Laughton started career hot, but hasn't taken the next step.

Laughton started career hot, but hasn't taken the next step.

Flyers Expansion Available/Protection Lists

Available Flyers

  • Jordan Weal (F)
  • Michael Raffl (F)
  • Matt Read (F)
  • Dale Weise (F)
  • Steve Mason (G)
  • Michal Neuvirth (G)
  • Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (F)
  • Michael Del Zotto (D)
  • Andrew MacDonald (D)
  • Chris VandeVelde (F)
  • Greg Carey (F)
  • Chris Conner (F)
  • Boyd Gordon (F)
  • Taylor Leier (F)
  • Colin McDonald (F)
  • Andy Miele (F)
  • Eric Wellwood (F)
  • Mark Alt (D)
  • TJ Brennan (D)
  • Will O’Neill (D)
  • Jesper Pettersson (D)
  • Nick Schultz (D)

Flyers have protected Scott Laughton, Anthony Stolarz and Brandon Manning (other than the more obvious choices).

Laughton isn’t the best choice to protect, but better him than Pierre-Edouard Bellemare as I expected they would. This leaves Jordan Weal and Michael Raffl in the wind. Weal is among the most likely Flyers to be selected as Las Vegas are free to talk to any upcoming free agents.

Glad to see that the Flyers are exposing MacDonald, Manning didn’t need to be protected, but they had a free slot to use. Might as well protect a 5-6D. A trade for a 3rd D to protect would have been optimal but it didn’t come together yesterday.

Stolarz protected means that Neuvirth is exposed and is now a high probability pick. Just like Weal, Mason could be targeted as an upcoming Free Agent, but it would have to be a kings ransom in salary to get him to go to a rebuilder.

Protected Flyers

  • Claude Giroux (F)
  • Wayne Simmonds (F)
  • Valtteri Filppula (F)
  • Brayden Schenn (F)
  • Sean Couturier (F)
  • Jakub Voracek (F)
  • Scott Laughton (F)
  • Shayne Gostisbehere (D)
  • Radko Gudas (D)
  • Brandon Manning (D)
  • Anthony Stolarz (G)