Oilers Vice Chair Kevin Lowe was asked about the new Las Vegas team, announced by the NHL on Wednesday and his projection of their future success.
“I think it’s going to be a home run. Kudos to the National Hockey League for getting there first,” stated Lowe.
“They’ve got a beautiful building. I toured it back in February — it’s spectacular. Though not quite as nice as ours,” Lowe chuckled. “They’re going to have all the new bells and whistles, which is night.”
Lowe was also asked about the expansion rules surrounding the new team, which include clubs having the option to either protect seven forwards, three defencemen and one goaltender or eight skaters (any combination of defencemen and forwards) and one goaltender.
“They’re coming in under the best conditions ever in terms of expansion,” Lowe continued. “They’re probably going to have a strong team right out of the gate. They’ll have a strong fan base. So that’s a recipe for success.”
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.