Rangers go with 7 forwards, 3 defense, and 1 goalie as protection list is official
- Forwards: Chris Kreider, Artemity Panarin, Pavel Buchnevich, Mika Zibanejad, Ryan Strome, Filip Chytil, and Kevin Rooney
- Defense: Jacob Trouba, Ryan Lindgren, Libor Hajek
Igor ShesterkinAlex Georgiev (sorry – lack of sleep is catching up to me)
The surprise here is Rooney, since most of us thought he would be exposed. This means that Colin Blackwell, Phil Di Giuseppe, and Julien Gauthier will be left exposed in expansion. They will likely lose Gauthier, but I wouldn’t be shocked if it’s Blackwell.