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NHL Waiver Draft Set for Friday

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


NEW YORK (nhl.com) - The 2003-04 NHL Waiver Draft will be held Friday, October 3 at 12:00 PM ET. Below are the key dates and times leading to the Waiver Draft, plus information regarding the Draft format.

Key Dates and Times:
Tuesday, Sept. 30
2:00 PM ET: Trading freeze in effect until the conclusion of the Waiver Draft.
4:00 PM ET: Deadline for each club to submit 18-skater, two-goaltender Protected List.

Wednesday, Oct. 1
TBD: NHL Communications Department releases clubs' lists of protected and available players, once all lists have been approved by the League.

Friday, Oct. 3
12:00 PM ET: NHL Waiver Draft held via conference call. Results from the draft will be released by the NHL upon its conclusion.


Waiver Draft Rules:
In the first round, non-playoff clubs from the 2002-03 season participate. In the first round, no club may claim from a club in its own division. No club may lose more than three players in the Waiver Draft, unless it chooses to offer more players. Each club's three-player loss limit will increase by the number of draft claims it makes against other clubs. The draft will conclude when a round is completed in which no club makes a claim.

Exemptions:
The number of years a player is exempt from the Waiver Draft is outlined below. The exemption ends once the player has played in the number of NHL games set forth in the applicable column below.


GOALTENDERS
SKATERS
YEARS FROM YEARS FROM
AGE NHL SIGNING GP AGE NHL SIGNING GP
18 6 or 80 18 5 or 160
19 5 or 80 19 4 or 160
20 4 or 80 20 3 or 160
21 4 or 60 21 3 or 80
22 4 or 60 22 3 or 70
23 3 or 60 23 3 or 60
24 2 or 60 24 2 or 60
25+ 1 or - 25+ 1 or -


* "NHL games played" includes all regular-season and playoff games. A skater who plays in 11 or more NHL games as a 18- or 19-year-old will have his exemption reduced from five and four years, respectively, to three years. A goaltender who plays in 11 or more NHL games as an 18- or 19-year-old will have his exemption reduced from six and five years, respectively, to four years.


2003-2004 Waiver Draft Order Of Selection:
First Round
1. Carolina
2. Pittsburgh
3. Columbus
4. Florida
5. Buffalo
6. San Jose
7. Nashville
8. Atlanta
9. Calgary
10. Montreal
11. Phoenix
12. NY Rangers
13. Los Angeles
14. Chicago

Each Subsequent Round
1. Carolina
2. Pittsburgh
3. Columbus
4. Florida
5. Buffalo
6. San Jose
7. Nashville
8. Atlanta
9. Calgary
10. Montreal
11. Phoenix
12. NY Rangers
13. Los Angeles
14. Chicago
15. NY Islanders
16. Boston
17. Edmonton
18. Washington
19. Anaheim
20. Minnesota
21. Toronto
22. St. Louis
23. Vancouver
24. Philadelphia
25. Tampa Bay
26. Colorado
27. Detroit
28. Dallas
29. Ottawa
30. New Jersey
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