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
Andy MoogGrant FuhrMike VernonEd Belfour
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
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
Jon CaseyTim CheveldaeBill RanfordSean Burke
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
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
Kelly HrudeyPatrick RoyChris TerreriRon Hextall
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
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
Mike RichterCraig BillingtonDominic RousselTom Barrasso
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
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
Stephane FisetCurtis JosephJimmy WaiteJ.C. Bergeron
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
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
Felix PotvinKirk McLeanRick TabaracciBob Essensa
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
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
Mike BalesTom DraperJason MuzzattiRoch Belley
Dominik HasekJeff ReeseRay LeBlanc
Clint Malarchuk
Bill Pye
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
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
Darcy WakalukDave GagnonNorm FosterMario Gosselin
Vincent RiendeauPeter IngFrank Pietrangelo
Ron Tugnutt
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
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 GavinFabian JosephMark Grieg
Alan HaworthMarc LaforgePaul Guay
Yves HerouxTommy LehmannScott Humeniuk
Cal McGowanCraig MacTavishTim Kerr
Kip MillerScott MellanbyJamie Leach
George ServinisShjon PodeinTrevor Steinburg
Derrick SmithScott ThorntonMike Tomlak
Ross WilsonTerry Yake
Los Angeles KingsMontreal CanadiensNew Jersey DevilsNew York Islanders
David GoverdeFrederic ChabotChad EricksonGlenn Healy
Robb StauberLes KuntarCorey SchwabDanny Lorenz
André RacicotPeter SidorkiewiczJamie McLennan
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 WattersBrent SeverynGary Nylund
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
Boris RoussonMark MichaudYanick DegraceRob Dopson
Bruce Racine
Ken Wregget
Joe CirellaMark FernerBill ArmstrongPaul Dyck
Per DjoosKen HammondShawn CroninBryan Fogarty
Peter FiorentinoCorey FosterGrant Jennings
Mike HurlbutWillie HuberPaul Laus
Dave MarcinyshynGord HynesRobert Melanson
Jay WellsSteven MorrowTodd Nelson
Ric NattressMike Ramsey
Lance PitlickPaul Stanton
Tony Porkka
Bob Wilkie
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 KingPat Murray
Dan LacroixDave Snuggerud
John McIntyreWes Walz
Brian McReynolds
Mike Stevens
Dave Thomlinson
Quebec NordiquesSt. Louis BluesSan Jose SharksTampa Bay Lightning
Mario BrunettaGuy HebertWade FlahertyMike Greenlay
Jacques CloutierJeff HackettPat Jablonski
Mark FitzpatrickDavid Littman
Patrick LabrecqueWendell Young
John Tanner
Mario DoyonMurray BaronMichael ColmanPeter Ahola
Steven FinnDoug CrossmanPat MacLeodEric Charron
Kerry HuffmanJason MarshallDavid WilliamsAlain Côté
Jon KlemmTom TilleyDoug WilsonRick Lanz
Andy RymshaAlain VigneaultRob Robinson
Mikhail TatarinovDennis Vial
Randy Velischek
Craig Wolanin
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 SimardJ.F. QuintinJason Ruff
Steve TuttleShayne Stevenson
Tony Twist
Ed Ward
Toronto Maple LeafsVancouver CanucksWashington CapitalsWinnipeg Jets
Daren PuppaTroy GambleDon BeaupreStéphane Beauregard
Damian RhodesJohn VanbiesbrouckByron DafoeSean Gauthier
Rick WamsleyKay WhitmoreOlaf KolzigJim Hrivnak
Mike O'Neill
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 SiltanenRoger Ohman
Dmitri MironovPhil Von Steffenelli
Darryl ShannonBehn Wilson
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 McClellandMike RichardCraig Martin
Dave McLlwainAlfie TurcotteRob Muray
Ken McRaeRuss Romaniuk
Mark Osborne
Yanic Perreault
Jeff Perry
Rudy Poeschek
Joe Sacco
Dave Tomlinson

Expansion Draft — Phase I

Over.PlayerPicked fromPicked by
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
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
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

For Phase II the Panthers elected to protect John Vanbiesbrouck, Milan Tichy, Paul Laus, Joe Cirella, Alexander Godynyuk, Gord Murphy, Tom Fitzgerald, Jesse Belanger, Scott Levins, Scott Mellanby, Brian Skrudland, Mike Hough, Dave Lowry, Bill Lindsay and Andrei Lomakin. Goalies Mark Fitzpatrick and Daren Puppa, defencemen Steve Bancroft, Stéphane J. G. Richer and Gord Hynes, and forwards Randy Gilhen, Doug Barrault, Marc Labelle and Pete Stauber were left exposed.

Unfortunately I'm not sure who was on the protected lists of the Sharks, Lightning, Senators and Ducks in Phase II, other than that I know Guy Hebert was protected by the Ducks (leaving Ron Tugnutt and Glenn Healy exposed).

Over.PlayerPicked fromPicked by
Round 1
1Daren PuppaFlorida PanthersTampa Bay Lightning
2Dennis VialMighty Ducks of AnaheimOttawa Senators
passedSan Jose Sharks
Round 2
3Glenn HealyMighty Ducks of AnaheimTampa Bay Lightning
passedOttawa Senators
passedSan Jose Sharks

Puppa's acquisition by the Lightning was actually pre-planned. The Lightning gave the Panthers the Penguins' third round pick in the '93 Entry Draft (previously acquired for Peter Taglianetti; 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 (the Lightning also gave the Panthers the $100,000 draft fee).

Healy was traded immediately following the conclusion of Phase II to the Rangers for the return of the Lightning's own third round pick in the '93 Entry Draft (which had previously been awarded as a compensatory pick to the Rangers for the free agent signing of Rob Zamuner), 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.


  1. Doug Lidster was the player the Rangers received as a result of the trade of John Vanbiesbrouck to the Canucks.

    1. Hahaha, yes, Doug LIDSTER. I must have had Bodger on the brain for some reason.

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  3. Shocking to see Hasek as unprotected and not selected.
    The changes to picking three goalies and each team only protecting one made a huge difference in avoiding the same embarrassment the previous expansion teams faced.

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