* Clubs will have two options for players they wish to protect in the Expansion Draft:*
a) Seven forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender
b) Eight skaters (forwards/defensemen) and one goaltender
* All players who have currently effective and continuing "No Movement" clauses at the time of the Expansion Draft (and who to decline to waive such clauses) must be protected (and will be counted toward their club's applicable protection limits).
* All first- and second-year professionals, as well as all unsigned draft choices, will be exempt from selection (and will not be counted toward their club's applicable protection limits).
Player Exposure Requirements
* All Clubs must meet the following minimum requirements regarding players exposed for selection in the Expansion Draft:
i) One defenseman who is a) under contract in 2017-18 and b) played in 40 or more NHL games the prior season OR played in 70 or more NHL games in the prior two seasons.
ii) Two forwards who are a) under contract in 2017-18 and b) played in 40 or more NHL games the prior season OR played in 70 or more NHL games in the prior two seasons.
iii) One goaltender who is under contract in 2017-18 or will be a restricted free agent at the expiration of his current contract immediately prior to 2017-18.
Rangers that must be protected automatically (No trade/No Movement clauses in contract)
- Henrik Lundqvist (G)
- Rick Nash (F)
- Dan Girardi (D)
- Marc Staal (D)
Rangers that are exempt from the draft (less than 2 years in the NHL)
- Pavel Buchnevich (F)
- Jimmy Vesey (F)
- Oscar Lindberg*(F)
- Brady Skjei (D)
Rangers that are eligible for draft
- Derek Stepan (F)
- Chris Kreider (F)
- Mats Zuccarello (F)
- J.T. Miller (F)
- Kevin Hayes (F)
- Mika Zibanejad (F)
- Michael Grabner (F)
- Jesper Fast (F)
- Oscar Lindberg (F)
- Brandon Pirri (F)
- Ryan McDonagh (D)
- Kevin Klein (D)
- Nick Holden (D)
- Antti Ranta (G)