NHL Expansion Draft

Hockey hasn’t quite escaped us yet! We have the expansion draft coming up. I’m getting excited for this. With how Vegas got started I’m sure Seattle has high expectations. The thing is, that won’t matter as there will be so many fans of that team no matter what!!! It took me until now to do this but the folks over at capfriendly allow you to build an expansion team. I will say this is more difficult than you would think, with the stipulations. One other thing I noticed is a lot of bloated contracts. You can’t have all the “good” players. And I’m still not sure “side deals” haven’t taken place. With that being said, I’ll lead with a couple consensus picks it seems everybody is taking. After those I feel you are on your own. Good luck and have fun with it!!!

Consensus Picks
CGY Flames – It appears as if Mark Giordano would most certainly be on the Kraken. A solid veteran player with leadership ability to get your team started on the right track. Likely the first CPT of the team as well.

CAR Hurricanes – This will likely be Dougie Hamiliton. The problem here is they will have to sign him but he still has other options. We might see SEA overpay or not take him. If they don’t at least try that would be a mistake. All the other CAR guys worth taking have a “high” cap hit.

CLB Blue Jackets – This one comes with risk but I find it hard to believe SEA won’t take a chance on Max Domi. Only issue could be his 5.3 mil cap hit.

MIN Wild – Kaapo Kähkönen is the only one that makes sense here after the Wild found a way to protect Dumba with the buyouts of Parise & Suter.

STL Blues – Vlad Tarasenko is the easiest pick in this draft IMO. He wants out, 7.5 mil is “reasonable” for him, and he’s a goal scorer! Injuries would be the only concern.

TB Lightning – This comes with an asterisk… It will be one of Gourde (seemingly most likely), Palat, or Killorn. Pick your poison and move on.

VAN Canucks – Braden Holtby needs a new start and appears VAN has moved to Demko. Reasonable #1 G cap hit of 4.3 mil.

WPG Jets – Mason Appleton 900K “steal” and really the only one worth it on WPG

Likely Pick
CHI Blackhawks – There roster is depleted and they already moved Keith. Not much on the bone here. He’s been moved early and often but it’s Malcomb Subban.

DET Red Wings – Every mock I’ve seen is Troy Stecher. As a DET fan I might disagree but see the appeal of a 1.7 mil top 4/6 D. (my pick would be/is different)

MON Canadiens – Carey Price The only reason this isn’t consensus is because the cap hit of 10.5 mil. Appears they are taking a big gamble here expecting SEA not to take him. There was no “going away” party (or at least that’s kind of how I heard it put on NHL radio).

NY Rangers – Looks like they found a way to protect all the “necessities”. So adios Colin Blackwell (only player even close to worth it and that might be a stretch).

PHI Flyers – I keep seeing JVR everywhere. I know vets are popular players and picks but that 7 mil cap hit is rough!

My Draft #1

FORWARDS (17) TERMS POS STATUS AGE 2021-22 2022-23 2023-24 2024-25 2025-26 2026-27 2027-28

St. Louis Blues Tarasenko, Vladimir NTC RW NHL 29 $7,500,000 $7,500,000

New York Islanders Eberle, Jordan M-NTC RW NHL 31 $5,500,000 $5,500,000 $5,500,000

Columbus Blue Jackets Domi, Max C, LW NHL 26 $5,300,000

Tampa Bay Lightning Killorn, Alex M-NTC LW NHL 31 $4,450,000 $4,450,000

New Jersey Devils Johnsson, Andreas LW, RW NHL 26 $3,400,000 $3,400,000

Nashville Predators Järnkrok, Calle LW, C, RW NHL 29 $2,000,000

Arizona Coyotes Pitlick, Tyler RW NHL 29 $1,750,000

Florida Panthers Acciari, Noel M-NTC RW, C NHL 29 $1,666,667

Edmonton Oilers Turris, Kyle C NHL 31 $1,650,000

Winnipeg Jets Appleton, Mason RW, C NHL 25 $900,000

San Jose Sharks Nieto, Matt LW, RW IR 28 $850,000 $850,000

Toronto Maple Leafs Spezza, Jason C, RW NHL 38 $750,000

Dallas Stars Kero, Tanner C, LW NHL 28 $750,000 $750,000

New York Rangers Blackwell, Colin C, RW NHL 28 $725,000

Montreal Canadiens Blandisi, Joseph C Minor 27

Detroit Red Wings Svechnikov, Evgeny LW NHL 24

Los Angeles Kings Athanasiou, Andreas C, LW, RW NHL 26

Roster created at CapFriendly.com | Follow on Twitter @capfriendly
DEFENSE (9) TERMS POS STATUS AGE 2021-22 2022-23 2023-24 2024-25 2025-26 2026-27 2027-28

Calgary Flames Giordano, Mark M-NTC LD NHL 37 $6,750,000

Colorado Avalanche Johnson, Erik M-NTC, NMC RD IR 33 $6,000,000 $6,000,000

Washington Capitals Schultz, Justin RD NHL 31 $4,000,000

Anaheim Ducks Shattenkirk, Kevin M-NTC RD NHL 32 $3,900,000 $3,900,000

Buffalo Sabres Miller, Colin RD NHL 28 $3,875,000

Philadelphia Flyers Hägg, Robert LD NHL 26 $1,600,000

Pittsburgh Penguins Ruhwedel, Chad RD NHL 31 $750,000

Boston Bruins Zboril, Jakub LD NHL 24 $725,000

Carolina Hurricanes Hamilton, Dougie RD NHL 28

GOALTENDERS (4) TERMS POS STATUS AGE 2021-22 2022-23 2023-24 2024-25 2025-26 2026-27 2027-28

Vancouver Canucks Holtby, Braden M-NTC G NHL 31 $4,300,000

Chicago Blackhawks Subban, Malcolm G NHL 27 $850,000

Minnesota Wild Kähkönen, Kaapo Waivers Exempt G NHL 24 $725,000

Ottawa Senators Högberg, Marcus G NHL 26

SALARY CAP $81,500,000 $81,500,000 $81,500,000 $81,500,000 $81,500,000 $81,500,000 $81,500,000
PROJECTED CAP HIT $70,666,667 $32,350,000 $5,500,000 $0 $0 $0 $0
PROJECTED CAP SPACE $10,833,333 $49,150,000 $76,000,000 $81,500,000 $81,500,000 $81,500,000 $81,500,000
ESTIMATED SALARY EXPENDITURE $77,825,000 $29,750,000 $3,750,000 $0 $0 $0 $0
POTENTIAL PERFORMANCE BONUSES The sum of performance bonuses obtainable by players currently listed on the active roster. $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Sorry this might be a little messy but would rather not type it all out lol

Last but not least this will likely be my last blog as RG is disbanding the program. I have enjoyed blogging throughout the years and thank them for the opportunity. So I’ll catch you guys in the forum!

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