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NHL Expansion Draft 2021 for Seattle Kraken Rules Explained, Date, Time and How to Watch

David Kaestle
NHL Expansion Draft for the Seattle Kraken info, rules, date, time and how to watch in 2021.
NHL Expansion Draft for the Seattle Kraken info, rules, date, time and how to watch in 2021. / Jim Bennett/Getty Images
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After a few years of waiting, the Seattle Kraken will finally make their debut as an NHL team in 2021. When a new franchise enters the league, an expansion draft is held to help populate that team with players. On top of giving the newcomer a top pick in the NHL Draft, they will fill out the remainder of their team by selecting players from other squads and free agency.

However, this does come with rules, Seattle won't be able to just add anyone they want from any team.

How Does the NHL Expansion Draft Work?

The Kraken must assemble a team of 30 players. They are allowed to choose players from every team except the Las Vegas Golden Knights due to being a recent addition to the league themselves. Also, the other 30 teams will submit a Protected List of certain players that Seattle cannot choose for their roster.

Who is on Protected List?

Teams can protect seven forwards, three defensemen and one goalie, or just eight skaters and one goalie.

All first- and second-year players are automatically protected and do not count toward the official Protection List. Any player with a no-movement clause in their contract has to be protected and does count toward the Protection List. A player can choose to waive this if they'd like.

When do Protection Lists Need to Be Submitted?

All Protection Lists must be submitted by mid-July and will be revealed by July 18.

Who Will the Seattle Kraken Select in Expansion Draft?

Once the official Protection Lists are submitted by each team, the Kraken will know the pool of players they are allowed to choose from. From that group they must select a minimum of 14 forwards, nine defensemen and three goalies.

When is the NHL Expansion Draft?

The 2021 NHL Expansion Draft picks will be revealed at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, July 21.

How to Watch the NHL Expansion Draft

The NHL Expansion Draft will air on ESPN2.

Seattle Kraken Logo

The Kraken debuted their logo last year along with their uniforms.


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