NHL Expansion Draft – Carolina Hurricanes


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
C 28 NMC – Jordan Staal $6,000,000 UFA – 2023 X
LW 24 Jeff Skinner $5,725,000 UFA – 2019 X
C 24 Victor Rask $4,000,000 UFA – 2022 X
LW 31 Bryan Bickell $4,000,000 UFA – 2017 33GR
C 22 Elias Lindholm $2,700,000 RFA – 2018 X
RW 34 Lee Stempniak $2,500,000 UFA – 2018 X
LW 25 Joakim Nordstrom $1,275,000 RFA – 2018 X
C 34 Jay McClement $1,200,000 UFA – 2017 X
C 26 Andrej Nestrasil $912,500 RFA – 2017 X
C 22 Teuvo Teravainen $894,167 RFA – 2017 X
LW 23 Phillip Di Giuseppe $817,500 RFA – 2017 X
LW 23 Brock McGinn $811,667 RFA – 2017 X
LW 22 Erik Karlsson $661,667 RFA – 2017 40GR
C 24 Patrick Brown $650,000 UFA – 2017 26GR
C 28 Andrew Miller $650,000 UFA – 2017 40GR
C 25 Connor Brickley $650,000 UFA – 2017 40GR
LW 24 Brendan Woods $650,000 UFA – 2017 40GR
RW 26 Danny Kristo $575,000 UFA – 2017 40GR


POS Age Name Cap Hit Expiration 40/70
D 25 Justin Faulk $4,833,333 UFA – 2020 X
D 23 Ryan Murphy $787,500 RFA – 2018 8GR
D 25 Klas Dahlbeck $750,000 RFA – 2017 X
D 22 Trevor Carrick $675,000 RFA – 2017 40GR
D 26 Matt Tennyson $675,000 UFA – 2017 X
D 25 Dennis Robertson $650,000 UFA – 2017 40GR
D 25 Philip Samuelsson $600,000 UFA – 2017 40GR


POS Age Name Cap Hit Expiration
G 28 Scott Darling $4,150,000 UFA – 2021
G 33 Cam Ward $3,300,000 UFA – 2018
G 29 Eddie Lack $2,750,000 UFA – 2018
G 22 Daniel Altshuller $728,333 RFA – 2017
G 35 Michael Leighton $700,000 UFA – 2017

Exempt List

  • RW Julien Gauthier
  • LW Sebastian Aho
  • C Andrew Poturalski
  • C Aleksi Saarela
  • LW Valentin Zykov
  • C Nicolas Roy
  • C Clark Bishop
  • C Lucas Wallmark
  • LW Sergey Tolchinsky
  • C Derek Ryan
  • C Janne Kuokkanen
  • D Jake Bean
  • D Noah Hanifin
  • D Haydn Fleury
  • D Brett Pesce
  • D Roland McKeown
  • D Jaccob Slavin
  • D Josh Wesley
  • D Tyler Ganly
  • D Jake Chelios
  • G Alex Nedeljkovic
  • G Callum Booth

Explanation of my Projected List

  • Jordan Staal is the only Hurricane with a no-move clause, so he must be protected, although he would be even without NMC.  I think there are certainly more than four forwards that the Hurricanes need to protect and so they will probably go with seven forwards and three defensemen.  Other forwards they will probably protect are Jeff Skinner, Victor Rask, Elias Lindholm, and Joakim Nordstrom, all players with term left on their contracts.  I think that they will also protect Phillip Di Giuseppe and Teuvo Teravainen, both of whom are RFAs but are young and important pieces to Carolina’s future.  On defense, Justin Faulk and Ryan Murphy are easy picks for the team to protect and I think that of their remaining young eligible defensemen, they will pick Klas Dahlbeck.  They will need to re-sign one of their free agent defensemen to a contract for next season so they can fulfill the exposure requirement.  In net, the Hurricanes will certainly protect Scott Darling, whom they acquired from Chicago early in the offseason.
  • The Hurricanes will allow Lee Stempniak to be exposed as their only forward with term left on his contract.  They will also let several young RFAs to be selected by Vegas if they so choose. Vegas could draft a really good and young defensemen from Carolina if they so choose to since Trevor Carrick and Matt Tennyson will probably both be exposed.
  • Carolina is lucky that the Expansion Draft is this year and now following the 2017-18 season because they aren’t required to protect a majority of their young players including Sebastian Aho, Noah Hanifin, Brett Pesce, or Jaccob Slavin.  Instead, the Hurricanes are going to be just fine after the Expansion Draft and will be able to get away with giving up a depth defenseman or an aging forward such as Lee Stempniak.

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


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