To Clear Things up about the expansion draft
Players who are exempt do not need to be protected in the expansion draft. These include players in their first and second year of professional hockey and unsigned prospects. First and second year professionals include AHL and NHL but no other leagues. For instance the Toronto Maple Leafs will not have to protect: Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, Connor Brown ect. Matt Murray from the Pittsburgh Penguins however will not be exempt because even though he’s an NHL rookie this is 4th professional season. These players cannot be chosen by vegas at all and therefore are exempt from the draft.
Each NHL team is allowed to protect a specific amount of players with two ways to go about this. 1. You can protect 7 forwards, 3 defensemen and 1 goalie or 2. you can protect 8 skaters and 1 goalie. No more than this. There are also players who have to be protected who get mixed up with exempt players. These players count towards your amount of players you need to protect and take up those spaces. Unlike the exempt players who don’t affect the protection lists at all. Players that have to be protected are this way because of No Trade Clauses or No Movement Clauses in their contract. These players can waive these at any time.
There is a strict time schedule for this. By 5pm on June 17th ever NHL team must submit their protected lists. By 5pm on June 20th Vegas must submit their selections. and On June 21st these selections will be released. What’s happening on March 1st is not the actual draft, they cannot trade for any players currently playing and can only trade for draft picks, trade for unsigned draft picks and sign free agents. Vegas has a gauranteed top 6 pick in the first round of the entry draft and the 3rd pick in every other round. They can use these to trade up draft picks ect. But they will not be taking actual NHL or AHL players until June 20th.
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