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2021 NHL Expansion Draft

When is the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft?

Date:Wed., July 21
Time:8 p.m. ET

Two days before the next generation of NHL stars are selected, general manager Ron Francis, head coach Dave Hakstol and staff will select 30 guys to fill their roster. The draft will be held live in Seattle.

What channel is the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft on?

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

The draft is scheduled for July 21 beginning at 8 p.m. ET. ESPN 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 lose from their teams’ roster on SN1.

2021 NHL Expansion Draft rules? 

The 2021 NHL expansion draft is following the same rules as the ones the Golden Knights had in 2017.

Check below the breakdown.

For the 30 NHL teams:

  • They can protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie OR eight skaters (any combination of forwards and defensemen) and one goalie. 
  • Players that do not need to be protected and cannot be selected: first- and second-year players and unsigned draft picks.
  • Any player that has a no-movement clause must be protected. Players can waive it and will then be left unprotected. As of July 15, the Avalanche’s Erik Johnsonthe Flames’ Milan LucicSabres’ Jeff Skinner and the Stars Ben Bishop have reportedly waived theirs. 
  • One of the exposed defensemen and two forwards must not only be under contract in 2021-22 but must have played in 27 or more games in 2021 OR played in 54 or more NHL games between 2019-20.
  • An exposed goaltender must be under contract in 2021-22 or is a pending restricted free agent.
  • Players on long-term injured reserve, and with potential career-ending injuries who have missed more than the previous 41 consecutive games (or who otherwise have been confirmed to have a career-threatening injury) cannot be protected and may also be exempt from being picked.

For the Kraken:

  • They must select 30 players — at least 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goaltenders.
  • At least 20 of those players must be under contract for 2021-22 and have a value between 60 and 100 percent of the upper limit ($81.5 million) of the salary cap.
  • A player selected cannot be bought out until next summer.

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