Some new details are emerging as NHL teams begin bracing for a potential expansion draft next summer. According to SportsNet, an expansion draft could lead to a great deal of roster movement in the coming 12 months.
The known commodities to this point:
- Each team will be allowed to protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie.
- Players holding no-movement clauses count against the protection limit, provided that those contracts and clauses extend through the 2017-18 season.
- Players with two years of professional experience or less will be exempt from the process.
- Each existing NHL club could lose just one player maximum in a potential expansion draft.
- Only one expansion team believed to be in play – Las Vegas.
Now, some new nuggets:
- Teams will be permitted to ask players to waive their no-movement clauses for inclusion in the expansion draft.
- There will be an experience criteria attached to the players each team leaves unprotected.
- A minimum of two forwards and one defenseman must be exposed who have played 40 games the previous season, or a total of 70 over the previous two.
- There is also a requirement that the 40/70 players are under contract through the first expansion season.
The NHL’s board of governors is scheduled to meet in Las Vegas again on June 22. A two-thirds majority at that time would grant Vegas an expansion franchise.