Protection lists for the upcoming NHL expansion draft were made public on Sunday. There were no surprises on the Caps list. However, due to the fact that the Caps are likely to lose Nate Schmidt or Philipp Grubauer, not a lot of attention was paid to the forwards the Caps protected. It may be a bit of a moot point since the Caps are all but certain to not lose a forward, but examining the Caps’ decision making process here can still be a useful exercise.
Leading up to the release of the protection list, discussion around Caps land and the league seemed to assume the Caps would protect Tom Wilson. And they did. But there’s a reasonable argument to be made that the Caps should have protected Brett Connolly instead.
WinnersView released a video on this topic in the days leading up to the submission of protection lists.
WinnersView makes a compelling argument in favor of protecting Connolly over Wilson.
However, there’s also evidence to support the Caps’ decision to protect Wilson.
There’s reasonable arguments to be made for protecting either player. And, in the end the Caps are unlikely to lose a forward in the expansion draft anyways. But, a closer look shows that the Caps may have protected the wrong forward.
What do you guys think? Which player would you rather the Caps protect?
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