NHL Expansion Draft 2021 Date, Venue, Rules, Top Players, TV Channel, Live Stream
NHL Expansion Draft 2021 Live Stream Today: The 2021/22 season will be the 105th edition of the National Hockey League. NHL will return to normalcy from the 2021/22 season with a full 82 game season from October to April. Seattle Kraken is the new team set to feature in the NHL from the 2021/22 season. The addition of Seattle makes it the 32nd team that will play in the NHL.
Ahead of its inaugural season, the Krakens will have to build their team by selecting players from other NHL teams. NHL Expansion draft schedule is announced. Here’s everything you need to know about the NHL Expansion Draft 2021 that includes the top players for Seattle Kraken team selection, date, time, venue, tv channels and NHL Expansion Draft 2021 live stream details.
When is NHL Expansion Draft 2021?
NHL Expansion Draft for the 2021/22 season will be held on 21 July 2021. The expansion draft will be conducted to fill the roster of the newly added team Seattle Kraken.
The expansion draft will be held live from Gas Works Park, Seattle, Washington at 8:00 PM (ET)
How to watch the NHL Expansion Draft 2021 Live Stream?
ESPN 2 TV Channel will broadcast the Draft in the USA. Online fans can watch the NHL Expansion Draft live stream on ESPN+app. Sportsnet, Sportsnet now and TVA Sports will broadcast the draft in Canada.
What are the rules for NHL 2021 Expansion Draft?
Seattle Kraken will form its roster by selecting one player from all NHL teams except Vegas Golden Knights.
Vegas Golden Knights are exempted from losing a player in this draft exchange and will not receive any money from Seattle.
The remaining 30 NHL teams will lose 1 player from their squad.
The 30 teams can protect seven forwards, three defensemen, one goalie, eight skaters (any combination of forwards and defensemen), and one goalie.
Their respective teams should compulsorily protect players with the No movement clause.
Teams have to expose at least two forwards and one defenseman under contract for the 2021–22 season and played in at least 27 games in the 2020–21 season, or more than 54 games in the 2019–20 and 2020–21 seasons combined.
Teams also have to expose a goaltender under contract for the 2021–22 season or a pending restricted free agent.
Expansion draft rules for Seattle Kraken
Seattle Kraken must choose 30 players to build up its roster.
At least 20 of the 30 selected players must be under contract for the 2021/22 season.
Players must have a cumulative salary value between 60% and 100% of the upper limit ($81.5 million) of the salary cap.
Seattle Kraken must select a minimum of 14 forwards, 9 defensemen and 3 goaltenders.
A selected player cannot be bought out until next summer.
Who are the top five players that Seattle could select?
Vladimir Tarasenko, Alexander Kerfoot, Mark Giordano, Kevin Shattenkirk and Carey Price are the top five players Seattle Krakens will be eyeing in the draft.