The 2021 NHL Expansion Draft gets underway tonight at 6 p.m. MT on Sportsnet One. Here's everything you need to know:
- CLICK HERE to view the Protected and Available Lists from each club.
Regulations for the Seattle Kraken:
- The Kraken must select one player from each presently existing club (except the Vegas Golden Knights) for a total of 30 players.
- The Kraken must select, at least, the following number of players at each position: 14 forwards, nine defencemen and three goaltenders.
- The Kraken must select a minimum of 20 players who are under contract for the 2021-22 season.
- The Kraken must select players with an aggregate Expansion Draft value that is between 60-100 percent of the 2020-21 season's upper limit for the salary cap.
- The Kraken may not buy out any of the players selected in the Expansion Draft earlier than the summer following their first season.
- Clubs had the option of protecting seven forwards, three defencemen and one goaltender OR any combination of eight skaters and one goaltender.
All players who have "No Movement" clauses at the time of the Expansion Draft (and who to decline to waive such clauses) must be protected (and will be counted toward their club's applicable protection limits). Additionally, all first- and second-year professionals, as well as all unsigned draft choices, will be exempt from selection (and will not be counted toward their club's applicable protection limits).
Video: Who made the list?
Player Exposure Requirements:
- One defenceman who is a) under contract in 2021-22 and b) played in 27 or more NHL games the prior season OR played in 54 or more NHL games in the prior two seasons.
- Two forwards who are a) under contract in 2021-22 and b) played in 27 or more NHL games the prior season OR played in 54 or more NHL games in the prior two seasons.
- One goaltender who is under contract in 2021-22 or will be a restricted free agent at the expiration of his current contract immediately prior to 2021-22. If the club elects to make a restricted free agent goaltender available in order to meet this requirement, that goaltender must have received his qualifying offer prior to the submission of the club's protected list.
Players with potential career-ending injuries who have missed more than the previous 41 consecutive games (or who otherwise have been confirmed to have a career-threatening injury) may not be used to satisfy a club's player exposure requirements, unless approval is received from the NHL. Such players also may be deemed exempt from selection by the League.
- The Flames went with the 7-3-1 route, protecting forwards Johnny Gaudreau, Matthew Tkachuk, Sean Monahan, Elias Lindholm, Mikael Backlund, Dillon Dube and Andrew Mangiapane, defencemen Chris Tanev, Noah Hanifin and Rasmus Andersson, and goaltender Jacob Markstrom.
- The 'available' list can be accessed by clicking HERE.