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The Pittsburgh Penguins protected list for the expansion draft is as followed:

Protected List

Sidney Crosby
Evgeni Malkin
Jake Guentzel
Bryan Rust
Kasperi Kapanen
Jeff Carter
Teddy Blueger

Key Forwards Exposed: Brandon Tanev, Jason Zucker, Zach Aston-Reese (RFA),

Buzz: The Top-5 was clear cut for months. No. 6 and No. 7 is a different story. Even at his age, Pittsburgh see’s Jeff Carter as part of their core for next season and some say Ron Hextall believes Carter has more hockey left in him than just this season (Don’t be shocked to see Carter agree to a one year extension). The Penguins rationale for protecting Jeff Carter, though, remains to be seen as the chances of Seattle selecting Carter were always thought to be minimal due to Carter’s age and his salary being so low for next season that he would just retire if selected by Seattle.

However, there were certainly some whispers last night that a few contenders in the East had spoken with Seattle about a side Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access" One team that kept coming up was the Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access" the other being the Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"

The Penguins, though, have been led to believe Jason Zucker and Zach-Aston Reese are stronger candidates at the forward position to be selected by Seattle than Tanev. We’ll see………

Protected List

Kris Letang
Brian Dumoulin
Mike Matheson

Key Defensemen Exposed: Marcus Pettersson, Cody Ceci (UFA)

Buzz: It wasn’t just the sixth and seventh forward spots that the organization wavered on until final 48 hours before the protected lost deadline. Who to protect as the third defenseman was not clear cut among the brass but the Penguins at the end of the day settled on Matheson over pending UFA Cody Ceci, a source says. Pittsburgh remains Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"

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Tristan Jarry

Buzz: There are no indications that protecting Casey DeSmith was much of any discussion. With Seattle already having their goaltending targets lined up, exposing Jarry was of little interest to the Penguins.

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