I have no concept how how drafts work in any sports realm and the whole expansion team concept is new to a lot of ppl but like can the new team just like take any players they want (that aren't exempt or 'saved') even players still under contracts with their current team???? (Why does sport have to be confusing)
Hi hello! I’m so so sorry this took me so long to respond to, but real life has been chaos lately. anyway, i’m gonna put most of the explanation under the cut bc it’s gonna be long.
A lot of this language was taken from the nhl website and either edited or explained. i’m not an expert, but i hope this is still helpful. Capfriendly is also a great website to check out, and if you’re feeling wild, they have an expansion draft tool you can play around with (x). Another good resource is this article from puck prose, especially the speculation on how Restricted Free Agents (RFAs) play into this whole Thing (x).
Also, all the players I used as examples either meet or are expected to meet eligibility requirements for the expansion draft based on the info available to the public. I tried as best I could, but I only know so much.
Remember, this is based on what we know right now. Trades could happen. Players could waive their no move clauses. Right now, a lot of this is guesswok.
The Las Vegas team must select the following number of players at each position: 14 forwards, 9 defensemen and 3 goaltenders.
Essentially, teams have 2 options in terms of who to protect from the draft:
a) Seven forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender
b) Eight skaters (forwards/defensemen) and one goaltender
The Vegas team has to select at least 1 player from each of the 30 teams in the league. It also has to select at least 20 players who are under contract for the 2017-18 season (instead of rookies coming into their draft year now like Nolan Patrick and Nico Hischier)
The Las Vegas franchise must select players with an aggregate Expansion Draft value that is between 60-100% of the prior season’s upper limit for the salary cap. This is salary stuff that could be a whole different post, so i won’t get into that.
* The Las Vegas franchise may not buy out any of the players selected in the Expansion Draft earlier than the summer following its first season. Any player Vegas drafts from an existing team has to be on their roster for at least a season.
When is this all happening, actually?
The 30 NHL Clubs must submit their Protection List by 5:00 P.M. ET on Saturday, June 17, 2017. The Las Vegas team must submit their Expansion Draft Selections by 5:00 P.M. ET on June 20 and the announcement of their selections will be released on made on June 21.