Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Expansion Draft Predictions

Lists of unprotected players

CHV-Borja (DEV)
CLB-Cameron (DEV)
DAL-Pitchkolan (DEV)
LA-Veris (DEV)
NE-Larentowicz (DEV)

Adrian Serioux as a Canadian is a given.
Surprised that Ante Jazic was protected but not him. Clyde Simms seems pretty obvious too. I would also expect them to take a defender, probably either C.J. Brown, Avery John, Mike Petke, or Greg Vanney. Petke seems like a good choice who's a lot cheaper than Vanney (list of salaries). Tim Regan is another one. Johnston likes Buddle a lot, so I'm pretty confident that he'll be selected. His salary isn't that high either. Most if not all of the other picks will be developmental players, for their YI spots. They could also take a cheap backup goalkeeper like Jeff Cassar or Zach Wells.

Why not take a shot at an unsigned player like Nate Jaqua (which is why he's unprotected)? They might as well. Even if he goes to Europe, they get his rights for two years. They could also do that for Kyle Martino. Since they only have 12 of 28 spots for non-Canadians, and they're taking 10 players in this draft, it would seem to be a really good strategy to use a pick or two to do that.

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