NHL Expansion Draft – Winnipeg Jets


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 24 Mark Scheifele $6,125,000 UFA – 2024 X
RW 30 Blake Wheeler $5,600,000 UFA – 2019 X
C 29 Bryan Little $4,700,000 UFA – 2018 X
C 29 Mathieu Perreault $4,125,000 UFA – 2021 X
C 29 Shawn Matthias $2,125,000 UFA – 2018 X
RW 33 Chris Thorburn $1,200,000 UFA – 2017 X
LW 24 Adam Lowry $1,125,000 RFA – 2018 X
C 22 Marko Dano $925,000 RFA – 2017 X
RW 23 Joel Armia $925,000 RFA – 2018 X
C 22 Andrew Copp $925,000 RFA – 2018 X
RW 23 Scott Kosmachuk $720,000 RFA – 2017 40GR
RW 27 Anthony Peluso $675,000 UFA – 2017 35GR
RW 23 JC Lipon $650,000 RFA – 2017 40GR
C 25 Quinton Howden $650,000 RFA – 2017 7GR
C 23 Ryan Olsen $616,667 RFA – 2017 40GR
LW 25 Ivan Telegin $0 40GR


POS Age Name Cap Hit Expiration 40/70
D 32 NMC – Dustin Byfuglien $7,600,000 UFA – 2021 X
D 32 NMC Waived – Toby Enstrom $5,750,000 UFA – 2018 X
D 27 Tyler Myers $5,500,000 UFA – 2019 X
D 23 Jacob Trouba $2,812,500 RFA – 2018 X
D 32 Mark Stuart $2,625,000 UFA – 2018 X
D 28 Paul Postma $887,500 UFA – 2017 X
D 25 Ben Chiarot $850,000 RFA – 2017 X
D 25 Julian Melchiori $625,000 RFA – 2018 22GR
D 29 Brian Strait $600,000 UFA – 2017 13GR
D 24 Brenden Kichton $600,000 UFA – 2017 40GR


POS Age Name Cap Hit Expiration
G 29 Ondrej Pavelec $3,900,000 UFA – 2017
G 27 Michael Hutchinson $1,150,000 UFA – 2018
G 23 Connor Hellebuyck $667,500 RFA – 2017

Exempt List

  • LW Kyle Connor
  • RW Patrik Laine
  • C Jack Roslovic
  • LW Nikolaj Ehlers
  • C Brandon Tanev
  • LW Brendan Lemieux
  • C Nicolas Petan
  • C Chase De Leo
  • C James Lodge
  • C Jansen Harkins
  • D Logan Stanley
  • D Joshua Morrissey
  • D Nelson Nogier
  • D Jan Kostalek
  • D Tucker Poolman
  • G Jamie Phillips
  • G Eric Comrie

Explanation of my Protection List

  • Winnipeg could have a problem since they have two defensemen, Dustin Byfuglien and Toby Enstrom, with NMCs.  That causes a problem because I’m sure that they would love to protect seven forwards but with the current roster situation I think they’ll only end up protecting eight total skaters.  At forward, I am protecting Mark Scheifele, Bryan Little, Adam Lowry, and Joel Armia.  On defense, as I mentioned above, Byfuglien and Enstrom both have NMCs and I am also going to protect Tyler Myers and Jacob Trouba.  In net, I am making the difficult decision to protect Connor Hellebuyck as he is looking to be the future of the franchise at the position.
  • With the players I protected, Blake Wheeler, Mathieu Perreault, and Shawn Matthias are all left unprotected at forward.  On defense, Mark Stuart is the only defenseman left exposed and Michael Hutchinson is the only goaltender.
  • If I am Winnipeg’s GM I am attempting to trade Toby Enstrom, trying to convince him to waive his NMC, or even buying him out just so I can protect seven forwards.  I wouldn’t want to potentially lose Wheeler, Perreault, or Matthias and would do everything possible to not lose those key players.

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


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