The Washington Capitals were one of 30 NHL teams to submit their list of protected players for the Las Vegas expansion draft by 5 p.m. Saturday. The league will release those lists at 10 a.m. today, but according to The Washington Post, here is who Washington chose to exempt from the expansion draft: Forwards Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Andre Burakovsky, Marcus Johansson, Lars Eller and Tom Wilson; defensemen Matt Niskanen, John Carlson and Dmitry Orlov; and goaltender Braden Holtby. Las Vegas will announce its expansion draft selections Wednesday night. The most notable players exposed were defenseman Nate Schmidt, goaltender Philipp Grubauer and forwards Brett Connolly and Jay Beagle. Washington did not protect any of its five pending unrestricted free agents — T.J. Oshie, Justin Williams, Daniel Winnik, Karl Alzner and Kevin Shattenkirk, likely because it doesn't make sense for the Capitals to waste a protection on a player who could hit the open market July 1. Washington can still re-sign any of those players after the expansion draft Wednesday.