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Tuesday, June 13
The ins and outs of the Expansion Draft

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On Tuesday, The NHL announced the protected and available lists for each team in preparation for 2000 Expansion Draft, to be held on Friday, June 23 in Calgary. The Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild will select 26 players each in the Expansion Draft, two from each NHL club except the Nashville Predators and Atlanta Thrashers, who played their inaugural NHL seasons in 1998-99 and 1999-2000, respectively.

Each club had two options for protecting players.

  • Up to five defensemen, nine forwards and one goaltender.

  • Up to three defensemen, seven forwards and two goaltenders.

    Each club was required to expose at least the following players who meet the experience requirements indicated below:

    One goalie: For clubs protecting one goaltender, there is no experience requirement. For clubs protecting two goaltenders, the goalies must have played either 10 NHL games in the 1999-2000 season or 25 NHL games over the last two seasons. A goaltender must have played in a minimum of 31 minutes in a game before it would qualify as a game played for these purposes.

    One defenseman: A defenseman must have played either 40 NHL games in the 1999-2000 season or 70 NHL games over the last two seasons.

    Two forwards: A forward must have played either 40 NHL games in the 1999-2000 season or 70 over the last two seasons.

    Exempt from the Expansion Draft are all first- and second-year pros and unsigned draft choices -- except unsigned draft choices drafted from European clubs in the 1996 Entry Draft or before and who remain unsigned.

    The number of players in each category to be selected by Columbus and Minnesota will be at least three goaltenders, eight defensemen and 13 forwards. No club may lose more than one goaltender or one defenseman. A club that loses a goaltender may not lose a defenseman.

    Courtesy of the NHL.

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