Who Will the Leafs Expose in the Expansion Draft? | Leafs Hub
The expansion draft is quickly approaching and for many teams it means scrambling to make sure their top stars are protected from being stolen by Las Vegas. But in Toronto's case, it's almost the opposite. The Leafs are one of a few teams in the odd position where many of their top players are actually exempt from the draft. Rookie sensations like Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner as well as Nikita Zaitsev won't even take up one of Toronto's protection spots, because they'll each only be wrapping up their first NHL season by the time the draft takes place. What this means is the question in Toronto shifts from "who should the Leafs protect?" to "who should the Leafs expose?" Forwards Out of the 13 forwards who have played over 10 games for the Leafs, six are automatically protected, and one will become an unrestricted free agent at the season's end. Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, William Nylander, Zach Hyman, Frederik Gauthier and Nikita Soshnikov are all safe from being selected, while