NHL Expansion Draft – Dallas Stars


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 33 NMC – Jason Spezza $7,500,000 UFA – 2019 X
LW 35 Patrick Sharp $5,900,000 UFA – 2017 X
C 25 Tyler Seguin $5,750,000 UFA – 2019 X
LW 27 NMC – Jamie Benn $9,500,000 UFA – 2025 X
RW 33 Ales Hemsky $4,000,000 UFA – 2017 X
C 25 Cody Eakin $3,850,000 UFA – 2020 X
LW 27 Antoine Roussel $2,000,000 UFA – 2018 X
LW 33 Jiri Hudler $2,000,000 UFA – 2017 X
RW 23 Brett Ritchie $875,000 RFA – 2017 X
C 23 Radek Faksa $863,333 RFA – 2017 X
LW 26 Curtis McKenzie $700,000 UFA – 2018 X
C 22 Gemel Smith $645,000 RFA – 2017 23GR
C 26 Justin Dowling $625,000 UFA – 2017 31GR
RW 31 Adam Cracknell $675,000 UFA – 2018 X
RW 24 Mark McNeill $600,000 RFA – 2017 39GR
C 33 Travis Morin $575,000 UFA – 2017 40GR
RW 23 Matej Stransky $575,000 RFA – 2017 40GR
RW 22 Valeri Nichushkin X


POS Age Name Cap Hit Expiration 40/70
D 24 John Klingberg $4,250,000 UFA – 2022 X
D 34 Dan Humhuis $3,750,000 UFA – 2018 X
D 24 Jamie Oleksiak $918,750 RFA – 2017 X
D 25 Patrick Nemeth $900,000 RFA – 2017 X
D 26 Greg Pateryn $800,000 UFA – 2018 X
D 22 Ludwig Bystrom $775,000 RFA – 2017 40GR
D 24 Mattias Backman $750,000 RFA – 2017 40GR
D 22 Esa Lindell $745,833 RFA – 2017 X
D 24 Stephen Johns $725,000 RFA – 2018 X
D 28 Andrew Bodnarchuk $725,000 UFA – 2018 33GR
D 22 Nick Ebert $691,667 RFA – 2017 40GR
D 23 Justin Hache $640,000 RFA – 2017 40GR
D 27 Dustin Stevenson $600,000 UFA – 2017 40GR


POS Age Name Cap Hit Expiration
G 30 NMC – Ben Bishop $4,916,667 UFA – 2023
G 33 Kari Lehtonen $5,900,000 UFA – 2018
G 33 Antti Niemi $4,500,000 UFA – 2018
G 23 Henri Kiviaho $611,667 RFA – 2017
G 24 Maxime Lagace $600,000 RFA – 2017
G 30 Justin Peters $600,000 UFA – 2017

Exempt List

  • LW Denis Gurianov
  • C Jason Dickinson
  • C Devin Shore
  • LW Remi Elie
  • C Mattias Janmark
  • LW Cole Ully
  • D Julius Honka
  • D Dillon Heatherington
  • D Niklas Hansson
  • D Chris Martenet
  • D Ondrej Vala
  • D Gavin Bayreuther
  • G Philippe Desrosiers
  • G Landon Bow

Explanation of my Protection List

  • Dallas is a team that I thought may consider protecting eight skaters, dividing their spots between four forwards and four defensemen.  However, I think that they have too many talented forwards to protect and will go the seven forwards/three defensemen route.  Forwards Jason Spezza and Jamie Benn both have NMCs so they have to be protected.  They will also certainly protect Tyler Seguin and Radek Faksa.  I also think that they will protect Antoine Roussel and then have to make decisions about their final two spots about Cody Eakin, Brett Ritchie, and Valeri Nichushkin.  I think with Ritchie’s age (23) he it important to the franchise and will be protected.  Nichushkin is currently playing in his native Russia but still has to be protected for Dallas to ensure that they can keep him.  I have read that perhaps Dallas keeps him regardless of this but I think that there is no guarantee that he returns to America to play and Dallas should protect the known commodity of Eakin.  On defense, they have more than four defensemen I’m certain they would like to keep, but will only have three spots available.  They will protect John Klingberg and Esa Lindell right away and I think they will protect Stephen Johns with their final spot.  In net, they have to protect newly-acquired Ben Bishop since he has a NMC.
  • Curtis McKenzie and Adam Cracknell will both be left exposed as forwards with term left on their contracts.  They will also leave four forwards exposed who are RFAs.  On defense, veteran Dan Hamhuis will be left exposed as will Greg Pateryn, who has another year left on his contract.  They will also leave five defensemen aged 25 or younger who are RFAs exposed.  As I referenced above, I think that Dallas leaves both Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi exposed, both veteran goaltenders with experience and one year left on their contracts.  They will also leave Maxime Legace unprotected but he will be an RFA this offseason.
  • I think that the most attractive option for Vegas would be to draft one of Dallas’ young defensemen who are RFAs.  However, I believe what will actually happen is that the Stars GM will offer Vegas something in order for them to take one of Lehtonen and Niemi.  That way, Dallas will be free from one of their contracts and they get to keep all of their young players.

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


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