Whowever, there was a 17-year gap between the Columbus blue jackets and Minnesota Savage being presented as NHL expansion teams and the introduction in 2017 of the Las Vegas Golden Knights, the NHL welcomes another new team to the league in 2021, with the Seattle Kraken ready to participate in the extension project.
the Kraken will play their first season in the 2021/22 campaign and will join the Pacific Division of the Western Conference. it will be the first time Seattle has an NHL franchise since Seattle totem poles dissolved in 1975, but in order to determine the Kraken, they will be needed to participate in the extension draft.
What is the NHL expansion draft?
As part of the process of bringing an expansion team into the NHL, teams are allowed to protect some of their best players, but they must submit a list of players they are prepared to lose. This is often useful for teams that have a player whose salary is well above their actual performance levels, as it gives them the opportunity to lose the player without any tax penalties.
Seattle must draft a minimum of 14 forwards, nine defenders and three goalkeepers, as they will choose a total of 30 players.
The current NHL salary cap is a high of $ 81.5 million and a low of $ 48.9 million. the Kraken must take between 60 and 100 percent of the cap with their choices.
A player has already been signed by the team and this is the center Luc Henman, However, the Kraken shall take one player from each NHL team, with the exception of the Golden Knights.
When will the NHL expansion draft take place?
The project will take place on July 21, 2021 at Gas Works Park in Seattle and will be televised in the United States and Canada.
Coverage will begin at 8:00 p.m. EDT on ESPN2 in the US, while Canadian viewers will have to tune into Sportsnet or SN NOW.
Which NHL players are available?
With the Kraken in the hope of following in the footsteps of Golden Knights and build a competitive squad right away, it’s worth watching some of the more eye-catching players who haven’t been protected by their teams. They are as follows:
- Carey Price (Goalkeeper) Montreal Canadiens
- Vladimir Tarasenko (Forward) Blues de Saint-Louis
- PK Subban (Defender) New Jersey Devils
- Tuukka Rask (Goalkeeper) Boston Bruins
- Ondrej Palat (Formerly) Tampa Bay Lightning
- Jonathan Drouin (forward) Montreal Canadiens