|2021 NHL Expansion Draft|
|Date(s)||July 21, 2021|
|Location||Gas Works Park|
|League||National Hockey League|
|Expansion team||Seattle Kraken|
The 2021 NHL Expansion Draft was an expansion draft that was conducted by the National Hockey League on July 21, 2021, to fill the roster of the league's expansion team for the 2021–22 season, the Seattle Kraken.
On December 4, 2017, the Seattle City Council voted 7–1 to approve a memorandum of understanding between the city of Seattle and the Los Angeles–based Oak View Group, co-founded by Tim Leiweke, for renovations of KeyArena. On December 7, the NHL's board of governors agreed to consider an expansion application from Seattle, with an expansion fee set at US$650 million. The Seattle ownership group was represented by David Bonderman and Jerry Bruckheimer, who conducted a preliminary season ticket drive to gauge interest in Seattle.
On February 13, 2018, the Oak View Group filed an application with the NHL for an expansion team and paid a US$10 million application fee. At the time, the earliest the team could have begun playing was the 2020–21 season, pending the completion of arena renovations.
On October 2, 2018, the NHL Executive Committee unanimously agreed to recommend the expansion bid to a vote of the Board of Governors in December. The NHL Board of Governors voted unanimously to approve Seattle's expansion team on December 4, 2018.
Seattle followed the same rules for the draft as the Vegas Golden Knights in the 2017 NHL Expansion Draft, with the provision that Vegas was exempted from losing a player in exchange for forgoing a share of the Kraken's expansion fee. The 30 other teams submitted their lists of protected players on July 17, and they had to expose at least two forwards and one defenseman who were under contract for the 2021–22 season and played in at least 27 games in the 2020–21 season, or more than 54 games in the 2019–20 and 2020–21 seasons combined. Teams also had to expose a goaltender under contract for the 2021–22 season or who would be a restricted free agent (with a qualifying offer received) in 2021. Players who made their professional debuts in North America in the 2019–20 or 2020–21 seasons werere not eligible to be picked, and such players were not needed be protected from expansion.
At least twenty of the thirty players selected by Seattle had to be under contract for the 2021–22 season, and the team was required to select a minimum of fourteen forwards, nine defensemen, and three goaltenders. Furthermore, the 2021–22 salaries of the thirty players selected (as measured in terms of what is counted against the salary cap, otherwise colloquially known as the "cap hit") had to add up to between 60% and 100% of the 2020–21 salary cap (i.e., the full nominal cap, not the prorated cap for the shortened 56-game season that was played). Seattle was granted a 48-hour window prior to the draft to sign any unprotected pending free agent (restricted or unrestricted, one per team). Teams that lost a player to Seattle during the signing window did not have a player selected from its roster during this draft as the signed player counted as Seattle's selection.
Teams were required to protect any contracted players with no move clauses (NMCs) with one of the team's slots for protected players, unless:
- The contract expired on July 28, 2021, in which case the NMC was considered void for the draft.
- The player with an NMC continuing past July 28, 2021, was deemed to have a career-threatening injury and is thus declared exempt from selection and use of a protection slot.
- The player with an NMC waived his no-movement clause for the expansion draft.
Any player picked in the expansion draft cannot have his contract bought out until after the completion of the 2021–22 season.
The protected players' list was published on July 18, 2021.
Italics: Players protected for contractual reasons.
All 30 draft picks were submitted at once; they were announced in alphabetical order of teams in each division from east to west.
The Seattle Kraken made no trades for concessions in exchange for selecting certain players.
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- "Bettman says NHL will consider Seattle expansion bid", December 7, 2017.
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- "Seattle applies for NHL expansion team", February 13, 2018.
- Baker, Geoff. "Seattle group files application for NHL expansion team to play at KeyArena", February 13, 2018.
- Kimelman, Adam. "Seattle expansion bid recommended for NHL Board of Governors vote", October 2, 2018.
- "NHL executive committee unanimously recommends forwarding Seattle expansion bid to December vote", October 2, 2018.
- National Hockey League approves expansion team in Seattle (December 4, 2018).
- Seattle 2021 NHL Expansion Draft rules same as Golden Knights followed (July 23, 2020).
- How the NHL expansion draft will work for the Seattle Kraken: Schedule, format, rules, players available (July 14, 2021).
- Nine teams with interesting conundrums ahead of Seattle expansion draft (April 27, 2021).
- Barr, John (June 22, 2021). "Seattle Kraken Expansion Draft injury exemption list". Sound of Hockey. Retrieved on July 7, 2021.
- NHL announces protected list for 2021 NHL Expansion Draft (en-US).
|Founded in 2021 Based in Seattle, Washington|
|History||Ice hockey in Seattle - Seattle Metropolitans - Seattle Totems - Seattle Thunderbirds|
|Arena||Climate Pledge Arena|
|Affiliates||AHL: Charlotte Checkers Palm Springs AHL team (2022-23)
|Media||Root Sports Northwest - KJR (AM) - KJAQ|
|National Hockey League drafts|
|NHL Amateur Draft (1963–1978)||1963 - 1964 - 1965 - 1966 - 1967 - 1968 - 1969 - 1970 - 1971 - 1972 - 1973 - 1974 - 1975 - 1976 - 1977 - 1978|
|NHL Entry Draft (1979–present)||1979 - 1980 - 1981 - 1982 - 1983 - 1984 - 1985 - 1986 - 1987 - 1988 - 1989 - 1990 - 1991 - 1992 - 1993 - 1994 - 1995 - 1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006 - 2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2010 - 2011 - 2012 - 2013 - 2014 - 2015 - 2016 - 2017 - 2018 - 2019 - 2020 - 2021|
|NHL Supplemental Drafts (1986–1994)||1986 - 1987 - 1988 - 1989 - 1990 - 1991 - 1992 - 1993 - 1994|
|NHL Expansion and Dispersal Drafts||* 1967 - 1970 - 1972 - 1974 - 1978 - 1979 - 1991 - 1992 - 1993 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000 - 2017 - 2021|
|Entry Draft broadcasters|
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