On July 21st, the NHL’s newest team, the Seattle Kraken, will draft their team from the rosters of 30 other NHL teams (The Vegas Golden Knights are Exempt) in the NHL Expansion Draft. Read on to when and where you can watch The NHL Expansion Draft and how the Draft works.
- When Is The NHL Expansion Draft: Wednesday, July 21st at 8 p.m. ET
- Network: ESPN2 in the US and SN, SN Now, and TVA Sports in Canada
- How To Watch The NHL Expansion Draft Free: You can watch live using a 1-week free trial to fuboTV or a 1-week free trial to Hulu Live TV. Both carry ESPN2 in their channel lineup so you can watch live. Both services support all major streaming platforms like Roku, FireTV, Apple TV, Android, iOS, and more.
How Does the NHL Expansion Draft Work
The Seattle Kraken will select a player from each of 30 NHL teams with the exception of the Vegas Golden Knights since they were a recent expansion team in 2017. Here are the basic rules on how the draft will work:
- The 30 teams can protect players from the draft. They can protect seven forwards, three defensemen, and one goalie, OR eight skaters (any combination of forwards and defensemen) and one goalie.
- First and second-year players and unsigned draft picks can’t be drafted and don’t require protection.
- Any player who has a no-movement clause must be protected. Players can waive their clause and then be left unprotected.
- One of the exposed defensemen and two of the exposed forwards must be under contract for the 2021-22 season and must have played in 27 or more games in 2021 OR played in 54 or more NHL games over the past two seasons.
- An exposed goaltender must be under contract for 2021-22 or be a pending restricted free agent.
- Players on long-term injured reserve and with potential career-ending injuries who have missed more than the previous 41 consecutive games (or otherwise have been confirmed to have a career-threatening injury) cannot be protected. They may also be exempt from being picked.
- The Kraken must select 30 players and at least 14 forwards, nine defensemen, and three goaltenders.
- At least 20 of those players must be under contract for 2021-22 and have a total salary value between 60% and 100% percent of the upper limit ($81.5 million) of the NHL salary cap.
- The Kraken cannot buy out players chosen in the Expansion Draft earlier than the summer following its first season.
Watch The NHL Draft on These Streaming Services
You stream the NFL draft live using any of the following streaming services. They all carry ESPN2 in their channel lineup so you can watch the draft live.
FuboTV is an excellent place to watch the NHL Expansion Draft. In addition to ESPN2, over 90 channels are offered in its Family package for $64.99/month (after a 7-day free trial).
Below are features included with the FuboTV “Family” package:
- ESPN2, NHL Network and more are available in fuboTV’s channel lineup
- You can watch on ten screens at the same time
- 1000 hours of cloud DVR storage
- The FuboTV app is available on major platforms, including AppleTV, AndroidTV, Roku, and Amazon FireTV.
Hulu Live TV
Most cord cutters are familiar with Hulu’s On-Demand service. However, they also offer a live TV service that includes ESPN2 so you can watch the NHL Expansion Draft. The service includes several other channels with plans starting at $64.99/month with no contract.
Hulu’s basic Live TV package includes a cloud DVR along with Hulu’s on-demand streaming library. The service is available on Android, iOS, Xbox One, 4th Gen Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV and stick.
If you are curious about all the channels Hulu Live TV offers in your area, including ESPN, you can use this tool on Hulu’s Website: Hulu Live TV Channels by Zipcode.
Check out our review of Hulu Live TV for more information.
You can watch the NHL Expansion Draft on ESPN2 with their “Entertainment” package for $69.99 per month. If you cancel service within 14 days of subscribing you receive a full refund. Check out our review of DIRECTV Stream for information on all the channels available through the service.
DIRECTV Stream Features
All DIRECTV Stream plans include:
- the ability to watch on 20 devices at the same time
- a cloud-based DVR
- channels like ESPN2, ESPN, AMC, HGTV, Discovery, and more
- supported on AppleTV, Android TV, Roku, Amazon FireTV, and more
You can try DIRECTV Stream by signing up for online offer.
Vidgo is a newer streaming service that offers fairly competitive pricing over other live streaming services. Vidgo includes ESPN2 in its Core package, along with over 60 other channels. New customers can sign up for the Core Plan for $55 per month.
Vidgo doesn’t force you into a contract so you can cancel any time. They do offer a promotional pricing, which you can cancel within the first three days at no charge.
Vidgo is supported on available on Android, iOS, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV. You can also stream the service on up to 3 devices at the same time. We have the full details in our guide to Vidgo’s live streaming service.
Sling TV is the most affordable way to watch ESPN2 without a cable TV subscription. ESPN2 is only available through Sling TV Orange for $35 per month or by getting both Sling TV Blue and Orange for $50 per month. (not available if you only subscribe to the Blue package)
Sling also offers on-demand, a cloud DVR, and more. The service is supported on all major streaming devices. Read our Sling TV Review for more information. It includes information about what’s available on all the Sling TV Channels.
Another way to watch the NHL Expansion Draft is with Youtube TV. The offer ESPN2, a slew of other channels, and a nice set of features is YouTube TV. The service costs $64.99 per month. Check out my review of YouTube TV for all the details and channels available on the service.
You can check your Zip Code on Youtube TVs Website to see the channels are available in your area.
YouTube TV is available on Roku, Android, iOS (includes AirPlay to Apple TV), and Chromecasts/Chromecast-compatible TVs.
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