NHL Expansion Draft – St. Louis Blues


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 25 Vladimir Tarasenko $7,500,000 UFA – 2023 X
C 31 Paul Stastny $7,000,000 UFA – 2018 X
LW 33 Alexander Steen $5,750,000 UFA – 2021 X
LW 24 Jaden Schwartz $5,350,000 UFA – 2021 X
C 29 Jori Lehtera $4,700,000 UFA – 2019 X
LW 28 David Perron $3,750000 UFA – 2018 X
C 28 Patrik Berglund $3,850,000 UFA – 2022 X
LW 29 Vladimir Sobotka $3,500,000 UFA – 2020 28GR
RW 23 Nail Yakupov $2,500,000 RFA – 2017 X
RW 30 Ryan Reaves $1,125,000 UFA – 2018 X
RW 24 Dmitrij Jaskin $1,000,000 RFA – 2018 X
LW 33 Scottie Upshall $950,000 UFA – 2017 X
LW 25 Magnus Paajarvi $700,000 RFA – 2017 X
C 25 Landon Ferraro $700,000 RFA – 2017 2GR
RW 24 Ty Rattie $650,000 RFA – 2017 31GR
LW 24 Kenny Agostino $625,000 UFA – 2017 33GR
LW 26 Andrew Agozzino $600,000 UFA – 2017 40GR
C 23 Jacob Doty $575,000 RFA – 2017 40GR
C 27 Brad Malone $575,000 UFA – 2017 13GR
C 26 Alex Firesen $575,000 UFA – 2017 40GR
RW 26 Jordan Caron $575,000 RFA – 2017 40GR


POS Age Name Cap Hit Expiration 40/70
D 27 Alex Pietrangelo $6,500,000 UFA – 2020 X
D 33 Jay Bouwmeester $5,400,000 UFA – 2019 X
D 30 Carl Gunnarsson $2,900,000 UFA – 2019 X
D 23 Joel Edmundson $1,050,000 RFA – 2018 X
D 28 Robert Bortuzzo $1,150,000 UFA – 2019 X
D 23 Petteri Lindbohm $636,667 RFA – 2017 33GR
D 30 Chris Butler $600,000 UFA – 2017 39GR
D 24 Reid McNeill $575,000 UFA – 2017 40GR
D 24 Morgan Ellis $575,000 UFA – 2017 40GR


POS Age Name Cap Hit Expiration
G 26 Jake Allen $4,350,000 UFA – 2021
G 31 Carter Hutton $1,125,000 UFA – 2018
G 23 Jordan Binnington $600,000 RFA – 2017

Exempt List

  • LW Mackenzie MacEachern
  • C Robby Fabbri
  • LW Zachary Sanford
  • C Jordan Kyrou
  • C Ivan Barbashev
  • C Adam Musil
  • C Conner Bleackley
  • C Justin Selman
  • LW Samuel Blais
  • C Wade Megan
  • C Tage Thompson
  • D Jordan Schmaltz
  • D Colton Parayko
  • D Vince Dunn
  • D Thomas Vannelli
  • D Dmitrii Sergeev
  • D Jake Walman
  • G Ville Husso
  • G Luke Opilka
  • G Evan Fitzpatrick

Explanation of my Protection List

  • The Blues have a plethora of forwards that they would like to protect and will try and keep as many of them as possible.  I am protecting seven forwards and three defensemen with this team understanding that they have several young defensemen that don’t need to be protected.  At forward, I am protecting Vladimir Tarasenko, Paul Stastny, Alexander Steen, Jaden Schwartz, Jori Lehtera, Patrik Berglund, and Vladimir Sobotka.  Tarasenko, Stastny, Steen, Schwartz, and Lehtera are no-brainers and the Blues just extended Berglund so he has value to the team.  On defense, St. Louis has five players under contract beyond this season and I have just three spots available.  I am picking Alex Pietrangelo, Jay Bouwmeester, and Joel Edmundson for the three defensive slots.  In net, Jake Allen is the team’s goaltender of the future and he needs to be protected.
  • The Blues will let quite a bit of talent exposed in the Expansion Draft.  The forwards will be David Perron, Ryan Reaves, and Kyle Brodziak and the defensemen are Carl Gunnarsson and Robert Bortuzzo.  At goaltender, Carter Hutton is the only other player at the position apart from Jake Allen.
  • The Blues are lucky in that a majority of their important skaters are all exempt from the Expansion Draft, including Robby Fabbri, Zach Sanford, and Colton Parayko.  The most valuable player that the Blues could probably lose in the Draft is Carl Gunnarsson, who is a quality defenseman and is under contract for two more seasons for just $2.9 million per season.

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


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