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Expansion Draft Woe's - Who To Protect


The Buffalo Sabres now have another problem facing them in the upcoming off season, and that is who will they protect if they are faced with an expansion draft for one or two teams entering the National Hockey League in 2014?

Right now Gary Bettman is pushing for at least one team to enter the league in 2014 – with Seattle being the rumored front runner.

With the problem of resigning or trading Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek still on the table, those two players factor heavily on the decisions the team makes on the future.

Obviously what plays out this year will weigh heavily on the teams decisions on who to protect to maintain.

The last NHL expansion draft saw the Buffalo Sabres lose four players – all to the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 200 expansion draft.  Goalie Dwayne Roloson and forward Geoff Sanderson were selected by Columbus to start playing.  The Buffalo Sabres also traded Jean-Luc Grand-Pierre and Matt Davidson to the Columbus Blue Jackets during the expansion draft.  Buffalo also sent two fifth round draft picks to the Blue Jackets.  Minnesota selected no members of the Buffalo Sabres organization.

In the 2000 draft, teams were allowed to protect either one goaltender, five defensemen, and nine forwards or two goaltenders, three defensemen, and seven forwards.   At least one defenseman and two forwards left unprotected had to have appeared in a certain number of NHL games the previous season.

It is still a year away – but who is going to be protected by the Buffalo Sabres?

Tags: Buffalo Sabres Expansion Draft

  • Jes

    so rookies and so on would be automatically safe?

    • Timothy Redinger

      There is no protection if they play a minimum number of games. The team can only protect so many players. The limit comes in when you look at the unprotected list. According to the 2000 expansion draft, at least one defenseman and two forwards on the unprotected list had to have played more than 40 games. I think if a player has an NHL contract they are fair game for the expansion draft.

      • wolfdoctor

        I guess I’m still a little confused. Are all of our prospects signed and playing in Rochester available to be picked unless we protect them?

        • Jes

          if so that’s retarded.

          • Jes

            My new list would then be…

            Goalie
            - Enroth

            Defensemen
            - Myers
            - Ehrhoff
            - Pysyk
            - Weber
            - Ristolainen

            Forwards
            - Grigorenko
            - Hodgson
            - Ennis
            - Ott (if he resigns)
            - Kaleta
            - Foligno
            - Flynn
            - Girgensons
            - Armia

          • wolfdoctor

            I might want Larsson and Catenacci over Ott (old) and Kaleta.

  • wolfdoctor

    Hopefully the league will be specific about the rules before the season starts. The rules will dictate how many games to play certain players.

    • Timothy Redinger

      2000 expansion rules dictated 40 games in previous season.

      • wolfdoctor

        So if you play fewer than 40 games you are automatically protected?

        • Timothy Redinger

          No – the team can protect a certain number of players. According to the 2000 Expansion draft, which will probably be mirrored, at least one defenseman and two forwards on the unprotected list had to have played at least 40 games in the previous season. No one is automatically protected.

          • wolfdoctor

            So if Risto only plays 10 games then we better protect him otherwise we risk losing him?

  • Thomas Eric

    This isn’t fair at all lol took a while to stock pile this talent