieto. They aren't known as huge point producers, and neither has cracked double-digit points yet.
Previous ranking: 6
Michal Kempny revived his career with the Capitals after beingness an odd man out in Chicago, but he could find himself in a numbers game yet again. Or does pending restricted free-agent Andre Burakovsky get exposed from this deep roll?
Previous ranking: 9
The Jets still have to allocate some big money this summer, which could mean the versatile Mathieu Perreault is on his way out (if only because of his $4.125 million cap hit).
Previous ranking: 4
Buffalo has a ton of young participants not yet signed to bad written agreement s. But the one who mightiness be most attractive to Seattle -- and, unfortunately for the Sabres, available -- is 25-year-old goaltender Linus Ullmark.
Previous ranking: 11
A deep team without no-movement clauses? The Flames could lose either 22-year-old Sam Bennett, a pending RFA, or defenseman Travis Hamonic.
Previous ranking: 7
Over the past two seasons, Charlie Coyle has been struggling to find his game. Being exposed in the enlargement bill of exchange could be the motivation he needs to find confidence again.
Previous ranking: 8
The Sharks lucked out in the 2017 enlargement bill of exchange, losing only third-pairing defenseman David Schlemko. It mightiness be similar this summer, with possibly Justin Braun on his way out.
Previous ranking: 10
These days, Oliver Bjorkstrand is fighting for a third-line winger spot in Columbus. If the enlargement bill of exchange were this summer, he could contend for a larger role with the new team. And hey, we hear the last struggling Blue Jacket to find a new home with an enlargement team did OK for himself ...
Previous ranking: 12
With so many participants on entry-level written agreement s in big roles, the Bruins are well-positioned to save cornerstone contributors. But to protect Torey Krug, the ascending Matt Grzelcyk and the affordable John Moore, it mightiness be blueliner Kevin Miller who gets pizzicato.
Previous ranking: 14
With Ben Bishop's injury issues, the Stars would hate to see their terrific backup goaltender, Anton Khudobin, go. However, Dallas mightiness be forced to do so, acknowledgment, in part, to Bishop's no-movement clause.
Previous ranking: 18
Lucky Vegas, they don't have to give up a participant in the enlargement bill of exchange! They also don't get a cut of the $650 million enlargement fee.
Previous ranking: 20
Anaheim has a pretty obvious list of keepers, and unfortunately, Andrew Cogliano just misses the cut. His middle-class written agreement ($3.25 million per year) is expendable for a team in transition.
Previous ranking: 16
Matthew Peca has a plucky underdog story. The young center mightiness be available, and he mightiness just fit the mold if the Seattle team is trying to replicate Vegas' "Golden Misfit" profile.
Previous ranking: 13
With a pair of no-movement clauses for Marc Staal and Kevin Shattenkirk, the Rangers will have to make tough calls on the blue line. Perhaps Brady Skjei falls so out of favor this season that it culminates with a change of scenery.
Previous ranking: 15
With an abundance of exciting young defensemen, the Canes will likely go for the eight-skater approach and protect most of their blueliners. Just like in the Vegas bill of exchange, Trevor van Riemsdyk could be left vulnerable yet again.
Previous ranking: 17
Leo Komarov, 31, was a very Lou Lamoriello signing this summer. Thanks to his versatility and experience, he would be a good addition for an enlargement team.
Previous ranking: 24
There are lots of ELC-exempt participants on the Coyotes' list, which leaves Seattle scrambling. Perhaps they pick up an expiring written agreement , such as Richard Panik's.
Previous ranking: 19
Despite a lack of depth on the blue line, the Penguins have so many guardant to protect that they mightiness have to part with one of their middle-pairing defensemen: Olli Maatta or Jamie Oleksiak.
Previous ranking: 21
In order to save the top four defensemen (Kris Russell has a no-movement clause), the Oilers will have to expose a young guardant; Drake Caggiula is the pick.
Previous ranking: 28
Our best bet for who mightiness be pizzicato? It's going to be slim pickings, but grinder Luke Glendening is versatile, rounds out the bottom six and comes cheaply, at $1.8 million per season.
Previous ranking: 22
The Flyers made a surprising move and opted to protect Scott Laughton in the previous enlargement bill of exchange. The center mightiness get exposed this time around and could be a smarter option for Seattle than the older Dale Weise.
Previous ranking: 23
Might the Canucks escape the Antoine Roussel written agreement via exposure in the enlargement bill of exchange? We wouldn't rule it out.
Previous ranking: 25
Mirco Mueller was protected last go-around. However, the 23-year-old defenseman could be exposed this time despite his promise, acknowledgment to his pending RFA status.
Previous ranking: 26
All right, Panthers, don't mess this up again. Without Reilly Smith or Jonathan Marchessault-level talents available, the enlargement team could pick up a depth defenseman such as Mark Pysyk.
Previous ranking: 29
Seattle mightiness have to use this as a dead pick and select a participant with an expiring written agreement . Which mightiness be OK, considering Ottawa's overall talent level.
Previous ranking: 27
Artem Anisimov is a center who, increasingly, mightiness benefit from a change of scenery. By exposing him in the enlargement bill of exchange, Chicago could get his $4.55 million written agreement off the books as it continues to transition.
Previous ranking: 30
David Perron again? The guardant doesn't get to finish his third stint with the Blues after the Seattle team remembers how well he fit in as a Golden Misfit (including a career-high 66 points).
Previous ranking: 31
The Kings are a team hamstrung by bad written agreement s. Although they mightiness try to expose someone such as Dustin Brown (34 years old and signed through 2021-22), Alec Martinez could be the one heading north.