T.J. Oshie among Capitals protected from NHL's Seattle Kraken expansion draft

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Oshie among Caps protected from Seattle expansion draft originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

T.J. Oshie is among the forwards the Capitals chose to protect from the Seattle expansion draft which was revealed on Sunday.

Washington picked the option of protecting seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie. Here are the players protected from the expansion draft.

Forwards: Nicklas Backstrom (no-movement clause), Lars Eller, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Anthony Mantha, T.J. Oshie, Daniel Sprong, Tom Wilson

Defensemen: John Carlson, Dmitry Orlov, Trevor van Riemsdyk

Goalie: Ilya Samsonov

Oshie was speculated as a player the Caps could move on from considering he has four years left on his contract with a $5.75 million cap hit and is 34 years old. He is also a native of Washington state and would instantly become one of the faces of the franchise for the Kraken. Instead, he will remain with Washington.

Not protected was Alex Ovechkin, which is no surprise considering Ovechkin's contract is set to expire and he is a pending UFA. As he wishes to stay in Washington, there is no point in Seattle taking him since he can leave as a free agent later in July. 

The biggest surprise is van Riemsdyk among the players protected. He played in just 20 games last season as a depth defenseman. He was re-signed to a two-year contract in the offseason with a cap hit of $950,000.

That leaves forwards Ovechkin, Carl Hagelin, Garnet Hathaway, Nic Dowd, Conor Sheary, defensemen Brenden Dillon, Justin Schultz, Nick Jensen, Michal Kempny, and goalie Vitek Vanecek among the more notable players from the Capitals organization left exposed to Seattle.

Leaving Schultz exposed is a bit of a surprise after a strong first season for Washington and he now looks like one of the frontrunners to be selected by Seattle. The expansion draft will take place Wednesday with the selected players announced at 8 p.m.