NHL Expansion Draft – Anaheim Ducks

For those who don’t know, last fall the NHL approved the 31st franchise to be located in Las Vegas and will begin playing in the 2017-18 season.  This is the first time the NHL has added a team since 2000 when Minnesota and Columbus were granted franchises.  This time around, however, the NHL wants to do everything possible to give Vegas a competitive team from the start, largely a result of how expensive franchise fees are in 2016 compared to the late 1990s.  The league has done everything possible to ensure that the existing franchises are forced to expose players of value and that Vegas will have the opportunity to create a roster with the potential to be successful from the start or to focus on the future by taking team’s young players.

I figured it could be a fun exercise to do my own Expansion Draft simulator by using CapFriendly.com and then publishing the results in a team-by-team format.  I will start with Anaheim and finish with Winnipeg before ultimately writing a Vegas post.

Expansion Draft Rules

All information from NHL.com

Protected Lists

  • Clubs can protect one of two options:
    • Seven forwards, three defensemen, and one goaltender
    • Eight skaters and one goaltender
  • All players with No-Movement clauses in their contract have to be protected unless they waive their clauses
  • All first- and second-year pro players will be exempt from selections and don’t have to be protected

Player Exposure Requirements

  • Clubs must meet minimum requirements for exposure in the Expansion Draft:
    • One defenseman who is under contract in 2017-18 and played in 40 or more games in 2016-17 or played in 70 or more games in two prior seasons.
    • Two forwards who meet the same requirements as above
    • One goaltender who is under contract in 2017-18 or will be a restricted free agent at the expiration of his current contract immediately prior to 2017-18.

Vegas Requirements

  • Must select one player from each existing club for a total of 30 players
  • Must select at least 14 forwards, 9 defensemen, and 3 goaltenders
  • Must have a minimum 20 players under contract for the 2017-18 season
  • Must reach the salary cap floor and cannot exceed the cap ceiling
  • May not buy out any players selected in the Expansion Draft before the first summer following their first full season

Protection List

  • NMC= No Movement Clause
  • NTC= No Trade Clause
  • Red = Who I would protect


POS Age Name Cap Hit Expiration 40/70
RW 31 NMC – Corey Perry $8,625,000 UFA – 2021 X
C 31 NMC – Ryan Getzlaf $8,250,000 UFA – 2021 X
C 32 NMC – Ryan Kesler $6,875,000 UFA – 2022 X
C 23 Rickard Rakell $3,789,444 UFA – 2022 X
RW 26 Jakob Silfverberg $3,750,000 UFA – 2019 X
LW 29 Andrew Cogliano $3,000,000 UFA – 2018 X
C 34 Antoine Vermette $1,750,000 UFA – 2018 X
C 32 Nate Thompson $1,600,000 UFA – 2017 X
RW 32 Patrick Eaves $1,000,000 UFA – 2017 X
LW 23 Nicolas Kerdiles $925,000 RFA – 2017 35GR
RW 30 Jared Boll $900,000 UFA – 2018 X
LW 31 Ryan Garbutt $900,000 UFA – 2017 X
RW 22 Nick Sorenson $803,333 RFA – 2017 35GR
LW 24 Emerson Etem $775,000 RFA – 2017 9GR
RW 24 Logan Shaw $650,000 RFA – 2018 X
C 25 Chris Wagner $637,500 UFA – 2018 X
RW 27 Corey Tropp $625,000 UFA – 2018 39GR
RW 24 Max Gortz $616,667 RFA – 2017 40GR
LW 28 Spencer Abbott $575,000 UFA – 2017 39 GR
C 25 Sam Carrick $575,000 UFA – 2017 40GR



POS Age Name Cap Hit Expiration 40/70
D 23 Hampus Lindholm $5,205,556 UFA – 2022 X
D 25 Sami Vatanen $4,875,000 UFA – 2020 X
D 25 Cam Fowler $4,000,000 UFA – 2018 X
D 35 NMC – Kevin Bieksa $4,000,000 UFA – 2018 X
D 25 Simon Despres $3,700,000 UFA – 2021 30GR
D 32 Clayton Stoner $3,250,000 UFA – 2018 5GR
D 25 Josh Manson $825,000 RFA – 2018 X
D 24 Jaycob Megna $786,667 RFA – 2017 40GR
D 29 Korbinian Holzer $700,000 UFA – 2017 3GR
D 34 Nate Guenin $600,000 UFA – 2017 40GR
D 31 Jeff Schultz $575,000 UFA – 2017 40GR


POS Age Name Cap Hit Expiration
G 28 Jonathan Bernier $4,150,000 UFA – 2017
G 23 John Gibson $2,300,000 RFA – 2019
G 28 Jhonas Enroth $750,000 UFA – 2017
G 27 Dustin Tokarski $650,000 UFA – 2018
G 27 Matt Hackett $600,000 UFA – 2017
  • At forward, Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, and Ryan Kesler all have no-move clauses so they have to be protected.  I think that they will ultimately move at least one of their defensemen before the Expansion Draft in order to be able to protect 7 forwards and 3 defensemen.  I would trade Sami Vatanen as he is likely the least valuable to Anaheim out of he, Hampus Lindholm, and Cam Fowler.  I would also ask Kevin Bieksa to waive his NMC and if he doesn’t, I would simply buy him out.  He only has one year left on his contract so it wouldn’t be too costly to do so.  Therefore, I am protecting the three forwards with NMCs, plus Jakob Silfverberg, Andrew Cogliano, and Antoine Vermette.  On defense, I am protecting Hampus Lindholm, Cam Fowler, and Josh Manson.  In net ,I am protecting John Gibson.
  • If Anaheim were to follow my plan, they won’t be leaving much exposed in terms of value. They will leave forwards Jared Boll and Corey Tropp exposed.  Exposed defensemen are Simon Despres and Clayton Stoner and they will leave Dustin Tokarski exposed in net.  These don’t include any restricted or unrestricted free agents that they have however.
  • The Ducks should be fine in the Expansion Draft if they move Vatanen and aren’t required to protect Bieksa.   The most talented player they could lose is probably Simon Despres but the Ducks wouldn’t miss him very much.

*All cap and salary information come from CapFriendly.com*


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