Plethora of Former Winterhawks Available for NHL Expansion Draft

Portland, Ore. – National Hockey League Clubs were required to release their protected lists on Sunday morning in preparation for the NHL Expansion Draft, which will take place this Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. PT.

The NHL’s newest team, the Seattle Kraken, will select 30 players, one from each NHL team (except Vegas), and there are 14 former Winterhawks available.

Fans can watch the NHL Expansion Draft live on ESPN2 or Sportsnet this Wednesday to see if any Winterhawks will return to the Pacific Northwest for the 2021-22 season.  To view all protected lists, please click here.

List of Former Winterhawks Available for the NHL Expansion Draft

Sven Baertschi – Vancouver Canucks
Kieffer Bellows – New York Islanders
Dennis Cholowski – Detroit Red Wings
Braydon Coburn – New York Islanders
Chase De Leo – Anaheim Ducks
Ryan Johansen – Nashville Predators
Cole Kehler – Winnipeg Jets
Nino Niederreiter – Carolina Hurricanes
Skyler McKenzie – Winnipeg Jets
Nic Petan – Toronto Maple Leafs
Derrick Pouliot – Philadelphia Flyers
Colton Sceviour – Pittsburgh Penguins
Dominic Turgeon – Detroit Red Wings
Tyler Wotherspoon – Philadelphia Flyers

The Portland Winterhawks begin their 46th season of play on October 1 and will host Seattle on October 2 for the team’s home opener.

Season Ticket Memberships and 20-Game Plans are now on sale for the 2021-22 season.  Season Ticket Memberships are the best way to never miss a second of the action, including the same great seat to all 34 Winterhawks games at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.  20-Game Plans allow flexibility while still containing a guaranteed 20 nights of excitement!  To learn more about all available ticketing options, visit

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