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Rankings From The Bottom Up

from Emily Kaplan of ESPN,

 For this week's power rankings -- voted, as always, by ESPN's panel of experts -- we considered which player might get plucked if Seattle got to choose this June, using the same rules as Vegas in 2017.

It's all imaginary, of course. But it's also an interesting peek into current roster constructions.

31. Los Angeles Kings
Previous ranking: 31

The Kings are a team hamstrung by bad contracts. Although they might try to expose someone such as Dustin Brown (34 years old and signed through 2021-22), Alec Martinez could be the one heading north.

30. St. Louis Blues
Previous ranking: 30

David Perron again? The forward doesn't get to finish his third stint with the Blues after the Seattle team remembers how well he fit in as a Golden Misfit (including a career-high 66 points).

29. Chicago Blackhawks
Previous ranking: 27

Artem Anisimov is a center who, increasingly, might benefit from a change of scenery. By exposing him in the expansion draft, Chicago could get his $4.55 million contract off the books as it continues to transition.

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