The 2021 NHL offseason is right here and it is already buzzing with exercise. However, earlier than the same old 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 and so they’re right here to steal your favourite staff’s participant. Identical to earlier enlargement years — most just lately the Golden Knights in 2017 — the Kraken will likely be deciding on gamers from each staff however Vegas.
Here is every part you want to know because the NHL’s thirty second franchise begins to take kind.
When is the 2021 NHL Enlargement Draft?
- Date: Wed., July 21
- Time: 8 p.m. ET
Two days earlier than the subsequent technology of NHL stars are chosen, common supervisor Ron Francis, head coach Dave Hakstol and employees will choose 30 guys to fill their roster. The draft will likely be held dwell from Seattle.
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What channel is the 2021 NHL Enlargement 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 dwell 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 Enlargement Draft guidelines?
This yr’s enlargement draft is following the identical guidelines as those the Golden Knights had in 2017.
Here is the breakdown.
For the 30 NHL groups:
- They will defend seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie OR eight skaters (any mixture of forwards and defensemen) and one goalie.
- Gamers that don’t must 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 below 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 below 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 additionally be exempt from being picked.
For the Kraken:
- They have to choose 30 gamers — no less than 14 forwards, 9 defensemen and three goaltenders.
- Not less than 20 of these gamers should be below contract for 2021-22 and have a price between 60 and 100% of the higher restrict ($81.5 million) of the wage cap.
- A participant chosen can’t be purchased out till subsequent summer time.
Essential dates earlier than the 2021 NHL Enlargement 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 via 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 could 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 staff, is exempt from this yr’s enlargement draft. In response to 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 bit of Seattle’s $650 million enlargement payment.