When is the NHL Expansion Draft? Date, time, rules & more for Seattle Kraken team selection


The 2021 NHL offseason is right here and it is already buzzing with exercise. However, earlier than the standard occasions just like the draft and free company start, the NHL’s latest franchise will get, er, Kraken on constructing their roster. 

Yep, the Seattle Kraken is formally official they usually’re right here to steal your favourite group’s participant. Identical to earlier growth years — most not too long ago the Golden Knights in 2017 — the Kraken can be choosing gamers from each group however Vegas.

Here is every part you could know because the NHL’s thirty second franchise begins to take type.

When is the 2021 NHL Growth Draft?

  • Date: Wed., July 21
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET

Two days earlier than the following technology of NHL stars are chosen, normal supervisor Ron Francis, head coach Dave Hakstol and workers will choose 30 guys to fill their roster. The draft can be held stay from Seattle.

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What channel is the 2021 NHL Growth Draft on?

  • TV (U.S.): ESPN2
  • TV (Canada): SN, SN Now, TVA Sports activities

The draft is scheduled for July 21 starting at 8 p.m. ET. ESPN will broadcast the occasion stay in america, marking the start of the community’s new contract with the NHL. Followers in Canada can see who they lose from their groups’ roster on SN1.

What are the 2021 NHL Growth Draft guidelines? 

This yr’s growth draft is following the identical guidelines as those the Golden Knights had in 2017.

Here is the breakdown.

For the 30 NHL groups:

  • They’ll defend seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie OR eight skaters (any mixture of forwards and defensemen) and one goalie. 
  • Gamers that don’t have to be protected and can’t be chosen: first- and second-year gamers and unsigned draft picks.
  • Any participant that has a no-movement clause should be protected. Gamers can waive it and can then be left unprotected. As of July 15, the Avalanche’s Erik Johnson, the Flames’ Milan Lucic, Sabres’ Jeff Skinner and the Stars Ben Bishop have reportedly waived theirs. 
  • One of many uncovered defensemen and two forwards should not solely be beneath contract in 2021-22 however will need to have performed in 27 or extra video games in 2021 OR performed in 54 or extra NHL video games between 2019-20.
  • An uncovered goaltender should be beneath contract in 2021-22 or is a pending restricted free agent.
  • Gamers on long-term injured reserve, and with potential career-ending accidents who’ve missed greater than the earlier 41 consecutive video games (or who in any other case have been confirmed to have a career-threatening harm) can’t be protected and may be exempt from being picked.

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For the Kraken:

  • They need to choose 30 gamers — not less than 14 forwards, 9 defensemen and three goaltenders.
  • At the very least 20 of these gamers should be beneath contract for 2021-22 and have a price between 60 and one hundred pc of the higher restrict ($81.5 million) of the wage cap.
  • A participant chosen can’t be purchased out till subsequent summer time.

Necessary dates earlier than the 2021 NHL Growth Draft

Friday: Deadline for gamers to waive their no-movement clauses.

Saturday: A freeze on commerce, waivers and signings begins at 3 p.m. ET. This runs by way of Thursday at 1 p.m. ET. Groups are additionally required to have their protected lists in by 5 p.m. ET to the NHL and NHLPA.

Sunday: Starting at 10 a.m. ET, the Kraken may have an interview interval for pending UFA/RFAs that had been left unprotected. The protected lists are additionally anticipated to be revealed on Sunday.

Wednesday: The large day! However first, at 10 a.m. ET the Kraken should submit their picks to the NHL and NHLPA.

Why are the Golden Knights exempt?

Solely 30 groups will lose a participant as a result of the Golden Knights, the NHL’s now second-youngest group, is exempt from this yr’s growth draft. Based on ESPN’s Emily Kaplan, it was a deal Vegas proprietor Invoice Foley made with the NHL again in 2016. The crux, they do not get a piece of Seattle’s $650 million growth price.


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