New Rules Will Effect The Kraken
We are one step closer to hockey everyone! Some new rules and scheduling have been announced by the NHL which paint a much clearer picture as to what to expect for the Seattle Expansion Draft.
We won't be playing any games this season so here are the dates we care about:
February 1st: NHL teams can start to ask that players waive their NMC for the Expansion Draft
Pretty self explanatory here. Any players that currently have a NMC (not to be confused with a NTC) must be protected by their respective teams for the Expansion Draft. Someone such as Lucic in Calgary may agree to waive their NMC, either because they would be fine being selected by Seattle, or they believe that even if they were exposed that Seattle would not select them.
This begins on February 1st and will continue leading up the the Expansion Draft.
We have an official date for the Expansion Draft..... July 21st will see the roster of our Seattle Kraken revealed. The Draft (which Seattle will be a part of) will take place two days later on the 23rd and 24th with Free Agency beginning on the 28th.
In addition, the shortened schedule also effects Protection Rules and Exposure Requirements.
Originally the rules for Exposure were as followed. Each team needed to expose:
2 Forwards and 1 Defenseman that played either 40+ games in 20/21 or 70+ games between the 19/20 and 20/21 season.
With a shortened 56 game schedule those numbers have been altered.
The 40 game requirement for the 20/21 season has now become 27 games
The 70+ game requirement has become 54GP
The Injury threshold of 60+ consecutive games has become 41GP.
This last one is an important factor. My understanding of this is a player like Oscar Klefbom of the Edmonton Oilers will not be eligible to be selected should he miss this season. This and other players that may fall into this category will be examined on this blog.
These rule changes could ultimately effect the Kraken for the worst as this may allow some teams to expose lesser players that meet these lesser requirements. I look forward to covering each team once more with you all in the New Year.
Thanks for reading!