"Please not an expansion team!"
Recently, the SB Nation hockey folks began a mock expansion draft, mainly to kill some time before the season begins I assume. The first step was polling fans and seeing which cities should get the two teams. Any guesses as to which two teams won? Hint: they've both already had a franchise that have moved!
The full results of the poll:
1. Winnipeg -- 28%, 653 votes
2. Quebec City -- 24%, 560 votes
3. Seattle -- 19%, 434 votes
4. Hamilton -- 11%, 250 votes
5. Portland -- 8%, 181 votes
Winnipeg and Quebec City earned the two teams (that will eventually move and establish a second team in Phoenix and Colorado each) and Gabriel Desjardins of Behind the Net (who, by the way, does excellent work and shame on you for not going there more) and the ever awesome James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail will be the GMs for these two teams. Gabe will pick the players for the Winnipeg franchise while Mirtle selects for the Quebec City.
So, I got to play the role of a general manager in a post-apocalyptic world and choose who the Red Wings would protect. Why do I say in a post-apocalyptic world? Because the apocalypse is likely to happen before the NHL ever expands to more than the number of teams there are now. But I digress.
Check after the jump for the stipulations on who we could protect, who was automatically protected, and how the whole thing worked out.
Here's a summary of who would be exempt based on their lack of NHL experience:
Each team must leave unprotected at least one defenseman who appeared in 40 games last season OR 70 games in the last two seasons combined.
Each team must leave unprotected at least two forwards who appeared in 40 games last season OR 70 games in the last two seasons combined.
Players who have played in 49 or fewer games are automatically exempt and do not need to be protected.
We were given the option to protect either of these options:
- 1 goalie, 5 defensemen, 9 forwards
- 2 goalies, 3 defensemen, 7 forwards