NHL Expansion Draft – Washington Capitals


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
LW 31 Alex Ovechkin $9,538,462 UFA – 2021 X
C 29 Nicklas Backstrom $6,700,000 UFA – 2020 X
C 26 Marcus Johansson $4,583,333 UFA – 2019 X
RW 30 T.J. Oshie $4,175,000 UFA – 2017 X
C 27 Lars Eller $3,500,000 UFA – 2018 X
RW 35 Justin Williams $3,250,000 UFA – 2017 X
C 24 Evgeny Kuznetsov $3,000,000 RFA – 2017 X
C 32 Daniel Winnik $2,250,000 UFA – 2017 X
RW 23 Tom Wilson $2,000,000 RFA – 2018 X
RW 31 Jay Beagle $1,750,000 UFA – 2018 X
LW 22 Andre Burakovsky $894,167 RFA – 2017 X
RW 24 Brett Connolly $850,000 RFA – 2017 X
C 22 Chandler Stephenson $725,833 RFA – 2017 36GR
LW 23 Nathan Walker $635,000 RFA – 2017 40GR
C 22 Liam O’Brien $621,667 RFA – 2017 39GR
C 28 Zach Sill $612,500 UFA – 2018 40GR
RW 25 Garrett Mitchell $587,500 UFA – 2017 39GR
LW 31 Chris Bourque $575,000 UFA – 2017 40GR
LW 24 Christian Thomas $575,000 UFA – 2017 40GR
C 28 Paul Carey $575,000 UFA – 2017 33GR
RW 25 Stanislav Galiev $575,000 UFA – 2017 40GR


POS Age Name Cap Hit Expiration 40/70
D 30 Matt Niskanen $5,750,000 UFA – 2021 X
D 36 Brooks Orpik $5,500,000 UFA – 2019 X
D 27 John Carlson $3,966,667 UFA – 2018 X
D 28 Karl Alzner $2,800,000 UFA – 2017 X
D 28 Kevin Shattenkirk $2,592,500 UFA – 2017 X
D 25 Dmitry Orlov $2,570,000 RFA – 2017 X
D 34 Tom Gilbert $1,120,000 UFA – 2017 7GR
D 25 Nate Schmidt $812,500 RFA – 2017 X
D 29 Taylor Chorney $800,000 UFA – 2018 X
D 22 Christian Djoos $711,667 RFA – 2017 40GR
D 23 Cody Corbett $616,667 RFA – 2017 40GR
D 26 Aaron Ness $612,500 UFA – 2018 38GR
D 23 Darren Dietz $575,000 RFA – 2017 40GR


POS Age Name Cap Hit Expiration
G 27 Braden Holtby $6,100,000 UFA – 2020
G 24 Philipp Grubauer $750,000 RFA – 2017
G 25 Phoenix Copley $708,500 UFA – 2017

Exempt List

  • LW Jakub Vrana
  • C Travis Boyd
  • RW Riley Barber
  • C Tim McGauley
  • C Beck Malenstyn
  • LW Hampus Gustafsson
  • C Garrett Pilon
  • C Mason Mitchell
  • D Lucas Johansen
  • D Colby Williams
  • D Connor Hobbs
  • D Jonas Siegenthaler
  • D Madison Bowey
  • D Tyler Lewington
  • D Kris Bindulis
  • G Vitek Vanecek
  • G Adam Carlson

Explanation of my Protection List

  • The Capitals have no NMCs for any of their players so there are no spots already reserved.  I feel confident that they will protect seven forwards and three defensemen just as a result of the number of quality forwards they have.  I am protecting Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Marcus Johansson, Lars Eller, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Tom Wilson, and Andre Burakovsky. Kuznetsov and Burakovsky are both RFAs but are so vital to the team’s future that Washington won’t want to lose them at all.  On defense, Matt Niskanen, John Carlson, and Dmitry Orlov are who I am choosing to protect.  Orlov is another RFA but I’m certain Washington wants the first chance at negotiating with him.  At the goaltender position, Braden Holtby is the choice.
  • With the way I created my protection list, Washington will have to re-sign one of their free agents or sign one off the market in order to meet exposure requirements.  Currently their only exposed forward under contract is Jay Beagle.  On defense, both Brooks Orpik and Taylor Chorney are under contract and will be left available.  Washington will also have to re-sign one of their goaltenders in order to meet exposure requirements.  I think this will be Phoenix Copley because their only other goaltender is Philipp Grubauer and he is an RFA and is extremely talented.
  • If I am Vegas I am taking Philipp Grubauer and I’m not certain I could be talked out of not drafting him.  He is really good and could be the franchise goaltender for the Vegas team. Washington would love to get rid of Brooks Orpik’s contract but that would probably cost them quite a bit in order to convince Vegas to take him.

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


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