NHL presents potential expansion draft plans to its general managers

BOCA RATON, Fla. — NHL fans need not fear the expansion draft.

The NHL presented its plans for a potential expansion draft to GMS on Wednesday morning. Essentially, teams would risk losing one player under a one-team expansion and a pair in a two-team scenario.

Las Vegas and Quebec City, are currently under consideration for expansion. The NHL told GMs if one or both join the league for the 2017-18 season, a decision would need to be reached ahead of the draft in late June.

Teams under the current plan could protect seven forwards, three defencemen and one goaltender or eight skaters and a goaltender. First- and second-year pros in any league are automatically exempt.

The NHL wants to ensure any new entities have the opportunity to become competitive immediately.

The NHL last held an expansion draft in 2000 when Columbus and Minnesota joined the league. Twenty-six of 28 teams (newly admitted Atlanta and Nashville had their entire rosters protected) were permitted to protect either one goaltender, five defencemen, and nine forwards or two goaltenders, three defencemen and seven forwards.

The first six picks were goaltenders, including Rick Tabaracci and Jamie McLennan first and second overall.

It was the third straight year the NHL held an expansion draft as in 1998 and '99 the Predators and Thrashers were added as the league's 27th and 28th teams.

The Canadian Press

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