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NHL Expansion Draft: How to Watch

With a 32nd team entering the NHL, the Seattle Kraken are set to select their roster via the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft

by LA Kings @LAKings /

What you need to know ahead of the NHL Expansion Draft:

When: Wednesday, July 21 at 5:00 pm PT

Where: Seattle, Washington

Watch: ESPN2

For the second time in five years, the NHL is holding an expansion draft for a new organization. On December 4, 2018, it was announced that Seattle would become the home of the 32nd team in the NHL. Fast forward to present day and that one time distant addition to the NHL community is now one day away from having a full roster. 

Echoing the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft with the then new Vegas Golden Knights, the Seattle Kraken will also be selecting at least one player from every NHL team (excluding VGK) to build their 2021-22 roster.

The Rules

Every NHL teams is allowed to either protect seven forwards, three defenseman and one goalie or eight skaters (forwards/defenseman) and one goalie. 

* All players with no movement clauses at the time of the draft, and who decline to waive those clauses, must be protected and will be counted toward their team's applicable protection limits.

* All first- and second-year professionals, and all unsigned draft choices, will be exempt from selection and will not be counted toward protection limits.

The Kraken must draft at least: 14 forwards, nine defenseman, three goalies.

Tweet from @espn: The Seattle Kraken are HERE 🚨@emilymkaplan and @wyshynski explain everything you need to know about how the NHL's newest team will be built for their inaugural season:

The Kings Protected/Available Players

Lias Andersson (F), Viktor Arvidsson (F), Dustin Brown (F), Alex Iafallo (F), Adrian Kempe (F), Anze Kopitar (F), Trevor Moore (F), Drew Doughty (D), Matt Roy (D), Sean Walker (D), Calvin Petersen (G)

Andreas Athanasiou (F), Michael Eyssimont (F), Martin Frk (F), Carl Grundstrom (F), Bokondji Imama (F), Brendan Lemieux (F), Blake Lizotte (F), Matt Luff (F), Drake Rymsha (F), Austin Wagner (F), Mark Alt (D), Daniel Brickley (D), Kale Clague (D), Olli Maatta (D), Kurtis MacDermid (D), Jacob Moverare (D), Austin Strand (D),Christian Wolanin (D), Troy Grosenick (G), Jonathan Quick (G)

You can view the more detailed expansion draft rules here.

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