NHL Expansion Draft – Pittsburgh Penguins

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

Forwards

POS Age Name Cap Hit Expiration 40/70
C 30 NMC – Evgeni Malkin $9,500,000 UFA – 2022 X
C 29 NMC – Sidney Crosby $8,700,000 UFA – 2025 X
RW 29 NMC – Phil Kessel $6,800,000 UFA – 2022 X
RW 30 Patric Hornqvist $4,250,000 UFA – 2018 X
LW 28 Carl Hagelin $4,000,000 UFA – 2018 X
LW 37 Chris Kunitz $3,850,000 UFA – 2017 X
C 28 Nick Bonino $1,900,000 UFA – 2017 X
C 40 Matt Cullen $1,000,000 UFA – 2017 X
C 23 Oskar Sundqvist $700,833 RFA – 2017 30GR
RW 24 Josh Archibald $659,167 RFA – 2017 26GR
RW 24 Bryan Rust $640,000 RFA – 2018 X
LW 24 Scott Wilson $625,000 RFA – 2018 X
RW 25 Tom Kuhnhackl $625,000 RFA – 2018 X
C 23 Jean-Sebastian Dea $593,333 RFA – 2017 39GR
LW 26 Garrett Wilson $575,000 UFA – 2017 35GR
C 31 Kevin Porter $575,000 UFA – 2017 27GR
LW 29 Tom Sestito $575,000 UFA – 2017 27GR

Defensemen

POS Age Name Cap Hit Expiration 40/70
D 29 NMC – Kris Letang $7,250,000 UFA – 2022 X
D 22 Olli Maatta $4,083,333 UFA – 2022 X
D 33 Trevor Daley $3,300,000 UFA – 2017 X
D 28 Ian Cole $2,100,000 UFA – 2018 X
D 39 Mark Streit $1,761,375 UFA – 2017 X
D 36 Ron Hainsey $1,416,667 UFA – 2017 X
D 26 Justin Schultz $1,400,000 RFA – 2017 X
D 23 Derrick Pouliot $863,333 RFA – 2017 29GR
D 25 Brian Dumoulin $800,000 RFA – 2017 X
D 24 Frank Corrado $600,000 RFA – 2017 27GR
D 26 Chad Ruhwedel $575,000 UFA – 2017 X
D 27 Cameron Gaunce $575,000 UFA – 2017 28GR
D 26 David Warsofsky $575,000 UFA – 2017 33GR
D 26 Tim Erixon $575,000 RFA – 2017 40GR
D 23 Stuart Percy $575,000 RFA – 2017 40GR

Goaltenders

POS Age Name Cap Hit Expiration
G 32 NMC Waived – Marc-Andre Fleury $5,750,000 UFA – 2019
G 22 Matt Murray $3,750,000 RFA – 2020

Exempt List

  • INJ – RW Pascal Dupuis
  • C Thomas DiPauli
  • C Jake Guentzel
  • C Teddy Blueger
  • RW Daniel Sprong
  • C Dominik Simon
  • LW Conor Sheary
  • C Carter Rowney
  • C Zach Aston-Reese
  • D Ethan Prow
  • D Lukas Bengtsson
  • D Jeff Taylor
  • G Sean Maguire
  • G Tristan Jarry

Explanation of my Protection List

  • The Penguins have way more than ten skaters that they would like to protect and will want to protect the maximum, so they will protect seven forwards and three defensemen.  They have three forwards with NMCs in Evgeni Malkin, Sidney Crosby, and Phil Kessel.  They will also protect Patric Hornqvist.  I think that they will protect their trio of young forwards Bryan Rust, Scott Wilson, and Tom Kuhnhackl who they would all like to protect but only have to spots.  On defense, Kris Letang has a NMC so he takes up one of the protect spots at the position and Olli Maatta and Ian Cole get the other two spots since they’re the only other two under contract.  At the goaltender position, now that Marc-Andre Fleury has waived his NMC, the Penguins will be protecting Matt Murray.
  • At the forward spot, only Carl Hagelin is left unprotected and with term left.  The Penguins will have to re-sign a forward in order to meet exposure requirements.  On defense, they have no players left to be exposed so the team will once again have to re-sign a defenseman to expose. In net, Matt Murray is currently the only other goaltender left to be exposed.
  • Now that Fleury has waived his NMC and he wasn’t moved before the trade/waiver freeze, it seems like a foregone conclusion that he will be taken by Vegas.

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

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