NHL Expansion Draft – Edmonton Oilers

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 26 Jordan Eberle $6,000,000 UFA – 2019 X
LW 28 NMC – Milan Lucic $6,000,000 UFA – 2023 X
C 23 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins $6,000,000 UFA – 2021 X
LW 30 Benoit Pouliot $4,000,000 UFA – 2019 X
C 30 David Desharnais $2,800,000 UFA – 2017 X
LW 35 Matt Hendricks $1,850,000 UFA – 2017 X
C 32 Mark Letestu $1,800,000 UFA – 2018 X
RW 26 Zack Kassian $1,500,000 RFA – 2017 X
LW 28 Patrick Maroon $1,500,000 UFA – 2018 X
C 25 Anton Lander $987,500 RFA – 2017 X
C 21 Leon Draisaitl $925,000 RFA – 2017 X
C 23 Henrik Samuelsson $984,167 RFA – 2017 40GR
LW 22 Jujhar Khaira $875,000 RFA – 2017 30GR
C 22 Bogdan Yakimov $842,500 RFA – 2017 40GR
RW 25 Iiro Pakarinen $725,000 RFA – 2017 X
RW 25 Tyler Pitlick $725,000 RFA – 2017 9GR
LW 23 Zachary Pochiro $663,333 RFA – 2017 40GR
RW 29 Justin Fontaine $600,000 UFA – 2017 6GR


POS Age Name Cap Hit Expiration 40/70
D 30 NMC – Andrej Sekera $5,500,000 UFA – 2021 X
D 23 Oscar Klefbom $4,167,000 UFA – 2023 X
D 24 Adam Larsson $4,166.667 UFA – 2018 X
D 29 Mark Fayne $3,625,000 UFA – 2017 X
D 29 Kris Russell $3,100,000 UFA – 2017 X
D 28 Eric Gryba $950,000 UFA – 2017 X
D 23 Griffin Reinhart $863,333 RFA – 2017 39GR
D 24 Dillon Simpson $836,667 RFA – 2017 37GR
D 23 David Musil $600,000 RFA – 2017 40GR
D 24 Jordan Oesterle $585,000 UFA – 2017 38GR
D 30 Mark Fraser $575,000 UFA – 2017 40GR


POS Age Name Cap Hit Expiration
G 29 NMC – Cam Talbot $4,166,667 UFA – 2019
G 32 Jonas Gustavsson $800,000 UFA – 2017
G 24 Laurent Brossoit $750,000 RFA – 2018

Exempt List

  • RW Patrick Russell
  • RW Jesse Puljujarvi
  • LW Anton Slepyshev
  • C Connor McDavid
  • C Drake Caggiula
  • LW Tyler Benson
  • LW Jere Sallinen
  • RW Kyle Platzer
  • C Gregory Chase
  • LW Braden Christoffer
  • C Joseph Gambardella
  • D Andrew Ference
  • D Matthew Benning
  • D Ryan Mantha
  • D Joey Laleggia
  • D Darnell Nurse
  • D Ethan Bear
  • D Caleb Jones
  • D Ben Betker
  • G Nick Ellis
  • G Eetu Laurikainen

Explanation of my Protection List

  • As a result of their high draft picks over the past almost decade, the Oilers have a lot of young players on their roster, many of whom are forwards and I’m certain they would like to protect in the Expansion Draft.  They will certainly go with the seven forwards/three defensemen plan considering they have at least five forwards who are guaranteed to be protected.  Milan Lucic has a NMC in his contract so he has to be protected.  They will also protect Jordan Eberle, just because of how much they have invested in him, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and Leon Draisaitl. If I’m the team’s GM I am also protecting Benoit Pouliot, who has revitalized his career in Edmonton, Zack Kassian, who is finally living up to his potential, and Patrick Maroon, who has found a home on Connor McDavid’s wing.  On defense, Andrej Sekera is the only player with a NMC so he will be protected, as will Oscar Klefbom, and Adam Larsson, all of which are pretty easy decisions.  There is also no decision to make at goal as Cam Talbot has a NMC.
  • Edmonton won’t be exposing any forwards of much value since several of their young players are exempt.  Mark Letestu will probably be the only forward exposed who has term left on his country, but young forwards Anton Lander and Iiro Pakarinen will also be left unprotected as RFAs.  Mark Fayne will be the only goaltender left exposed who has term left on his contract, but they will also leave Griffin Reinhart, Dillon Simpson, and David Musil unprotected who are all RFAs.  For goaltenders, it seems like the Oilers signed Laurent Brossoit for this purpose as he is their only other goaltender besides Talbot with a contract beyond 2017.
  • Edmonton is extremely lucky that Connor McDavid, Jesse Puljujarvi, Drake Caggiula, and Darnell Nurse are all exempt from the Expansion Draft.  All four of them would likely be protected by the team, meaning that Pouliot, Kassian, Maroon, and they would probably have to figure out something to do with Andrej Sekera so as to not expose Klefbom or Larsson.

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


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