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Public Skate: NHL 2021 Expansion Draft for the Seattle Kraken

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The Krak-heads are stealin’ players! Let’s all get mad about it in here!

Future Home Of NHL Team Seattle Kraken Climate Change Arena Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

(Editor's note: We were originally going to publish this tonight for the broadcast, but since all of the picks are leaking early...discuss now!)

Just the Facts:

The Time: 8pm EST

The Place: Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle, Washington. With a broadcast from either Stamford, CT or Los Angeles, CA

Place to Watch: ESPN2, ESPN+, SportsNet, SportsNet NOW

The Stakes: A Boston Bruin will become a Seattle Kraken :(

Expansion Draft Rules:

  • Seattle must choose a minimum of 20 players under contract for the 2021-22 regular season and those with an aggregate Expansion Draft value that is between 60-100 percent of the prior season’s upper limit for the salary cap.
  • The Kraken cannot buy out players chosen in the Expansion Draft earlier than the summer following its first season.
  • The list of protected/unprotected players, at least for the Bruins, is here
  • Players with potential career-ending injuries who have missed more than the previous 60 consecutive games (or who otherwise have been confirmed to have a career-threatening injury) may not be used to satisfy a team’s player exposure requirements unless approval is received from the NHL. Such players also may be deemed exempt from selection.

Alright! We’re here at the Expansion Draft at last! Let’s see where this goes.

And what’s on tap?