Tampa Bay Lightning expansion draft protection list: Who should be shielded?

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Tampa Bay Lightning Defensemen

Tampa Bay Lightning, Victor Hedman
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  • Victor Hedman – Swedefense #1; another obvious no-brainer; Hedman’s 56 assists were good enough for fourth in the league last season and his 72 points were a career high; looking past his offensive output, he’s among the league’s Top 3 blue liners (fight me!) based on defensive prowess alone; look for him to get a permanent A in the near future.