lottery awards

anonymous asked:

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.

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anonymous asked:

im like super stupid so can u explain how the nhl draft works plS I DONT UNDERSTAND :(

ahhhh don’t worry! it’s p complicated and i don’t know everything but i’ll do my best to explain the basics

the NHL entry draft is held every year after the conclusion of the postseason, usually in late june. players eligible to be drafted are north american players ages 18-20 and players from outside north america who are at least 18 and have never played in the NHL. each team starts with one pick per round for seven rounds, and the order in which the teams pick is based on team standings during the previous season.

…..but wait, there’s more!

  • the selection order goes like this: 
    • the winner of the draft lottery (one of the fourteen teams who didn’t make the playoffs, selected in a lottery that’s weighted in favor of the ones who sucked the most during the regular season)
      • starting this year (2016) there will be three winners of the draft lottery who will be awarded the first three selections
    • the other thirteen teams who didn’t make the playoffs, in order of how much they sucked during the regular season (the teams that sucked the most get to go first)
    • the teams who didn’t win their division during the regular season, made the playoffs, and didn’t win the stanley cup (again in order of how much they sucked)
    • the teams who won their division during the regular season (you get the idea here)
    • the team that won the stanley cup
  • sometimes a team will get more than one pick in a given round–these are called compensatory picks, and i think they’re mostly awarded in the event that a team is unable to sign a first round pick to a contract within two years of drafting him
    • an example, bc that kinda looks like word soup: if vancouver selects liam burke (an imaginary hockey player) 9th overall in the 2011 draft, and liam decides he doesn’t want to play hockey in vancouver so he refuses to sign a contract with vancouver’s team, then vancouver will get the 9th pick in the second round of the 2013 draft in addition to their regular selection in that round (and everyone picking lower than 8th gets bumped down a spot to make room for vancouver)
  • teams are allowed to trade picks both during and before the draft, and it’s not uncommon to trade picks several years in advance, but selections are made by the team who originally held the pick
    • another example, bc examples are great (this one’s real!): san jose made a trade with boston last summer in which san jose got martin jones, and boston got sean kuraly and san jose’s 2016 first round pick. during the draft this year, the boston bruins will get the 14th overall pick plus the 29th or 30th (depending on whether or not the sharks win the stanley cup), but san jose will make the actual selection before sending whoever they pick to boston
  • NHL clubs hold exclusive bargaining rights with players they’ve selected for two years, unless a player is a college student when drafted or becomes a college student within two years of being drafted
    • if a player is drafted at 18 or 19 while a college student, or is drafted at 18 or 19 and becomes a college student before the two year period following his selection by an NHL team expires, and remains a college student until graduating, the team that drafted him holds the exclusive right to negotiate his contract until august 15th following his college graduation
    • if a player is drafted while a student or becomes a student within two years of being drafted and leaves college before graduating, the team that drafted him retains exclusive negotiating rights until (a) the fourth june 1st following his selection in the draft or (b) 30 days after the NHL central registry receives notice that the player is no longer a student, whichever is later
      • but! if a player leaves college on or after january 1st of his senior year, the team that drafted him holds negotiating rights through august 15th of that year
        • (this is a fairly recent update to the CBA in order to close a loophole that allowed players to be drafted, go to college, play NCAA hockey for four years, then drop out during spring semester of their senior year and become unrestricted free agents with no obligation to the team that drafted them)