The 2017 NHL Expansion Draft is the first major event of the 2017 NHL offseason, with the expansion Las Vegas Golden Knights assembling their first team.
It is the league's 11th expansion draft, but the first since 2000. Being the first in 17 years, it is the largest gap in-between expansion drafts in NHL history.
All of this is of course due to the formation of the Las Vegas Golden Knights set to debut this fall. Unlike regular draft festivities, there is no central draft location or event. Simply it is a matter of submissions and approvals by every team in the league.
WHEN IS THE NHL EXPANSION DRAFT?
There is actually no event to watch, just the NHL announcing the 30-man roster for the new Las Vegas Golden Knights. This will take place during the 2017 NHL Awards ceremony.
What: 2017 NHL Expansion Draft (during NHL Awards)
When: Wednesday, June 21 at 8:00 p.m. ET
Where: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV
TV Channel: NBC Sports Network
Livestream: NBC Sports Live Extra
There are specific rules for the Expansion Draft that the NHL announced, but below is a brief summary.
2017 NHL EXPANSION DRAFT SUMMARY OF RULES:
- All 30 current NHL teams must submit a Protected List of players to the NHL by Saturday, June 17 at 5 p.m. ET
- Either include a list of seven forwards, three defensemen, and one goaltender OR eight skaters (forwards/defensemen) and one goaltender
- Players with a "No Movement" clause must be protected if the player does not waive the clause
- First and second-year professional players and unsigned draft picks are not eligible for the expansion draft and won't need to be protected
- All other players are eligible for the Expansion Draft
- The entire NHL is under a 'roster freeze.' No trades, no waivers until after the Golden Knights' roster is created
- Protected lists are sent to all 31 teams on Sunday, June 18. Golden Knights are allowed to interview eligible players.
- Las Vegas must submit a list of 30 players to the NHL by Wednesday, June 21 at 10 a.m.
- Golden Knights must select one player from each current NHL team
- 30-man roster must include 14 forwards, nine defensemen, and three goaltenders
- 20 players must be under contract for the 2017-18 season
- Salaries of the players selected must combine to be between 60 and 100 percent of the salary cap's upper limit