Wednesday, June 18, 2014

1998 NHL Expansion Draft

As I explained in my post about the 1992 NHL Expansion, at a Board of Governors meeting in December, 1989 the National Hockey League decided to expand from 21 member clubs to 28 by the turn of the century. They added a team in 1991, another two in 1992, two more in 1993: five down, two to go.

The next round of expansion began in the fall of 1996. Eleven prospective ownership groups from nine different cities made formal applications for an NHL expansion franchise. Groups from Hamilton, Norfolk (Virginia), Oklahoma City and three from Houston were unsuccessful in convincing the NHL's expansion committee that they merited franchises, while four bids were accepted and conditional franchises were awarded to groups in Atlanta, Columbus (Ohio), St. Paul and Nashville on June 25, 1997. (The eleventh bid from a group in Raleigh, North Carolina was withdrawn early due to stalled negotiations over the building of a new arena there. In May of 1997 Peter Karmanos, owner of the Hartford Whalers, announced that his team was relocating to North Carolina to begin play in the fall of '97; the Carolina Hurricanes played at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro for two seasons until the new arena in Raleigh was completed.) The NHL met its goal of having 28 member clubs by 2000.

The four new franchises wouldn't all begin playing at the same time. Columbus and St. Paul would begin play in 2000, Atlanta in 1999 and Nashville in 1998. Nashville would go first, only a year after the announcement, because their new arena was already built and open. (Philips Arena in Atlanta broke ground 20 days before the expansion announcement. The new arenas in Columbus and St. Paul wouldn't break ground until 1998.)

It didn't take Nashville owner Craig Leipold long to begin assembling his hockey operations staff. David Poile, long-time general manager of the Washington Capitals, was hired to the same position in Nashville on July 9, 1997. Head coach Barry Trotz and assistant coach Paul Gardner were hired less than a month later; they had filled the same positions with the Portland Pirates of the AHL, top affiliate of the Capitals. After the team's logo was revealed in September they held a "name the team" contest: they would be known as the Nashville Predators.

The Rules of the Draft


The rules of the 1998 Expansion Draft were similar to the rules of the draft in 1993 with a few changes.

In 1993 the existing clubs were allowed to protect one goaltender, five defencemen and nine forwards, which had significant ramifications on their rosters. In the weeks leading up to the 1993 Expansion Draft several trades involving goaltenders were made in order for the existing teams to better position themselves to stem their losses due to the draft. John Vanbiesbrouck, Ron Hextall, Mark Fitzpatrick, Stephane Beauregard, Jimmy Waite, Peter Sidorkiewicz and Craig Billington were among the goalies moved (Vanbiesbrouck and Fitzpatrick were chosen in the draft).

It was decided that in the 1998, 1999 and 2000 drafts the existing clubs would be allowed protect the same number of players as they had in 1993 or they could choose to protect two goaltenders, three defencemen and seven forwards instead. They could enjoy the privilege of protecting two goaltenders at the expense of leaving more defencemen and forwards exposed.

It was known that there would be an expansion draft in 1999 for the Atlanta Thrashers so the existing clubs were afforded a couple more small concessions in 1998: if they lost a goaltender in 1998 they would be exempt from losing one in the 1999 draft, and they would be allowed to each protect an additional forward or defenceman in 1998. (In effect the teams had the option of protecting one goaltender, five defencemen and ten forwards; one goalie, six defencemen and nine forwards; two goalies, three defencemen and eight forwards; or two goalies, four defencemen and seven forwards.) First and second year players were exempt, as were unsigned North American entry draft choices. Unsigned European draft choices from the 1994 Entry Draft and earlier drafts were eligible for claim.

The existing clubs were compelled to expose players with minimum levels of NHL experience as well, as they had been in the 1993 draft. Each would have to expose at least one defenceman and two forwards with a minimum of 40 games played in the NHL in 1997-98 or 75 games over the course of the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons. The goaltender requirements would depend on whether the existing club was protecting one or two goalies. If the team protected a pair of goalies it had to expose one that had played in 10 games in 1997-98 or 25 over the course of 1996-97 and 1997-98. (A "game" in this case was considered to mean any game in which a goalie played for at least 31 minutes.) If the existing club protected only one goalie they did not have to expose a goalie with NHL experience.

The Predators would choose only one player from each of the existing clubs, a total of 26: three goaltenders, eight defencemen, thirteen forwards and two more players from any other position. In the days leading up to the draft David Poile told the media he would use those two 'extra' picks on goaltenders.

The draft was nominally held Friday, June 26, 1998 but there was no real set time. It wasn't really a draft per se because the Predators were the only ones participating. From midnight on the morning of Friday the 19th (the time a trade freeze went into effect) to the time of the news conference at Marine Midland Arena in Buffalo on Friday the 26th David Poile had free reign to negotiate who he would take from each of the existing clubs. Poile didn't have to worry about competing with another club for expansion draft selections so he could concentrate on finding precisely who he wanted from each of the existing clubs, or he could negotiate considerations from the other clubs in exchange for not picking certain players. Friday the 26th was really just the date of the press conference to announce the selections and was the day the 'official' transactions were filed with the NHL Central Registry.

Protected Lists

A league-wide trade freeze occurred between midnight Friday, June 19 and immediately following the draft on Friday June 26th. The protected lists were filed by the end of the day on Sunday the 21st.

Mighty Ducks of AnaheimBoston BruinsBuffalo SabresCalgary Flames
Goaltenders
Guy HebertByron DafoeDominik HasekKen Wregget
Patrick LalimeRobbie Tallas  
Defencemen
Dave KarpaRay BourqueDarryl ShannonTommy Albelin
Jason MarshallKyle McLarenRichard SmehlikJamie Allison
Jamie PushorDon SweeneyMike WilsonSami Helenius
Pavel TrnkaDarren Van ImpeJason WoolleyCale Hulse
  Alexei ZhitnikTodd Simpson
Forwards
Travis GreenJason AllisonDonald AudetteValeri Bure
Paul KariyaRob DiMaioMatthew BarnabyAndrew Cassels
Josef MarhaTed DonatoCurtis BrownNils Ekman
Jim McKenzieSteve HeinzeMichal GrosekTheoren Fleury
Jeff NielsenDmitri KhristichBrian HolzingerLadislav Kohn
Steve RucchinTim TaylorMike PecaMarty McInnis
Teemu SelanneLandon WilsonDerek PlanteMichael Nylander
  Wayne PrimeauDave Roche
  Geoff SandersonCory Stillman
  Miroslav SatanJason Wiemer
Carolina HurricanesChicago BlackhawksColorado AvalancheDallas Stars
Goaltenders
Trevor KiddJeff HackettPatrick RoyEd Belfour
Defencemen
Adam BurtChris CheliosAdam FooteShawn Chambers
Steve ChiassonCam RussellJon KlemmSergey Gusev
Kevin HallerGary SuterSylvain LefebvreDerian Hatcher
Curtis LeschyshynMichal SykoraAaron MillerRichard Matvichuk
Nolan PrattEric WeinrichSandis OzolinshDarryl Sydor
Glen Wesley  Sergei Zubov
Forwards
Nelson EmersonTony AmonteRene CorbetBob Bassen
Martin GelinasEric DazéAdam DeadmarshMike Keane
Stu GrimsonSteve DubinskyShean DonovanJamie Langenbrunner
Sami KapanenChad KilgerPeter ForsbergJere Lehtinen
Robert KronSergei KrivokrasovKeith JonesGrant Marshall
Jeff O'NeillEthan MoreauValeri KamenskyMike Modano
Keith PrimeauBob ProbertEric LacroixJoe Nieuwendyk
Gary RobertsJeff ShantzClaude LemieuxBrian Skrudland
Ray SheppardAlexei ZhamnovJoe SakicPat Verbeek
  Stephane Yelle
Detroit Red WingsEdmonton OilersFlorida PanthersLos Angeles Kings
Goaltenders
Chris OsgoodEric FichaudKevin WeekesStephane Fiset
   Jamie Storr
Defencemen
Anders ErikssonDrake BerehowskyEd JovanovskiAki Berg
Yan GolubovskyGreg de VriesPaul LausRob Blake
Nicklas LidstromRoman HamrlikGord MurphyMattias Norstrom
Larry MurphyBoris MironovRobert SvehlaSean O'Donnell
Aaron WardReijo RuotsalainenRhett Warrener
Forwards
Mathieu DandenaultJosef BeranekDino CiccarelliMatt Johnson
Kris DraperKelly BuchbergerRadek DvorakIan Laperriere
Sergei FederovBill GuerinViktor KozlovGlen Murray
Vyacheslav KozlovMats LindgrenBill LindsayYanic Perreault
Martin LapointeTodd MarchantScott MellanbyLuc Robitaille
Igor LarionovDean McAmmondDavid NemirovskyJozef Stumpel
Kirk MaltbyRem MurrayRob NiedermayerVladimir Tsyplakov
Darren McCartyRyan SmythSteve Washburn 
Brendan ShanahanDoug WeightChris Wells 
Steve YzermanValeri ZelepukinRay Whitney
Montreal CanadiensNew Jersey DevilsNew York IslandersNew York Rangers
Goaltenders
Jocelyn ThibaultMartin BrodeurTommy SaloRobb Stauber
Defencemen
Patrice BriseboisBrad BombardirBryan BerardJeff Beukeboom
Vladimir MalakhovKen DaneykoZdeno CharaEric Cairns
Dave MansonScott NiedermayerKenny JonssonMaxim Galanov
Stephane QuintalLyle OdeleinScott LachanceAlexander Karpovtsev
Craig RivetScott StevensRich PilonBrian Leetch
Igor Ulanov  Ulf Samuelsson
Forwards
Shayne CorsonSergei BrylinMariusz CzerkawskiAdam Graves
Vincent DamphoussePatrik EliasJason DaweWayne Gretzky
Saku KoivuBobby HolikTrevor LindenTodd Harvey
Mark RecchiRandy McKaySergei NemchinovAlexei Kovalev
Martin RucinskyKrzysztof OliwaGino OdjickPat LaFontaine
Brian SavageDenis PedersonZigmund PalffyDarren Langdon
Turner StevensonBrian RolstonRobert ReichelKevin Stevens
Scott ThorntonVadim SharifijanovJoe SaccoNiklas Sundstrom
 Petr SykoraBryan Smolinski 
Ottawa SenatorsPhiladelphia FlyersPhoenix CoyotesPittsburgh Penguins
Goaltenders
Damian RhodesRon HextallNikolai KhabibulinTom Barrasso
Defencemen
Radim BicanekDave BabychKeith CarneyKevin Hatcher
Igor KravchukEric DesjardinsGerald DiduckDarius Kasparaitis
Janne LaukkanenJeff LankJason DoigJiri Slegr
Stanislav NeckarLuke RichardsonTeppo NumminenChris Tamer
Lance PitlickPetr SvobodaDeron QuintBrad Werenka
Jason YorkChris TherienOleg Tverdovsky 
Forwards
Daniel AlfredssonRod Brind'amourBob CorkumStu Barnes
Radek BonkAlexandre DaigleJim CumminsRon Francis
Phil CroweChris GrattonShane DoanJaromir Jagr
Bruce GardinerTrent KlattDallas DrakeRobert Lang
Shawn McEachernJohn LeclairJ.F. JompheMario Lemieux
Chris MurrayEric LindrosJeremy RoenickIan Moran
Vaclav ProspalMike ManelukCliff RonningPetr Nedved
Shaun Van AllenShjon PodeinKeith TkachukMartin Straka
Alexei YashinMike SillingerRick TocchetGerman Titov
   Tyler Wright
St. Louis BluesSan Jose SharksTampa Bay LightningToronto Maple Leafs
Goaltenders
Grant FuhrSteve ShieldsBill RanfordFelix Potvin
 Mike Vernon  
Defencemen
Marc BergevinBill HoulderEnrico CicconeDavid Cooper
Al MacInnisBryan MarchmentCory CrossSylvain Côté
Chris McAlpineMarcus RagnarssonJassen CullimoreMathieu Schneider
Rudy PoeschekMike RathjeKarl DykhuisJason Smith
Chris Pronger David WilkieYannick Tremblay
Jamie Rivers  Dimitri Yushkevich
Forwards
Jim CampbellShawn BurrMikael AnderssonLonny Bohonos
Kelly ChaseJeff FriesenCraig JanneyNathan Dempsey
Craig ConroyJohn MacLeanSandy McCarthyTie Domi
Pavol DemitraStephane MatteauAndrei NazarovDarby Hendrickson
Scott PellerinJoe MurphyBrent PetersonKris King
Pascal RhéaumeOwen NolanMikael RenbergIgor Korolev
Pierre TurgeonMike RicciStephane RicherSteve Sullivan
Tony Twist Alexander SelivanovMats Sundin
  Darcy TuckerTodd Warriner
  Rob Zamuner 
Vancouver CanucksWashington Capitals
Goaltenders
Corey HirschOlaf Kolzig
Defencemen
Bret HedicanSergei Gonchar
Jamie HuscroftCalle Johansson
Jyrki LummeKen Klee
Chris McAllisterJoe Reekie
Bryan McCabeMark Tinordi
Jason StrudwickBrendan Witt
Forwards
Todd BertuzziCraig Berube
Donald BrashearPeter Bondra
Pavel BureJoe Juneau
Brad MaySteve Konowalchuk
Mark MessierAndrei Nikolishin
Alexander MogilnyAdam Oates
Markus NaslundMichal Pivonka
Dave ScatchardChris Simon
Peter ZezelRichard Zednik

Available Players


In the days leading up to the expansion draft the existing clubs made a few trades. Some noteworthy trades:

  • Marian Cisar traded from the Kings to the Predators for future considerations on June 1 (making Marian Cisar the very first Nashville Predator)
  • Craig Janney from the Coyotes to the Lightning for Louie Debrusk and a 5th round pick in the 1998 Entry Draft (Jay Leach) on June 11
  • The rights to Josef Beranek from the Penguins to the Oilers for Bobby Dollas and Tony Hrkac on June 16
  • Dave Roche and Ken Wregget from the Penguins to the Flames for Todd Hlushko and German Titov on June 17
And on the 18th, the last day of trading before the draft:
  • Doug Bodger from the Devils to the Kings for a 4th round pick in '98 (Pierre Dagenais)
  • Eric Fichaud from the Islanders to the Oilers for Mike Watt
  • Jean-François Jomphe from the Mighty Ducks to the Coyotes for Jim McKenzie
  • Bill Ranford from the Capitals to the Lightning for a 3rd round pick in '98 (Todd Hornung) and a 2nd round pick in '99 (Michal Sivek)
  • Steve Shields and a 4th round pick in '98 (Miroslav Zalesak) from the Sabres to the Sharks for Kay Whitmore, a 2nd round pick in '98 (Jaroslav Kristek) and a 5th round pick in 2000 (Tyler Kolarik)

As always seemed to be the case at expansion drafts in the 1990s many of the trades before the draft involved goaltenders.

The Oilers acquired goaltender Fichaud because they weren't going to protect Curtis Joseph. Joseph's contract was expiring and although they wanted to keep him it was expected that his salary demands would not be met. (Ultimately Joseph signed a four-year contract worth over $6 million per season with the Maple Leafs in the off-season; he had been making $2.3 million with the Oilers.) Fichaud was young and promising insurance. (Backup Bob Essensa was 33 years old and also a pending unrestricted free agent.)

Similarly the Lightning felt they needed to bolster their goaltending and the Capitals didn't want to lose Ranford in the expansion draft for nothing. The Capitals protected Olaf Kolzig (fresh off a trip to the Stanley Cup finals) and the Lightning protected Ranford, hoping the former starting goalie could improve his play in Tampa and help the team recover from the worst season it had ever had. (Ranford played one year in Tampa and didn't help much.)

The Sabres suspected that backup goalie Steve Shields (who was admirable in relief of Dominik Hasek in the 1997 playoffs) would be chosen by the Predators if he was left exposed so he was dealt to the Sharks instead. At the time the Sharks' goalies, Kelly Hrudey and Mike Vernon, were 36 and 34 years old respectively and Hrudey was a pending free agent (he retired over the summer and became an analyst for Hockey Night in Canada). Shields split time with Vernon in 1998-99 and was named the Sharks' starting goalie in 1999-2000, a position he held briefly until it was usurped by Evgeni Nabokov in 2001.

The Flames acquired Ken Wregget from the Penguins hoping to improve their goaltending in 1998-99; in 1997-98 Rick Tabaracci, Dwayne Roloson and Tyler Moss combined for a league-worst 0.892 save percentage. Wregget was 34 years old and spent most of the 1997-98 season injured, and he did the same in 1998-99. Ultimately Wregget only played 27 games for the Flames in that one season, leaving for Detroit as a free agent in the summer of 1999. The Flames' goaltending in 1998-99 was disastrous until they signed Fred Brathwaite from the Canadian national team mid-season.

Available Players


Mighty Ducks of AnaheimBoston BruinsBuffalo SabresCalgary Flames
Goaltenders
Mikhail ShtalenkovJim CareyKay WhitmoreIIITyler Moss
 Joakim Persson Dwayne RolosonII
   Rick Tabaracci
Defencemen
Drew BannisterIIDean ChynowethBob BoughnerJoel Bouchard
Doug HoudaDave EllettMike HurlbutEric CharronII
Nikolai TsulyginIIGrant LedyardSergei KlimentievIIKevin Dahl
 Dean MalkocIIRumun NdurIIJohan Finnstrom#
 Milt MastadIIShayne WrightKeith McCambridgeII
 Anders MyrvoldII James PatrickIII
 Charles PaquetteII Pavel Rajnoha#
 Barry Richter Dimitri Riabykin#
 Jon Rohloff  
 Andrei Sapozhnikov  
 Yevgeny Shaldybin  
 Andrei YakhanovII  
Forwards
Shawn AntoskiIIKen BaumgartnerRandy BurridgeBobby Brown
Ted DruryP-C DrouinIIPaul KruseIIJim Dowd
Peter LeboutillierIIBill McCauleyIIScott NicholIIAaron Gavey
Eric LecompteIITrent McClearyRob RayVMathias Johansson#
Tommi Miettinen#Kirk NielsenIIDixon WardJorgen Jonsson#
Richard ParkIIAndre RoyII Andreas Karlsson#
Craig ReichertMike Sullivan Valeri Karpov
Tomas Sandstrom  Esa Keskinen#
Brent SeverynIII  Jesper MattssonII
Jeremy Stevenson  Marty MurrayII
Kevin ToddV  Mike PelusoIII
Bob Wren  Ron SternIII
Scott YoungV  Ed Ward
   Sergei Zolotov#
Carolina HurricanesChicago BlackhawksColorado AvalancheDallas Stars
Goaltenders
Mike FountainMarc LamotheIICraig BillingtonIIIMarty Fernandez
Pat JablonskiChris TerreriPetr FranekJordan WillisII
Manny LegaceAndrei TrefilovII  
Defencemen
Joacim Esbjörs#Roger JohanssonAlexei GusarovDan Keczmer
Sean HillAlain NasreddineIIUwe KruppIIICraig LudwigIII
Marek MalikJeff RicciardiPascal TrepanierIICraig MuniIII
Jason McBainIITrent Yawney Evgeny Petrochinin#
Forwards
Kevin BrownIIGreg JohnsonTom FitzgeraldVGreg AdamsIII
Jeff DanielsDavid LingIIMilan Hejduk#Guy CarbonneauIII
Kevin DineenReid SimpsonMikael Johansson#Patrick CoteII
Dimitri Gorenko# Jari KurriIIIPeter DourisIII
Steve Leach Martin LamarcheBenoit HogueIII
Kent Manderville François LerouxIIMike KennedyII
Paul Ranheim Christian MatteIIJeffrey MitchellII
Steven Rice Jeff OdgersDave Reid
Brian SecordII Warren RychelKevin SawyerII
Kevin Smyth  Chris TancillII
Detroit Red WingsEdmonton OilersFlorida PanthersLos Angeles Kings
Goaltenders
Kevin HodsonBob EssensaIIITodd MacDonaldIIFrederic Chabot
Norm MaracleCurtis JosephIIIKirk McLean 
 Jean-François LabbéJohn VanbiesbrouckIII 
 Steve Passmore  
Defencemen
Vyacheslav FetisovIIIAdam BennettChris ArmstrongRuslan BatyrshinII
Jamie MacounLadislav BenysekIITerry CarknerDoug Bodger
Dmitri MironovIIIJason BowenTrevor DoyleIIPhilippe BoucherII
Bob RouseIIIKevin LoweIIIDallas EakinsIIGarry Galley
 Frank MusilIIIJeff NortonJere Karalahti#
 Sami Nuutinen#Wes SwinsonIIJaroslav ModryII
 Alexander ZhurikII Martin Strbak#
   Kimmo Timonen#
   Mark Visheau
   Jan Vopat
   Doug Zmolek
Forwards
Pavel Agarkov#Dennis BonvieIIAshley BuckbergerIIDan Bylsma
Doug BrownJozef CiernyChad CabanaIIRuss Courtnall
Sylvain CloutierIIZdeno CigerDave GagnerRay Ferraro
Brent GilchristDoug FriedmanJohan GarpenlovCraig JohnsonII
Mike KnubleBill HuardKirk MullerNathan LafayetteII
Joey KocurRalph Intranuovo Sandy Moger
Toivo Suursoo#Andrei Kovalenko Jeff ShevalierII
 Barrie MooreII Jukka Tiilikainen#
 Kevin PadenII Tomas Vlasak#
 Martin Reichel# Roman Vopat
 Keijo Sailynoja# Magnus Wernblom#
 Jussi Tarvainen# Vitali YachmenevII
Montreal CanadiensNew Jersey DevilsNew York IslandersNew York Rangers
Goaltenders
Andy MoogMike DunhamWade FlahertyJeff Heil
Tomas VokounRich ShulmistraMark McArthurMike RichterIII
 Peter SidorkiewiczIII Vitali Yeremeyev#
Defencemen
Brad BrownIIKevin DeanJ.J. DaigneaultSylvain Blouin
Steve CheredarykGeordie KinnearDaniel Johansson#Rich Brennan
Brett ClarkVlastimil KroupaChris LuongoBruce DriverIII
Dion DarlingII Dick Tarnstrom#Jeff Finley
Peter PopovicII Dennis VaskeIIKim Johnsson#
Zarley ZalapskiII  Alexander Korobolin#
   Doug LidsterIII
   Geoff Smith
   Lee SorochanII
   Brent Thompson
Forwards
Sebastien BordeleauIIDave AndreychukTom ChorskeBill Berg
Marc BureauIIIEric BertrandIIVladimir Grachev#Shane ChurlaIII
Martin GendronIISteve BruleIIPavel Gross#Bob Errey
Jonas HoglundBob CarpenterPeter Hogardh#Sergei Kondrashkin#
Arto Kuki#Scott DanielsMike HoughRadoslav Kropac#
Oleg PetrovDoug GilmourIIIDane JacksonAlexander Lazarenko#
Patrick PoulinBobby HouseTomas Klimt#Yuri Litvinov#
Peter Strom#Fredrik Lindquist#†Claude LapointePierre SevignyII
Mick VukotaIIISteve ThomasIIIMark LawrenceTim SweeneyIII
 Dody WoodIIKip MillerIIRudolf Vercik#
 Nikolai Zavarukhin#Dan PlanteII 
Ottawa SenatorsPhiladelphia FlyersPhoenix CoyotesPittsburgh Penguins
Goaltenders
Frederic CassiviIISean BurkeIIIScott LangkowIIJean-Sebastien Aubin
Jaroslav Miklenda#Neil LittleHenrik Smangs# 
Ron TugnuttDominic RousselIIJimmy WaiteII 
  Darcy WakalukIII 
Defencemen
Per GustafssonIIArtem Anisimov#‡Murray BaronIIIJonas Andersson-Junkka#
Justin HockingIIFrank BialowasJim JohnsonIIIStefan BergqvistII
Patrick TraversePaul CoffeyNorm MaciverIIIBobby Dollas
 Chris JosephRoger OhmanHans Jonsson#
 Kjell SamuelssonIIIMichel PetitIIIAlexei KrivchenkoII
 Jeff StaplesIIJohn SlaneyFredrik OlaussonIII
 John StevensIlja StashenkovNeil Wilkinson
 Roman Zolotov#  
Forwards
Derek ArmstrongIIIBruce ColesMika Alatalo#Jan Alinc#
Clayton BeddoesCraig DarbyAlexei BudayevIISerge AubinII
Randy CunneyworthIIIJohn DruceLouie DebruskIIRob BrownV
Pat FalloonIIPaul HealeyIIYevgeny Garanin#Joe Dziedzic
Marc LabellePatrik JuhlinMike GartnerIIIAlex Hicks
Denny LambertDan KordicRhett GordonTodd Hlushko
Mike ProkopecIIDaniel LacroixIITavis HansenTony Hrkac
Andry SchneiderJan LipianskyMark JanssensVAndreas JohanssonII
Dennis VialIIShawn McCoshDarin KimbleVMikhail Kazakevich#
Jason ZentJim MontgomeryJocelyn LemieuxJiri Kucera#
Sergei ZholtokIIBrantt MyhresIIScott LevinsIIValentin Morozov#
 Joel OttoIIIRob MurrayEd OlczykIII
  Vladimir Potapov#Domenic PittisII
  Rauli Raitanen#Sean ProngerII
  Darrin ShannonIIRyan Savoia
  Mike StapletonAlek StojanovII
   Mika Valila#
   Garry ValkII
   Boris Zelenko#
St. Louis BluesSan Jose SharksTampa Bay LightningToronto Maple Leafs
Goaltenders
Jamie McLennanJonas Forsberg#Mark FitzpatrickIIGlenn Healy
 Kelly HrudeyIIIDaren Puppa 
 Jason MuzzattiCorey SchwabII 
  Derek Wilkinson 
Defencemen
Steve DuchesneIIIPeter AllenRyan BrownIIMatt MartinII
Rory FitzpatrickIIAl IafrateIIIViktor IgnatjevTommi Rajamaki#
Edwin Frylen#Marty McSorleyIIIMathieu RobyIIGreg Smyth
Todd GillAngel Nikolov#Yves RacineIICraig Wolanin
Alexander GodynyukIIFredrik OduyaII Rob Zettler
Yuri Gunko#David Shaw  
Terry HollingerKen Sutton  
Libor Prochazka#Jason WidmerII  
Terry Virtue   
Forwards
Blair AtcheynumNiklas AnderssonIIJason BonsignoreJamie Baker
Geoff CourtnallIIIJan ColounBrian BradleyWendel ClarkIII
Mike EastwoodMurray CravenIIIPaul BrousseauMikael Hakansson#
Brett HullIIITodd EwenJody HullVDerek King
Chris KenadyAnatoli Firsov#Dimitri Klevakin#Nick KypreosIII
Robert PetrovickyIITony GranatoTroy MalletteIIZdenek NedvedII
Michel PicardDave LowryIIIVladimir VujtekIIIScott Pearson
Shayne ToporowskiIIBernie NichollsIIIPaul Ysebaert 
Darren TurcotteJarrod Skalde  
 Ron Sutter  
 Markus Thuresson#  
 Alexei YegorovII  
Vancouver CanucksWashington Capitals
Goaltenders
Arturs IrbeIIIStephane BeauregardV
Tim KeyesMartin Brochu
Garth SnowII 
Defencemen
Roger Akerstrom#Patrick BoileauII
Adrian AucoinIIJeff BrownIII
Karri Kivi#Phil Housley
Dana MurzynStewart MalgunasII
Bert Robertsson 
Mark WottonII 
ForwardsNotes
Hakan Ahlund#Brian BellowsIIIII—pending Group II restricted free agent
Jevgeni Babariko#Andrew BrunetteIIIII—pending Group III unrestricted free agent
Brandon ConveryMike EaglesV—pending Group V free agent
Larry CourvilleIIDale HunterIII#—unsigned European draft choice
Roger Hansson#Kevin KaminskiII—Fredrik Lindquist changed his name to Fredrik Bremberg in 2003
Tyson NashIITodd KrygierIII—Artem Vyacheslavovich Anisimov, born 1976 in Kazan, USSR
Stefan Nilsson#Mark Major
Brian NoonanIIIKelly Miller
David RobertsJeff Nelson
Steve StaoisIIPat PeakeII
Scott WalkerEsa TikkanenIII
 Jeff TomsII
 Stefan Ustorf

The Draft


PlayerPositionFrom
Mikhail ShtalenkovGoaltenderMighty Ducks of Anaheim
Mike SullivanCentreBoston Bruins
Bob BoughnerDefencemanBuffalo Sabres
Joel BouchardDefencemanCalgary Flames
Jeff DanielsLeft WingCarolina Hurricanes
Greg JohnsonCentreChicago Blackhawks
Uwe KruppDefencemanColorado Avalanche
Patrick CoteLeft WingDallas Stars
Doug BrownRight WingDetroit Red Wings
Doug FriedmanLeft WingEdmonton Oilers
Chris ArmstrongDefencemanFlorida Panthers
Frederic ChabotGoaltenderLos Angeles Kings
Tomas VokounGoaltenderMontreal Canadiens
Mike DunhamGoaltenderNew Jersey Devils
J.J. DaigneaultDefencemanNew York Islanders
Mike RichterGoaltenderNew York Rangers
Denny LambertLeft WingOttawa Senators
Craig DarbyCentrePhiladelphia Flyers
John SlaneyDefencemanPhoenix Coyotes
Tony HrkacCentrePittsburgh Penguins
Blair AtcheynumRight WingSt. Louis Blues
Al IafrateDefencemanSan Jose Sharks
Paul BrousseauForwardTampa Bay Lightning
Rob ZettlerDefencemanToronto Maple Leafs
Scott WalkerRight WingVancouver Canucks
Andrew BrunetteLeft WingWashington Capitals


You'll notice that the Predators' list of selections includes several Group III unrestricted free agents: Al Iafrate, Uwe Krupp and Mike Richter. There's a piece of a trivia that a lot of people probably won't believe: Mike Richter was an original Nashville Predator. The reason why David Poile selected these unrestricted free agents was that under the collective bargaining agreement of the time a team that lost Group III free agents would receive compensatory draft picks for the (net) loss. Poile didn't really want to keep these players, he hoped that they would sign somewhere else for a lot of money. The more a player was paid the higher compensatory draft pick that their former team would receive.

Mike Richter re-signed with the Rangers on July 15, 1998 and the Predators received the 52nd overall pick in the 1999 draft, which they used to select Adam Hall. Uwe Krupp signed with the Red Wings on July 7, 1998 and the Predators received the 67th overall pick in the 1999 draft, which they used to select Jan Lasak. Al Iafrate was signed by the Hurricanes on July 14, 1998. He never played a game for the Hurricanes and announced his retirement September 1. The Predators received nothing for him.

In the hours that followed the expansion draft picks announcement the Predators made a series of trades with a smattering of teams. Most of these trades were pre-arranged: the Predators were being compensated for picking certain players from certain teams, or from not picking certain players from other teams. Most of the compensation going the other way from the Predators was "future considerations".

On the 26th of June, after the draft announcement, the following trades were announced:

  • Flames traded Jim Dowd to the Predators for future considerations
  • Blackhawks traded Sergei Krivokrasov to the Predators for future considerations
  • Kings traded Kimmo Timonen and Jan Vopat to the Predators for future considerations
  • Canadiens traded Sebastien Bordeleau to the Predators for future considerations
  • Flyers traded Dominic Roussel and Jeff Staples to the Predators for a 7th round draft pick in 1998 (Cam Ondrik)
  • Blues traded Darren Turcotte and either the highest compensatory pick they received in the 1999 draft or a 2nd round pick in 2000 (the Blues received the 40th overall pick in 1999 for losing Brett Hull to free agency; this pick was traded to the Predators, who traded it to the Panthers; the Panthers selected Alex Auld)
  • Sharks traded Ville Peltonen to the Predators for a 5th round pick in 1998 (traded to the Coyotes, who selected Josh Blackburn)

Reportedly the Flames gave Dowd to the Predators for not selecting one of their goaltenders. The Flames only protected Ken Wregget, allowing them to protect more of their defencemen and forwards. The Blackhawks reportedly did the same for not selecting Chris Terreri. The Kings traded Timonen and Vopat to the Predators for having chosen Frederic Chabot and (reportedly) not choosing defenceman Garry Galley. Being that Chabot was a goalie it meant that the Kings would be exempt from losing a goalie to the Atlanta Thrashers in the 1999 Expansion Draft.

The Canadiens sent Sebastien Bordeleau to the Predators for similar reasons: in 1998 they didn't have to protect goalie José Théodore but they would have to in 1999. Rather than forcing themselves to protect Théodore and Jocelyn Thibault in 1999—thus having to expose more defencemen and forwards to the Atlanta Thrashers—they made a deal with the Predators to select goalie prospect Tomas Vokoun. Vokoun only played a single game for Montreal, giving up four goals in the first period of a game against the Flyers on February 6, 1997. When the Predators chose him from the Habs he was out of shape and his career was going nowhere fast as back up to Théodore on the AHL's Fredericton Canadiens. Théodore would become the Canadiens' starter and played over 600 games in his career until he retired in 2013. Vokoun would go on to become the Predators' starter and has played in 700 regular season games to date, winning 300 of them. (14 more career victories than Théodore.)

Other trades in the weeks that followed included the Predators trading Mike Sullivan to the Coyotes for a draft pick, the Kings sending Vitali Yachmenev to the Predators for future considerations, the Stars getting Tony Hrkac from the Predators for future considerations, and Doug Brown being traded back to the Red Wings by the Predators for Petr Sykora ("the other Petr Sykora", the defenceman born in 1978 not the winger born in 1976), a third round pick in 1999 (traded to the Oilers who selected Mike Comrie) and a conditional draft pick in 1999 (the 124th overall selection which the Wings got for losing Bob Rouse in free agency—the Predators chose Alexandr Krevsun).

The Predators also traded Jim Dowd and goalie Mikhail Shtalenkov to the Oilers just before the season started (October 1) for defencemen Drake Berehowsky and Greg de Vries and goalie Eric Fichaud. The Oilers re-signed Bob Essensa and felt Fichaud was expendable, I guess.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Forgotten All-Star Game

The NHL All-Star Game has been a fixture on the NHL schedule almost every year since 1947 (with exceptions in 1979 and 1987 when NHL All-Stars played the Soviet national team in the Challenge Cup and Rendez-vous '87 instead, 2006, 2010 and this year due to the Olympics, and 1995, 2005 and 2013 due to… labour problems). The game owes its existence to a game played on February 14, 1934. On that day a team of NHL All-Stars played the Toronto Maple Leafs in an exhibition. The financial proceeds from the game were gifted to Maple Leafs' forward Ace Bailey, who was critically injured in a game a couple months earlier. He would recover from his injuries and live to the ripe old age of 88 but he never played pro hockey again.

The NHL played a couple more benefit games before it began playing an annual game: in 1937 Habs star Howie Morenz died after breaking his leg, and so the NHL played a 'memorial' game on November 3 to benefit Morenz's family. In the summer of 1939 Babe Siebert drowned in Lake Huron, and on October 29 a benefit game was played for his family between a team of Montreal All-Stars (players from the Canadiens and Maroons) and an NHL All-Star team of players from the other six teams.

There was another such benefit game played on February 17, 1959, but you've probably never heard of it. That's why I call it the forgotten All-Star Game. It was Bill Dobbyn Night.

"Who is Bill Dobbyn?" you ask. He was a hockey player but never played a game in the NHL. He never got the chance.

Bill Dobbyn was born in Melita, Manitoba in the summer of 1935. He grew up to play junior hockey in the SJHL for the Flin Flon Bombers. He won two league championships with the Bombers in 1953 and 1954. He made the transition to professional hockey in 1955, spending his first two seasons of pro hockey in Victoria, BC playing for the Western Hockey League's Cougars. In 1957 he took his services across the Georgia Strait to Vancouver and played for the Canucks.

The Vancouver Canucks were the class of the WHL that year and Dobbyn had a decent regular season (10 goals and 20 assists in 70 games), but it was in the playoffs in 1958 that Dobbyn really shined. He scored three goals and five assists in 11 games that spring, including two of the most important goals in Canucks history up to that point.

The day was April 30, 1958 and the venue was the Stampede Corral, home of the Calgary Stampeders hockey club. The Canucks and Stamps were playing for the President's Cup, the WHL championship, and the Canucks were up 3-0 in their best-of-seven series. The game began with a wild first period; each team tallied four times in the opening 14 minutes and 14 seconds. After that the play settled down and the scoring was tight. Calgary's Sid Finney (who finished third in regular season scoring with 88 points in 58 games, behind the Canucks' Phil Maloney's 94 points and Seattle's Guyle Fielder's 111) scored at 10:58 of the second period to put the Stampeders up 5-4 and it looked like they were going to hold on to force a fifth game in Vancouver.

That was until the Stampeders' Merve Kuryluk took a hooking penalty about midway through the third period. On the powerplay the Canucks peppered Stamps' goalie Al Rollins with shots and Bill Dobbyn pounced on a rebound off a shot by teammate Jackie McLeod and buried the puck in the net to tie the game. This game was going to overtime.

At 3:47 of OT rookie Orland Kurtenbach passed the puck to Dobbyn and Dobbyn secured his place in Vancouver Canucks lore when he scored again. 6-5 Canucks. President's Cup champions (the first of four such championships until the Canucks made the jump to the NHL in 1970). Dobbyn scored the game-tying and game-winning goals.

Dobbyn signed a contract with the New York Rangers on September 22, 1958 (the same day the Rangers signed two other WHL players: Les Colwill and Earl Ingarfield) and he attended their training camp but he didn't quite make it to the big league. He showed a lot of promise though and was placed on the top farm team in Buffalo. It was playing for the AHL's Bisons that Dobbyn's pro hockey career would come to a catastrophic halt.

In the third period of a game in Hershey between the Bears and Bisons on December 27, 1958 Dobbyn went into a corner to battle for the puck. Bears' captain Ellard "Obie" O'Brien was battling with Dobbyn for the puck and his stick was errantly swung high and hit Dobbyn in his left eye. The damage was so severe doctors decided that the eye could not be saved, and so it was removed. And that was seemingly that for Bill Dobbyn. He was only 23 years old.

The following month Red Wings GM Jack Adams, having read about the tragedy, decided to organize a benefit game for Dobbyn and his family. He convinced the other NHL teams to each send a small contingent of players to play for an all-star team against the Buffalo Bisons at The Aud. Slowly but surely support for the idea grew and by February everybody was on-board.

Bill Dobbyn Night, February 17, 1959, was a great success. A sell-out crowd of 9,368 packed the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium to watch the game between the Bisons and the NHL All-Stars. AHL president Dick Canning was there. Buffalo mayor Frank Sedita dropped the puck for the ceremonial opening face-off. Everyone from Canning and Sedita down to the ticket-takers, ushers, concessions vendors and members of the press paid for their tickets instead of accepting the usual passes, all in the hopes of raising money for Bill Dobbyn.

At the second intermission Dobbyn received proceeds of about $25,000 (minus taxes, of course). The Bisons lost the game but they finished atop the AHL's regular season standings in 1959. Unfortunately for them they lost the Calder Cup championship to the Hershey Bears.

Determined to continue playing hockey Dobbyn moved to Europe, playing for Steatham of the British National League in 1959-60, Langnau of the Swiss National League B in 1960-61 and Vienna of the Austrian League in 1961-62; he won league championships with each. After he returned to North America he moved to Waterloo, Iowa and played for the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL. The Black Hawks won five straight championships in the '60s, from '64 to '68.

Bill Dobbyn coached the Black Hawks in 1971-72 and has been involved with hockey in Waterloo, Iowa in some capacity ever since.

The AHL mandated that all players must wear visors beginning in 2006, almost 48 years after Bill Dobbyn lost his eye. The NHL enacted a rule mandated visors for all players with less than 25 games of NHL experience as of the beginning of the 2013-14 season.

Buffalo BisonsNHL All-Stars
Goaltenders
Marcel PailleJohnny Bower (Maple Leafs)
Bruce Gamble (Rangers)
Glenn Hall (Black Hawks)
Defencemen
Doug BarkleyIan Cushenan (Canadiens)
Ron IngramFern Flaman (Bruins)
Ivan IrwinLou Fontinato (Rangers)
Frank MartinBill Gadsby (Rangers)
Gus MortsonWarren Godfrey (Red Wings)
Albert "Junior" Langlois (Canadiens)
Pierre Pilote (Black Hawks)
Forwards
Bruce ClineAndy Bathgate (Rangers)
Billy DeaJohnny Bucyk (Bruins)
Bill DineenBrian Cullen (Maple Leafs)
Gerry FoleyBobby Hull (Black Hawks)
Dick GambleEarl Ingarfield (Rangers)
Wally HergesheimerForbes Kennedy (Red Wings)
Eddie KachurTed Lindsay (Black Hawks)
Orland KurtenbachEddie Litzenberger (Black Hawks)
Parker MacDonaldDon Marshall (Canadiens)
Bill SweeneyDon McKenney (Bruins)
Larry WilsonBert Olmstead (Maple Leafs)
Ron Stewart (Maple Leafs)
Jerry Toppazzini (Bruins)


NHL All-Stars 6 at Buffalo Bisons 2
Bill Dobbyn Night—February 17, 1959

First Period
NHL – Lindsay (Litzenberger) 1:11
NHL – Bathgate (Ingarfield, Olmstead) 5:30
NHL – Cullen (Bathgate, Olmstead) 12:28
Penalties: Wilson (Buffalo; tripping) 8:24, Toppazzini (NHL; tripping) 17:46, Langlois (NHL; holding) 17:46

Second Period
NHL – Lindsay (Litzenberger, Hull) 6:48
NHL – Olmstead (Cullen) 11:51
NHL – Langlois (Toppazzini, Cushenan) 18:00
Penalties: none

Third Period
Buffalo – Dineen (Mortson, MacDonald) 4:31
Buffalo – Dineen (Irwin) 19:06
Penalties: none

Shots on goal
NHL All-Stars: 10 18 12 – 40
Buffalo Bisons: 8 7 10 – 25
Referee: Eddie Powers
Linesmen: Bob Barnes and Jack Bell
Attendance: 9,368 at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium


Bilych, George. (1958, May 1). "Canucks claim western puck crown: Dobbyn scoring hero". Calgary Herald, p. 42. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=fWZkAAAAIBAJ&sjid=aXwNAAAAIBAJ&pg=6809%2C231024

Thursday, December 26, 2013

1993 NHL Expansion Draft

The Backgrounds


In 1992, only a couple months into the 1992-93 NHL season and fresh off the addition of the Ottawa Senators and Tampa Bay Lightning to the league, the NHL decided to expand again.

It came as a surprise to many. In stark contrast to the long, drawn-out process by which the Senators and Lightning were added—they were awarded new franchises almost two years before they began play—the new franchises conditionally awarded on December 10, 1992 involved no formal application process at all.

If you've read my post about the Senators and Lighting's expansion process you might stop now and ask yourself why the NHL would award the next two franchises so quickly and seemingly so easily. The answer, of course, is money.

In 1990 Jerry Buss, former owner of the Kings, applied for an expansion franchise to play out of a new arena being constructed in Anaheim, California. At the same time John W. Henry applied for a franchise in Miami. Neither Buss nor Henry had lease agreements with their prospective arenas, Buss's application was not even considered, and Henry's was rejected on the basis that he wouldn't pay the full $50 million expansion fee on schedule.

The NHL wouldn't consider Buss and Henry's applications for franchises but that did not mean that the league was not interested in expansion to Anaheim and Miami. Two years after the failed bids the NHL was approached by two businesspeople who wanted expansion franchises—one in Anaheim and one in Miami. Those two people were Michael Eisner, CEO of The Walt Disney Company, and Wayne Huizenga, chairman and CEO of Blockbuster Entertainment.

In a matter of weeks the idea of having a team in Anaheim owned by Disney and a team in Miami owned by Huizenga became a reality. The NHL announced that it would expand again, to Anaheim and Miami, and the teams would begin play as early as the 1993-94 season. The $50 million expansion fees were of little import; Disney and Huizenga cut the league cheques almost immediately.

To be ready for the 1993-94 season the ownership groups needed to establish firm lease agreements with their respective venues and hire front office personnel in less than half a year.

Coincidentally The Walt Disney Company released a movie about hockey in October, 1992 called The Mighty Ducks. It was the story of a Minneapolis lawyer played by Emilio Estevez who was caught drunk-driving and ordered by a court to coach a hapless pee-wee team as his "community service" punishment. It was a modest hit that had over $50 million in North American domestic box office receipts. Eisner attended the press conference announcing the franchise awarding wearing a Ducks jersey. He made no bones about his desire to name the team "Mighty Ducks", and they officially did so at a press conference on March 1, 1993. 'Anaheim' had to be included in the team's operating name as a condition of the lease agreement with the City of Anaheim so the team was officially christened the "Mighty Ducks of Anaheim". It was the first and only time an NHL club went by nickname first and city (or state) name last.

Huizenga never had any intention of naming his franchise after the city of Miami. Blockbuster was based in Fort Lauderdale, a Miami suburb, and Huizenga was particularly sensitive about being as inclusive in the naming of his team as possible. They held a "name the team" contest with no intention whatsoever of using 'Miami' in the name. 'Florida', "South Florida" or "Tri-County" (as in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties) perhaps, but definitely not 'Miami'. He had already secured the rights to the expansion baseball franchise in the area and named it the Florida Marlins. On April 19, just a couple months before the expansion draft, Huizenga announced that he had hired long-time New York Islanders GM Bill Torrey as his hockey club's new president and the club would be known as the Florida Panthers. (The Florida panther is a critically-endangered subspecies of cougar, and the official state animal.)

Torrey was not the first Panthers employee though. Bobby Clarke was hired as GM on March 1. The announcement was a little lost among the news that the other expansion club was going to be named Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

The Ducks hired Jack Ferreira as their first general manager and Pierre Gauthier as his assistant on March 23.

Expansion Draft Rules


At the time of the Anaheim-Miami expansion announcement the Tampa Bay Lightning were 10-19-2 and the Senators—oh, the Senators… The Senators were 3-26-2. They were on pace to be the worst expansion team ever. The Sharks were a year older but they weren't much better at 5-23-1.

It was clear that the expansion plans in the previous two seasons were far too onerous on the new clubs, despite the measures put in place that would force the existing clubs to expose a minimum number of nominally 'experienced' players in the expansion drafts.

It was going to be different in 1993. In 1992 the new clubs were owned by a small group of Ottawa real estate developers and a mysterious group of Japanese businessmen who some questioned even existed. They had to scrounge to make their $50 million expansion fee payments. They had to fight to get their arenas built. '93 was completely different. '93 was "big money". Disney and the head of Blockbuster didn't need to scrounge to pay for anything, and they sure as hell wouldn't accept the sort of deal that the Senators and Lightning got.

In the 1992 Expansion Draft the established clubs could protect 14 skaters, regardless of position, and a pair of goalies, and the clubs that lost defencemen and goalies in the '91 Expansion Draft couldn't lose any in '92. In '93 the existing clubs (including the Sharks, Lightning and Senators) were allowed to protect the same number of skaters, but it was further specified to only nine forwards and five defencemen. They were also allowed to protect only one goalie. First-year pros on all teams were exempt but second-year pros were not, except on the Sharks', Senators' and Lightning's reserve lists.

Each existing club had to offer at least one goalie on a pro contract (with no stipulations for NHL experience), at least one defenceman with 40 games' experience in the 1992-93 season or 70 over the course of 1991-92 and 1992-93, and at least two forwards with the same experience requirements as the defenceman. The Mighty Ducks and Panthers would choose three goalies, eight defencemen and 13 forwards each, one more in each category than the Senators and Lightning chose in 1992. Each of the existing clubs could lose only a maximum of one goalie or one defenceman: a team that lost a goalie could not lose a defenceman. This meant that six clubs would lose a goalie and a forward, sixteen would lose a defenceman and a forward, and two would lose two forwards. In 1992 the teams were allowed to pick one impending free agent apiece; in 1993 they were allowed to pick up to four each, with no more than one goalie, two defencemen or two forwards among those four.

These conditions clearly favoured the Ducks and Panthers by comparison to the plight the Lightning, Senators and Sharks faced in 1991 and 1992 so in order to help the other three recent expansion clubs a second phase was added to the 1993 Expansion Draft. The Sharks, Senators and Lightning would be allowed to pick players from the Panthers and Ducks.

"Phase II" of the draft would see the Panthers and Ducks each protect one goalie, five defencemen and 10 forwards. The Sharks, Lightning and Senators would also protect two goalies, five defencemen and 10 forwards. No pro players would be exempt, even first and second-year players. Phase II would last two rounds, with the order of selection being Lightning, Senators and Sharks. Now here's where it gets tricky…

When one of the Lightning, Senators or Sharks picked a player from the Panthers or Ducks the team that picked the player had to drop a player from their protected list of the same position (goalie, defenceman or forward) as the player that was claimed. The player that was dropped and every other player in the same position and not on his team's protected list was then offered to the other two '91/'92 expansion clubs. If either of those two teams claimed a player they in turn had to drop a player of the same position, and the process started over again. If the '91/'92 teams passed on claiming a player from the team that originally picked one from the Ducks or Panthers then the right to claim an unprotected player fell to the team that lost a player in the first place. If that team passed the other '93 expansion team was given a chance to claim a player from the '91/'92 team that claimed a player. The last club to claim a player in the whole rigamarole was designated the "ultimate claiming club", and the ultimate claiming club had to pay $100,000 to the '93 expansion club that lost a player in the first place. The fee dropped to $50,000 in the second round.

Let me try to explain this ridiculously convoluted process with an example. Let's say the Lightning chose "Player W" from the Panthers with the first pick in Phase II. Let's say 'W' was a forward. The Lightning would then drop a forward from their own protected list. Let's call that player 'X'. 'X' and any other forward not protected by the Lightning was then offered to the Sharks and Senators. Let's say the Sharks claimed an unprotected forward from the Lightning, 'Y'. They would have to drop a forward from their own protected list. That forward, 'Z', would be offered along with all the other unprotected Sharks forwards to the Lightning and Senators.

Let's say the Lightning and Senators passed on claiming 'Z' or any other unprotected forwards from the Sharks. The Panthers would then get first dibs on an unprotected forward from the Sharks because they lost 'W' in the first place. Let's say they passed, and so too did the Ducks afterward. The "ultimate claiming club" in this case would be the Sharks, and the Sharks would pay the Panthers $100,000.

The Lightning would have acquired 'W' from the Panthers, the Sharks would get 'Y' from the Lightning, and the Panthers would get $100,000 from the Sharks. The Sharks' selection of 'Y' from the Lightning would count as their selection in that round, and the next choice would pass to the Senators.

In the course of Phase II of the draft the Panthers and Ducks could lose a maximum of one goalie, one defenceman and one forward.

The protected lists for Phase I were to be filed by 5:00 pm eastern time on Sunday June 20, and Phase I would be held on Thursday the 24th. Phase II was held the next day, June 25. Both phases of the expansion draft were held in the Salle Octave-Crémazie at the Grand Théâtre de Québec in Quebec City (the 1993 Entry Draft was held in Quebec City on the 26th, at the Colisée).

Protected Lists


Boston BruinsBuffalo SabresCalgary FlamesChicago Blackhawks
Goaltenders
Andy MoogGrant FuhrMike VernonEd Belfour
Defencemen
Ray BourqueDoug BodgerKevin DahlChris Chelios
Glen FeatherstoneKeith CarneyAl MacInnisFrantisek Kucera
David ShawGord DonnellyFrank MusilBryan Marchment
Don SweeneyKen SuttonGary SuterCam Russell
Glen WesleyPetr SvobodaTrent YawneySteve Smith
Forwards
Ted DonatoDonald AudetteCraig BerubeDirk Graham
Steve HeinzeDale HawerchukTheoren FleurySteve Larmer
Joe JuneauPat LaFontainePaul KruseJocelyn Lemieux
Stephen LeachBrad MayJoe NieuwendykStephane Matteau
Daniel MaroisAlexander MogilnyJoel OttoJoe Murphy
Glen MurrayRob RayPaul RanheimBrian Noonan
Cam NeelyBob SweeneyRobert ReichelJeremy Roenick
Adam OatesScott ThomasGary RobertsChristian Ruutu
Dave ReidRandy WoodRonnie SternBrent Sutter
Dallas StarsDetroit Red WingsEdmonton OilersHartford Whalers
Goaltenders
Jon CaseyTim CheveldaeBill RanfordSean Burke
Defencemen
Paul CavalliniSteve ChiassonIgor KravchukAdam Burt
Enrico CicconePaul CoffeyDave MansonBrad McCrimmon
Derian HatcherVladimir KonstantinovLuke RichardsonAllen Pedersen
Jim JohnsonNicklas LidstromDave MansonEric Weinrich
Mark TinordiYves RacineBrad WerenkaZarley Zalapski
Forwards
Shane ChurlaShawn BurrKelly BuchbergerAndrew Cassels
Russ CourtnallDino CiccarelliZdeno CigerMark Janssens
Mike CraigSergei FederovShayne CorsonRobert Kron
Ulf DahlenSheldon KennedyLouie DeBruskNick Kypreos
Dave GagnerKeith PrimeauScott PearsonSergei Makarov
Brent GilchristBob ProbertSteven RiceJim McKenzie
Trent KlattRay SheppardCraig SimpsonGeoff Sanderson
Mike McPheeMike SillingerKevin ToddJim Sandlak
Mike ModanoSteve YzermanDoug WeightPat Verbeek
Los Angeles KingsMontreal CanadiensNew Jersey DevilsNew York Islanders
Goaltenders
Kelly HrudeyPatrick RoyChris TerreriRon Hextall
Defencemen
Rob BlakePatrice BriseboisTommy AlbelinUwe Krupp
Charlie HuddyEric DesjardinsKen DaneykoScott Lachance
Marty McSorleyKevin HallerBruce DriverWayne McBean
Darryl SydorLyle OdeleinScott NiedermayerRich Pilon
Brent ThompsonMathieu SchneiderScott StevensDennis Vaske
Forwards
Jimmy CarsonBrian BellowsBill GuerinBrad Dalgarno
Mike DonnellyBenoit BrunetBobby HolikRay Ferraro
Tony GranatoVincent DamphousseClaude LemieuxPatrick Flatley
Wayne GretzkyPaul DiPietroJohn MacLeanTravis Green
Jari KurriGilbert DionneRandy McKayBenoit Hogue
Corey MillenMike KeaneBernie NichollsDerek King
Luc RobitailleStephan LebeauStephane RicherMarty McInnis
Tomas SandstromJohn LeClairAlexander SemakSteve Thomas
Brandy SemchukKirk MullerValeri ZelepukinPierre Turgeon
New York RangersOttawa SenatorsPhiladelphia FlyersPittsburgh Penguins
Goaltenders
Mike RichterCraig BillingtonDominic RousselTom Barrasso
Defencemen
Jeff BeukeboomChris LuongoTerry CarknerLarry Murphy
Brian LeetchNorm MaciverGarry GalleyJim Paek
Kevin LoweKent PaynterGreg HawgoodKjell Samuelsson
James PatrickDarren RumbleDan KordicUlf Samuelsson
Brad TileyBrad ShawRyan McGillPeter Taglianetti
Forwards
Tony AmonteDave ArchibaldJosef BeranekJeff Daniels
Mike GartnerJamie BakerClaude BoivinRon Francis
Adam GravesJody HullRod Brind'amourJaromir Jagr
Joey KocurBob KudelskiDave BrownMario Lemieux
Mark MessierMark LambJim CumminsShawn McEachern
Sergei NemchinovDarcy LoewenKevin DineenJoe Mullen
Ed OlczykTroy MallettePelle EklundMike Needham
Esa TikkanenMike PelusoBrent FedykKevin Stevens
Darren TurcotteSylvain TurgeonMark RecchiRick Tocchet
Quebec NordiquesSt. Louis BluesSan Jose SharksTampa Bay Lightning
Goaltenders
Stephane FisetCurtis JosephJimmy WaiteJ.C. Bergeron
Defencemen
Steve DuchesneJeff BrownLink GaetzBob Beers
Adam FooteGarth ButcherJayson MoreMarc Bergevin
Alexei GusarovBret HedicanJeff NortonShawn Chambers
Dave KarpaStephane QuintalNeil WilkinsonDonald Dufresne
Curtis LeschyshynRick ZomboRob ZettlerJoe Reekie
Forwards
Martin GelinasBob BassenDave CapuanoMikael Andersson
Valeri KamenskyNelson EmersonEd CourtenayBrian Bradley
Claude LapointeDenny FelsnerGaetan DuchesneMarc Bureau
Owen NolanBrett HullDean EvasonDanton Cole
Mike RicciCraig JanneyJohan GarpenlovAdam Creighton
Martin RucinskyBasil McRaeIgor LarionovRob DiMaio
Joe SakicKevin MillerDavid MaleyPetr Klima
Mats SundinBrendan ShanahanJeff OdgersJohn Tucker
Scott YoungRon SutterMike SullivanRob Zamuner
Toronto Maple LeafsVancouver CanucksWashington CapitalsWinnipeg Jets
Goaltenders
Felix PotvinKirk McLeanRick TabaracciBob Essensa
Defencemen
Dave EllettGerald DiduckSylvain CôtéPhil Housley
Todd GillRobert DirkKevin HatcherDean Kennedy
Sylvain LefebvreJyrki LummeAl IafrateTeppo Numminen
Jamie MacounDana MurzynCalle JohanssonFredrik Olausson
Bob RouseAdrien PlavsicJason WoolleyIgor Ulanov
Forwards
Glenn AndersonGreg AdamsPeter BondraStu Barnes
Dave AndreychukPavel BurePat ElynuikLuciano Borsato
Ken BaumgartnerGeoff CourtnallDale HunterEvgeny Davidov
Wendel ClarkMurray CravenDimitri KhristichTie Domi
Mike EastwoodTrevor LindenTodd KrygierKris King
Doug GilmourSergio MomessoAlan MayDarrin Shannon
Kent MandervillePetr NedvedKelly MillerThomas Steen
Rob PearsonGino OdjickMichal PivonkaKeith Tkachuk
Peter ZezelCliff RonningMike RidleyPaul Ysebaert

Available Players


The shenanigans that occurred prior to the 1992 Expansion Draft, especially with respect to starting a goalie for one game so that he'd qualify as an 'experienced' goaltender for the purposes of the draft, weren't repeated in 1993. There were however a few relevant trades made prior to the expansion draft that affected the players who were protected and exposed.

The best known example of this was John Vanbiesbrouck's trade to the Vancouver Canucks on the 20th, the day the protected lists had to be finalized and filed. Vanbiesbrouck was traded by the Rangers to the Canucks for future considerations (on June 25, after Phase II of the draft, the Canucks sent Doug Lidster to the Rangers to complete the trade). Vanbiesbrouck and Mike Richter had been sharing the duties in the Rangers' goal for a few years by that point but given they were only allowed to protect one of them and Richter was younger they elected to protect Richter. Rather than leave Vanbiesbrouck exposed they dealt him to the Canucks so that the Canucks could expose him. The Canucks in turn wanted to keep Kirk McLean and Kay Whitmore, and by having Vanbiesbrouck on offer as well they could limit their losses. If Whitmore was chosen instead of Vanbiesbrouck at least they would have had Vanbiesbrouck to fall back on.

The Nordiques also faced the same conundrum as the Rangers. They wanted to protect young goalie Stephane Fiset, which would almost assuredly mean they'd lose more experienced starter Ron Hextall in the draft. The Islanders' starter, Glenn Healy, was an impending free agent and they weren't going to re-sign him anyway. So the Nordiques and Islanders came to an agreement: the Nordiques would trade Hextall and their first round entry draft pick (#23 overall) to the Islanders in exchange for goalie Mark Fitzpatrick and their first round pick (#14 overall). The Islanders had a new starting goaltender and the Nordiques got something in return for him instead of losing him for nothing in the expansion draft. (The Nordiques used the 14th overall selection to pick Adam Deadmarsh and the Islanders used the 23rd pick to select Todd Bertuzzi.)

Other trades before the June 20th deadline included:

  • Brad McCrimmon from the Red Wings to the Whalers for a sixth round pick in the '93 Entry Draft (Tim Spitzig) on June 1, 1993
  • Dennis Vial from the Red Wings to the Lightning for Steve Maltais, June 8, 1993
  • Stephane Beauregard from the Flyers to the Jets for the Flyers' third round pick in 1993 (previously acquired; traded to the Penguins, who selected Dave Roche, as a compensatory pick) and the Flyers' fifth round pick in 1994 (previously acquired; traded to the Red Wings, who selected Frederic Deschenes), June 11, 1992
  • Paul Ysebaert and future considerations (Alan Kerr—June 18, 1993) from the Red Wings to the Jets for Aaron Ward and a fourth round pick in 1993 (John Jakopin), June 11, 1993
  • Kevin Kaminski from the Nordiques to the Capitals for Mark Matier, June 15, 1993
  • Petr Klima from the Oilers to the Lightning for a third round pick in 1994 (Brad Symes), June 16, 1993
  • Jimmy Waite from the Blackhawks to the Sharks for future considerations (Neil Wilkinson—July 9, 1993), June 18, 1993
  • Peter Ahola from the Sharks to the Lightning for Dave Capuano, June 19, 1993
  • Paul Cavallini from the Capitals to the Stars for future considerations (Enrico Ciccone—June 25, 1993), June 20, 1993
  • Jim Cummins and the Flyers' fourth round pick in 1993 (previously acquired; Charles Paquette) from the Red Wings to the Flyers for Greg Johnson and a fifth round pick in 1994 (Frederic Deschenes), June 20, 1993
  • Gaetan Duchesne from the Stars to the Sharks for a sixth round pick in 1993 (later reacquired by the Sharks, who selected Petri Varis), June 20, 1993
  • Mike Hough from the Nordiques to the Capitals for Reggie Savage and Paul MacDermid, June 20, 1993
  • Sergei Makarov from the Flames to the Whalers for future considerations (the Capitals' fourth round pick in 1993, used to select Jason Smith), June 20, 1993
  • Gord Murphy and future considerations (Andy Moog—June 25, 1993) from the Bruins to the Stars for future considerations (Jon Casey—June 25, 1993), June 20, 1993
  • Jeff Norton from the Islanders to the Sharks for a third round pick in 1994 (Jason Strudwick) and future considerations, June 20, 1993
  • Scott Pearson from the Nordiques to the Oilers for Martin Gelinas and a sixth round pick in 1993 (Nick Checco), June 20, 1993
  • Peter Sidorkiewicz, a fourth round pick in 1994 (traded to the Flames, who selected Nils Ekman) and future considerations (Mike Peluso—June 26, 1993) from the Senators to the Devils for Craig Billington, Troy Mallette and a fourth round pick in 1993 (Cosmo Dupaul), June 20, 1993

Boston BruinsBuffalo SabresCalgary FlamesChicago Blackhawks
Goaltenders
Mike BalesTom DraperJason MuzzattiRoch Belley
 Dominik HasekJeff ReeseRay LeBlanc
 Clint Malarchuk  
 Bill Pye  
Defencemen
Jamie HuscroftDale DeGrayChris DahlquistAdam Bennett
Mark KrysBill HoulderAlexander GodynyukKeith Brown
Stéphane J. G. RicherGrant LedyardPaul HoldenDavid Hakstol
Gordie RobertsRandy MollerRoger JohanssonCraig Muni
Jim WiemerSean O'DonnellMichel PetitMike Speer
 Dirk RueterKen SabourinMilan Tichy
 Chris SnellGreg SmythKerry Toporowski
 Hannu VirtaKevin Wortman 
Forwards
Darren BanksPeter CiavagliaBrent AshtonRob Brown
Brent HughesBob CorkumRich ChernomazShawn Byram
Darin KimbleBob ErreyKerry ClarkDave Christian
Dmitri KvartalnovFrançois GuayThomas ForslundRob Conn
Andrew McKimJeff HamiltonTodd GillinghamTracy Egelund
Dave PoulinDave HannanTodd HarkinsGreg Gilbert
Vladimir RuzickaGates OrlandoTim HarrisMichel Goulet
Tim SweeneyWayne PresleyShawn HeaphyStu Grimson
Chris WinnesBrad RubachukPatrick LebeauTony Horacek
C.J. YoungJoel SavageChris LindbergBrad Lauer
 Jason WinchGreg PaslawskiTroy Murray
  Brian SkrudlandBill Watson
  Carey Wilson 
Dallas StarsDetroit Red WingsEdmonton OilersHartford Whalers
Goaltenders
Darcy WakalukDave GagnonNorm FosterMario Gosselin
 Vincent RiendeauPeter IngFrank Pietrangelo
  Ron Tugnutt 
Defencemen
Colin BauerSerge AnglehartBrian BenningJim Agnew
Brad BerryBob BoughnerJeff BloembergCorey Beaulieu
David JensenBobby DollasBrian GlynnDoug Houda
Paul JerrardMark HoweChris JosephKarl Johnston
Craig LudwigSteve KonroydFrançois LerouxDan Keczmer
Roy MitchellGord KruppkeSelmar OdeleinRandy Ladouceur
Gord MurphyStewart MalgunasReijo RuotsalainenJohn Stevens
Mark OsieckiJason YorkJason SoulesJukka Suomalainen
Ville Siren   
Brian Straub   
Forwards
Doug BarraultTroy CrowderDean AntosDenis Chalifoux
Todd BergenGerard GallantRichard BorgoYvon Corriveau
James BlackAlan KerrTodd ElikRandy Cunneyworth
Neal BrotenSteve MaltaisCraig FisherScott Daniels
Kevin EvansPete StauberMike HudsonChris Govedaris
Stewart Gavin Fabian JosephMark Grieg
Alan Haworth Marc LaforgePaul Guay
Yves Heroux Tommy LehmannScott Humeniuk
Cal McGowan Craig MacTavishTim Kerr
Kip Miller Scott MellanbyJamie Leach
George Servinis Shjon PodeinTrevor Steinburg
Derrick Smith Scott ThorntonMike Tomlak
Ross Wilson  Terry Yake
Los Angeles KingsMontreal CanadiensNew Jersey DevilsNew York Islanders
Goaltenders
David GoverdeFrederic ChabotChad EricksonGlenn Healy
Robb StauberLes KuntarCorey SchwabDanny Lorenz
 André RacicotPeter SidorkiewiczJamie McLennan
Defencemen
Jeff ChychrunJ.J. DaigneaultViacheslav FetisovKevin Cheveldayoff
Kevin GrantLuc GauthierAlexei KasatonovDean Chynoweth
Mark HardySean HillPeter KuchynaJeff Finley
Jim MaherRob RamageTapio LevoTom Kurvers
Dave TretowiczDarcy SimonDean MalkocJoni Lehto
Tim Watters Brent SeverynGary Nylund
Forwards
Bob BergJesse BelangerMike BodnarchukDave Chyzowski
Scott BjugstadGuy CarbonneauDoug BrownWayne Doucet
Tim BreslinTodd EwenTom ChorskeDean Ewen
Marc FortierSteve LaroucheJeff ChristianTom Fitzgerald
Kyosti KarjalainenGary LeemanJim DowdPaul Gagne
Lonnie LoachMats NaslundDavid EmmaBrent Grieve
Dave TaylorMario RobergeBen HankinsonClaude Loiselle
Jim ThomsonEd RonanJason MillerBrian Mullen
Mike VukonichDenis SavardKent NilssonDavid Volek
Sean WhytePierre SevignyJanne OjanenMick Vukota
 Lindsay VallisMatt Ruchty 
  Jarrod Skalde 
  Peter Stastny 
  Brian Sullivan 
  Claude Vilgrain 
New York RangersOttawa SenatorsPhiladelphia FlyersPittsburgh Penguins
Goaltenders
Boris RoussonMark MichaudYanick DegraceRob Dopson
   Bruce Racine
   Ken Wregget
Defencemen
Joe CirellaMark FernerBill ArmstrongPaul Dyck
Per DjoosKen HammondShawn CroninBryan Fogarty
Peter Fiorentino Corey FosterGrant Jennings
Mike Hurlbut Willie HuberPaul Laus
Dave Marcinyshyn Gord HynesRobert Melanson
Jay Wells Steven MorrowTodd Nelson
  Ric NattressMike Ramsey
  Lance PitlickPaul Stanton
  Tony Porkka 
  Bob Wilkie 
Forwards
Rick BennettLaurie BoschmanKeith ActonJamie Heward
Don BiggsNeil BradyLen BarrieTroy Loney
Phil BourqueMark FreerAl ConroyMark Major
Paul BrotenMarc LabelleJames CookeKen Priestlay
Craig DuncansonAndre McBainEric DandenaultJason Smart
Jan ErixonShawn McCoshDaniel DoréMike Stapleton
Lee GiffinRob MurphyAndrei Lomakin 
Mike HartmanMartin St. AmourGlenn Mulvenna 
Steven King Pat Murray 
Dan Lacroix Dave Snuggerud 
John McIntyre Wes Walz 
Brian McReynolds   
Mike Stevens   
Dave Thomlinson   
Quebec NordiquesSt. Louis BluesSan Jose SharksTampa Bay Lightning
Goaltenders
Mario BrunettaGuy HebertWade FlahertyMike Greenlay
Jacques Cloutier Jeff HackettPat Jablonski
Mark Fitzpatrick  David Littman
Patrick Labrecque  Wendell Young
John Tanner   
Defencemen
Mario DoyonMurray BaronMichael ColmanPeter Ahola
Steven FinnDoug CrossmanPat MacLeodEric Charron
Kerry HuffmanJason MarshallDavid WilliamsAlain Côté
Jon KlemmTom TilleyDoug WilsonRick Lanz
Andy RymshaAlain Vigneault Rob Robinson
Mikhail Tatarinov  Dennis Vial
Randy Velischek   
Craig Wolanin   
Forwards
Niclas AnderssonKelly ChaseRobin BawaTim Bergland
Gino CavalliniDerek FrenetteDavid BruceJock Callander
Stéphane CharbonneauDave LowryJohn CarterStan Drulia
Bryan DeasleyDave MackeyLary DePalmaRandy Gilhen
Murray GarbuttKevin MiehmTroy FrederickSteve Kasper
Bill LindsayBrian PellerinKelly KisioChris Kontos
Paul MacDermidRichard PionJon MorrisJason Lafreniere
Michel MongeauKyle ReevesMark PedersonKeith Osborne
Reggie SavageRich SutterMichel PicardHerb Raglan
Martin Simard J.F. QuintinJason Ruff
Steve Tuttle  Shayne Stevenson
Tony Twist   
Ed Ward   
Toronto Maple LeafsVancouver CanucksWashington CapitalsWinnipeg Jets
Goaltenders
Daren PuppaTroy GambleDon BeaupreStéphane Beauregard
Damian RhodesJohn VanbiesbrouckByron DafoeSean Gauthier
Rick WamsleyKay WhitmoreOlaf KolzigJim Hrivnak
   Mike O'Neill
Defencemen
Ted CrowleyDave BabychBob BabcockSteve Bancroft
Jerome DupontJason HerterChris FelixRandy Carlyle
Curtis HuntRick LessardRod LangwayRob Cowie
Guy LehouxDoug LidsterJim MathiesonMike Lalor
Bob McGillTroy NeumeierBrad SchlegelDan Lambert
Brad MillerRisto Siltanen Roger Ohman
Dmitri MironovPhil Von Steffenelli  
Darryl ShannonBehn Wilson  
Forwards
Normand AubinShawn AntoskiRandy BurridgeJason Cirone
Rob CimettaNeil EisenhutBob CarpenterKris Draper
John CullenTom FergusTrevor HalversonJohn Druce
Mike FolignoTim HunterMike HoughMike Eagles
Greg JohnstonJay MazurKevin KaminskiBryan Erickson
Mike KrushelnyskiAnatoli SemenovRandy PearceKen Gernander
Guy LaroseGarry ValkJohn PurvesScott Levins
Kevin McClelland Mike RichardCraig Martin
Dave McLlwain Alfie TurcotteRob Muray
Ken McRae  Russ Romaniuk
Mark Osborne   
Yanic Perreault   
Jeff Perry   
Rudy Poeschek   
Joe Sacco   
Dave Tomlinson  

Expansion Draft — Phase I


Over.PlayerPicked fromPicked by
Goaltenders
1John VanbiesbrouckVancouver CanucksFlorida Panthers
2Guy HebertSt. Louis BluesMighty Ducks of Anaheim
3Glenn HealyNew York IslandersMighty Ducks of Anaheim
4Mark FitzpatrickQuebec NordiquesFlorida Panthers
5Daren PuppaToronto Maple LeafsFlorida Panthers
6Ron TugnuttEdmonton OilersMighty Ducks of Anaheim
Defencemen
7Milan TichyChicago BlackhawksFlorida Panthers
8Alexei KasatonovNew Jersey DevilsMighty Ducks of Anaheim
9Sean HillMontreal CanadiensMighty Ducks of Anaheim
10Paul LausPittsburgh PenguinsFlorida Panthers
11Bill HoulderBuffalo SabresMighty Ducks of Anaheim
12Joe CirellaNew York RangersFlorida Panthers
13Alexander GodynyukCalgary FlamesFlorida Panthers
14Bobby DollasDetroit Red WingsMighty Ducks of Anaheim
15Gord MurphyDallas StarsFlorida Panthers
16Randy LadouceurHartford WhalersMighty Ducks of Anaheim
17David WilliamsSan Jose SharksMighty Ducks of Anaheim
18Steve BancroftWinnipeg JetsFlorida Panthers
19Dennis VialTampa Bay LightningMighty Ducks of Anaheim
20Stéphane J. G. RicherBoston BruinsFlorida Panthers
21Gord HynesPhiladelphia FlyersFlorida Panthers
22Mark FernerOttawa SenatorsMighty Ducks of Anaheim
Forwards
23Steven KingNew York RangersMighty Ducks of Anaheim
24Tom FitzgeraldNew York IslandersFlorida Panthers
25Jesse BelangerMontreal CanadiensFlorida Panthers
26Tim SweeneyBoston BruinsMighty Ducks of Anaheim
27Scott LevinsWinnipeg JetsFlorida Panthers
28Troy LoneyPittsburgh PenguinsMighty Ducks of Anaheim
29Stu GrimsonChicago BlackhawksMighty Ducks of Anaheim
30Scott MellanbyEdmonton OilersFlorida Panthers
31Terry YakeHartford WhalersMighty Ducks of Anaheim
32Brian SkrudlandCalgary FlamesFlorida Panthers
33Mike HoughWashington CapitalsFlorida Panthers
34Jarrod SkaldeNew Jersey DevilsMighty Ducks of Anaheim
35Dave LowrySt. Louis BluesFlorida Panthers
36Bob CorkumBuffalo SabresMighty Ducks of Anaheim
37Anatoli SemenovVancouver CanucksMighty Ducks of Anaheim
38Bill LindsayQuebec NordiquesFlorida Panthers
39Joe SaccoToronto Maple LeafsMighty Ducks of Anaheim
40Andrei LomakinPhiladelphia FlyersFlorida Panthers
41Randy GilhenTampa Bay LightningFlorida Panthers
42Lonnie LoachLos Angeles KingsMighty Ducks of Anaheim
43Doug BarraultDallas StarsFlorida Panthers
44Jim ThomsonLos Angeles KingsMighty Ducks of Anaheim
45Trevor HalversonWashington CapitalsMighty Ducks of Anaheim
46Marc LabelleOttawa SenatorsFlorida Panthers
47Robin BawaSan Jose SharksMighty Ducks of Anaheim
48Pete StauberDetroit Red WingsFlorida Panthers

Expansion Draft — Phase II


Unfortunately I'm not sure who was on the protected lists of the Sharks, Lightning, Senators, Ducks and Panthers in Phase II, other than that I know John Vanbiesbrouck was protected by the Panthers and Guy Hebert was protected by the Ducks.

Over.PlayerPicked fromPicked by
Round 1
1Glenn HealyMighty Ducks of AnaheimTampa Bay Lightning
2Dennis VialMighty Ducks of AnaheimOttawa Senators
 passed San Jose Sharks
Round 2
 Daren PuppaFlorida PanthersTampa Bay Lightning
 passed Ottawa Senators
 passed San Jose Sharks

Puppa's acquisition by the Lightning was actually pre-planned. The Lightning gave the Panthers their third round pick in the '93 Entry Draft (the Panthers selected Steve Washburn) in exchange for the Panthers taking Puppa from the Maple Leafs in Phase I, and the Panthers left Puppa exposed in Phase II so that the Lightning could choose him.

Healy was traded immediately following the conclusion of Phase II to the Rangers for the Lightning's third round pick in the '93 Entry Draft, and the Rangers signed him to a new contract.

The 1993-94 Season


The Panthers and Ducks finished ninth in their respective conferences at the end of the 1993-94 season, just on the outside of the playoffs looking in. The Panthers finished with 83 points, only a point shy of eighth in the Eastern Conference. The Panthers hold the record for most points by a first-year expansion team. The Sharks dramatically improved over their results in the 1992-93 season and finished eighth in the west, making the playoffs for the first time in franchise history. The Lightning improved from 23-54-7 to 30-43-11. The Senators improved from their record-setting 10-70-4 (24 points) in '92-'93 to 16-61-9 (37 points) in '93-'94; still dead-last by a great margin.

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