As the Seattle expansion draft nears the horizon, in just two weeks, the Avalanche will be forced to sacrifice a roster player. And whichever way you slice it, Colorado is going to lose a good one.
Before we get into it, let’s quickly go over the rules—just in case it’s not already well-ingrained in your head from the superfluity of Seattle expansion what-ifs scattered across the web.
Here it is: The Avalanche, along with the other 29 NHL teams (remember, Vegas is given a pass on this expansion draft and does not have to sacrifice a player to Seattle), will have two tracks to choose from with regards to protecting a player. Teams can either pick 7 forwards, 3 D-men and 1 goalie to protect, OR they can protect any combination of 8 total forwards and/or defensemen and 1 goalie.