Then, in 2017, the NHL announced it was considering a Seattle offer with an expansion fee of $650 million, $150 million more than Vegas paid. Instead of building a new arena — something that torpedoed other bids — a group of owners led by majority owner David Bonderman and minority owners Jerry Bruckheimer and David Wright worked with the Oak View Group on a privately funded renovation proposal for Key Arena, the former home of the NBA`s Seattle SuperSonics. to host an NHL team. Seattle followed the same draft rules as the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft, with the provision that Vegas would be exempt from losing a player if he forfeited a share of the Kraken`s expansion fee.  The other 30 teams submitted their lists of protected players on July 17. The teams were able to protect eight skaters and one goaltender or seven forwards, three defencemen and one goaltender. And they had to expose at least two forwards and one defender who were under contract for the 2021/22 season and played together in at least 27 games in the 2020/21 season or more than 54 games in the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons.  Teams also had to suspend a goaltender who is under contract for the 2021-22 season or who would be a restricted free agent in 2021 (with a qualifying offer). Players who made their professional debut in North America during the 2019/20 or 2020/21 seasons could not be selected and these players did not need to be protected from expansion.
All players who have completed two professional seasons or less at the end of the 2020-21 season, as well as any unsigned draft decisions that are on the team`s reserve list, are exempt from the upcoming expansion draft. Expansion Draft Professional seasons use waivers Professional season definition: 11 NHL games are required for players aged 18 and 19, 1 professional game in each professional league (while an NHL contract is signed) for each player aged 20 and over Although the rules of the 2021 expansion draft are identical to those of the 2017 draft, Teams` strategies for approaching the draft will likely be different. It could be difficult for Seattle to replicate all the wheels and actions Las Vegas has done to build a roster that finally reached the Stanley Cup Final in its first season. Among the players that each team presents in the expansion draft, each team must disclose the following minimum requirements: The draft is scheduled for July 21 starting at 8 p.m. ET. ESPN2 will broadcast the event live in the United States, marking the beginning of the network`s new contract with the NHL. Fans in Canada can see who they are losing from their rosters on SN, SN Now and TVA Sports. If you`re not fully up to date, we`ve got you covered, with information on how the franchise was created, details about the expansion draft itself, rules and restrictions for the Kraken and other NHL teams, and information on the types of players who might land in Seattle for the first season. Kaplan: The Golden Knights started their first season with 500-1 odds to win the Stanley Cup, then went to the Stanley Cup Final and rewrote expectations for franchise expansion across all sports. Before Vegas, of the 64 expansion teams in the four major U.S.
sports leagues since 1960, no team set a record for wins in its first season. There are minimum requirements for players exposed in the expansion draft. There must be at least two forwards and one defenseman who are under contract for the 2021-22 season and who played at least 40 games last season or 70 games in the last two seasons; and a goalkeeper who is under contract for the 2021-22 season or who will be a restricted free agent this offseason – provided that this outstanding goalkeeper from West Germany has received his offer of qualification this summer. Given that the NHL`s expansion in Seattle has taken place recently, the discussion around hockey will eventually turn to deadlines for protected lists and potential players that teams want to keep. Here`s a reminder for those interested in how the NHL Expansion Draft rules work and how the NHL`s newest club will succeed. Wyshynski: All 30 teams in the expansion draft can protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie. Or they can protect eight skaters and a goalie. All first- and second-year NHL players, as well as all unsigned draft picks, are exempt from the expansion draft and do not count towards a team`s total protection.
[RELATED: NHL expansion in Seattle approved by Board of Governors | Seattle Expansion FAQS] This year`s expansion draft follows the same rules as the Golden Knights did in 2017. General manager Ron Francis and his team will select one player from every NHL except Vegas. The Golden Knights are exempt from the expansion draft under their franchise agreement. A total of 30 players will be selected, with Kraken selecting at least 14 forwards, nine defenders and three goalkeepers. In addition, all first- and second-year professional skaters (including unsigned draft picks) are not available for selection in Seattle and will not count towards the protected player list. From there, we turn to the incoming franchise.