SB Nation's Mock NHL Expansion Draft: Winnipeg And Quebec Select Their Teams

The new teams have been named. The other teams have protected their prized players. Now, fake Winnipeg and fake Quebec have selected their clubs in a 52 player Mock NHL Expansion Draft.

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SB Nation's Mock NHL Expansion Draft: Winnipeg And Quebec Select 52 NHL Players

James Mirtle, general manager of Quebec, and Gabriel Desjardins, general manager of Winnipeg, each selected 26 players a piece. Originally, the plan was to select 30 players for each team, which would have resulted in a 60 player draft, however as the event progressed, the two GM's agreed that 26 players per team worked just fine.

No more than two players could be taken from each NHL team, and Pittsburgh was lucky enough to not have any players taken off of their roster. Teams could also not lose more than one defenseman OR one goaltender.

Here it is, the complete draft.

# Team Player Pos. Previous Team
1 Winnipeg Colin White D New Jersey Devils
2 Quebec Barrett Jackman D St. Louis Blues
3 Quebec Scott Gomez F Montreal Canadiens
4 Winnipeg Josh Harding G Minnesota Wild
5 Winnipeg Michael Ryder F Boston Bruins
6 Quebec Ondrej Pavelec G Atlanta Thrashers
7 Quebec Antti Niemi G San Jose Sharks
8 Winnipeg Radim Vrbata F Phoenix Coyotes
9 Winnipeg Roman Hamrlik D Montreal Canadiens
10 Quebec Pierre-Marc Bouchard F Minnesota Wild
11 Winnipeg Dan Carcillo F Philadelphia Flyers
12 Quebec Craig Rivet D Buffalo Sabres
13 Quebec Ryan Malone F Tampa Bay Lightning
14 Winnipeg Vernon Fiddler F Phoenix Coyotes
15 Winnipeg Dave Steckel F Washington Capitals
16 Quebec Chris Kelly F Ottawa Senators
17 Quebec Rostislav Klesla D Columbus Blue Jackets
18 Winnipeg Adam Foote D Colorado Avalanche
19 Winnipeg Sean O'Donnell D Philadelphia Flyers
20 Quebec Erik Christensen F New York Rangers
21 Quebec Kevin Porter F Colorado Avalanche
22 Winnipeg BJ Crombeen F St. Louis Blues
23 Winnipeg Jerrod Smithson D Nashville Predators
24 Quebec Anton Babchuk D Carolina Hurricanes
25 Quebec Steve Bernier F Florida Panthers
26 Winnipeg Shawn Horcoff F Edmonton Oilers
27 Winnipeg Mattias Ohlund D Tampa Bay Lightning
28 Quebec Tim Kennedy F New York Rangers
29 Quebec Jordin Tootoo F Nashville Predators
30 Winnipeg Erik Ersberg G Los Angeles Kings
31 Winnipeg Bruno Gervais D New York Islanders
32 Quebec Tomas Kopecky F Chicago Blackhawks
33 Quebec Cory Sarich D Calgary Flames
34 Winnipeg Rob Niedermayer F Buffalo Sabres
35 Winnipeg Karlis Skrastins D Dallas Stars
36 Quebec Colby Armstrong F Toronto Maple Leafs
37 Quebec Andrew Ference D Boston Bruins
38 Winnipeg Scott Nichol F San Jose Sharks
39 Winnipeg Brian Rolston F New Jersey Devils
40 Quebec Justin Williams F Los Angeles Kings
41 Winnipeg Tim Jackman F Calgary Flames
42 Quebec Cory Stillman F Florida Panthers
43 Quebec Ruslan Salei D Detroit Red Wings
44 Winnipeg John Scott D Chicago Blackhawks
45 Winnipeg Drew Miller F Detroit Red Wings
46 Quebec Jean-Sebastien Giguere G Toronto Maple Leafs
47 Quebec Brett Festerling D Anaheim Ducks
48 Winnipeg Rick Rypien F Vancouver Canucks
49 Winnipeg Sami Salo D Vancouver Canucks
50 Quebec Ryan Shannon F Ottawa Senators
51 Quebec Krys Barch F Dallas Stars
52 Winnipeg Ryan Carter F Anaheim Ducks


You'll notice that these two teams are, well, kind of weak. Normally, in a true expansion, these teams would have the ability to fully participate in summer free agency, thus bolstering their rosters . That's not the case in our draft, but when you think about it, they're not going to face off against real NHL clubs anyway, so it's not too big of an issue.

Later in the week, however, our fake Winnipeg Jets and our fake Quebec Nordiques will face off in a seven-game series against each other -- a battle for expansion supremacy. Stay tuned for that, and stay tuned to your favorite SB Nation team blog for their reaction to losing players in this expansion draft.


SB Nation's Mock NHL Expansion Draft: A List Of Available Players

The protected lists are in for each team, posted over on our team sites. Here's a list of available players in our draft. Salary information comes courtesy of CapGeek. Click on the team sites linked below to take a look at the players who were protected and the debates that went on surrounding those selections.

If a team isn't linked below, the "League Office" made the picks for that club.

ANAHEIM DUCKS - list selected by Battle of California

Curtis McElhinney ($0.535m)

Brett Festerling ($0.525m)

Jason Blake ($4.000m), Aaron Voros ($1.000m), Ryan Carter ($0.625m)


Chris Thorburn ($0.660m) / Eric Boulton ($0.650m)

Boris Valabik ($0.762m)  Freddy Meyer ($0.600m)

Ondrej Pavelec ($1.150m)

BOSTON BRUINS - selected by Cornelius Hardenbaugh of The Hockey Blog Adventure

Michael Ryder ($4.000m), Greg Campbell ($1.100m), Shawn Thornton ($0.812m)

Andrew Ference ($2.250m)

Tim Thomas

selected by Die By The Blade

Patrick Lalime ($0.650m)

Craig Rivet ($3.500m), Steve Montador ($1.550m)

Cody McCormick ($0.500m) , Matt Ellis ($0.625m), Rob Niedermayer ($1.250m)

CALGARY FLAMES - selected by Matchsticks & Gasoline

Ales Kotalik ($3.000m) Raitis Ivanans ($0.600m) / Tim Jackman ($0.550m) Craig Conroy ($0.500m)

Cory Sarich ($3.600m) Steve Staios ($2.700m) Staffan Kronwall ($0.500m)

- selected by Canes Country

FORWARDS: Tom Kostopoulos ($0.916m), Pat Dwyer ($0.500m)
DEFENSEMEN: Anton Babchuk ($1.400m)

- selected by Second City Hockey

Tomas Kopecky ($1.200m), Fernando Pisani ($0.500m)

John Scott ($0.512m), Jassen Cullimore, Nick Boynton ($0.500m)

Cristobal Huet ($5.625m), Hannu Toivonen ($0.550m)

COLORADO AVALANCHE - selected by Mile High Hockey

Daniel Winnik ($0.950m), Kevin Porter ($0.660m) / David Koci ($0.575m)

Adam Foote ($1.250m)

Peter Budaj ($1.250m),  John Grahame ($0.500m)

- selected by The Cannon

Ethan Moreau ($2.000m), Jared Boll ($0.725m), Andrew Murray ($0.625m), Derek MacKenzie ($0.600m)

Rostislav Klesla ($2.975m), Marc Methot ($1.012m)

Mathieu Garon ($1.200m)

DALLAS STARS - selected by Defending Big D

Adam Burish ($1.150m) Krys Barch ($0.837m) Brian Sutherby ($0.812m) Fabian Brunnstrom ($0.675m) Brandon Segal ($0.550m)

Karlis Skrastins ($1.375m) Brad Lukowich ($1.000m) Jeff Woywitka ($0.650m)

Andrew Raycroft ($0.650m)

- selected by Winging It In Motown

Todd Bertuzzi ($1.937m), Mike Modano ($1.750m), Kris Draper ($1.583m), Patrick Eaves ($0.750m), Drew Miller ($0.650m), Mattias Ritola ($0.516m)

Ruslan Salei ($1.100m)

Joey MacDonald ($0.550m)

EDMONTON OILERS - selected by The Copper & Blue

Shawn Horcoff ($5.500m), Jean-Francois Jacques ($0.615m), Ben Ondrus ($0.550m)

Jason Strudwick ($0.725m)

Nikolai Khabibulin ($3.750m), Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers ($1.050m)

- selected by Litter Box Cats

Cory Stillman ($3.533m) Steve Bernier ($2.000m) Byron Bitz ($0.687m)

Mike Weaver ($0.900m)

LOS ANGELES KINGS - selected by Jewels From The Crown

Justin Williams ($3.500m)  Scott Parse ($0.900m)

Davis Drewiske ($0.616m) Peter Harrold ($0.583m)

Erik Ersberg ($0.750m)

MINNESOTA WILD - selected by Hockey Wilderness

Pierre-Marc Bouchard ($4.080m)  Chuck Kobasew ($2.333m)  Antti Miettinen ($2.333m), Eric Nystrom ($1.400m) / Kyle Brodziak ($1.150m), James Sheppard ($0.803m) / Brad Staubitz ($0.575m)

Marek Zidlicky ($4.000m)

Josh Harding ($1.200m)

MONTREAL CANADIENS - selected by Habs Eyes On The Prize

Scott Gomez ($7.357m), Dustin Boyd ($0.650m), Mathieu Darche ($0.500m), Alexander Perezhogin

Roman Hamrlik ($5.500m), Alexandre Picard ($0.600m), Alex Henry ($0.512m)

Alex Auld ($1.000m), Curtis Sanford ($0.550m)

NASHVILLE PREDATORS - selected by On the Forecheck

Jordin Tootoo ($1.250m), Jerred Smithson ($0.762m), Wade Belak ($0.575m), Sergei Kostitsyn ($0.550m)

Ryan Parent ($0.925m)

- selected by In Lou We Trust

Johan Hedberg ($1.500m)

Colin White ($3.000m), Bryce Salvador ($2.900m)

Brian Rolston ($5.062m), Rod Pelley ($0.550m)

- selected by Lighthouse Hockey

Andy Hilbert ($0.575m), Jon Sim ($0.650m)

Milan Jurcina ($1.000m) / Bruno Gervais ($0.740m)

Rick DiPietro ($4.500m)


Derek Boogaard ($1.625m) / Erik Christensen ($0.925m), Brandon Prust ($0.800m) / Tim Kennedy ($0.550m) / Brian Boyle ($0.525m)

Steve Eminger ($1.125m)

 Martin Biron ($0.875m)

OTTAWA SENATORS - selected by Silver Seven

Chris Kelly ($2.125m), Jesse Winchester ($0.750m), Ryan Shannon ($0.625m), Francis Lessard ($0.550m)

Brian Lee ($0.875m), Matt Carkner ($0.700m), David Hale ($0.675m)

Pascal Leclaire ($3.800m)

- selected by Broad Street Hockey

Jody Shelley ($1.100m), Daniel Carcillo ($1.075m, Darroll Powe ($0.725m), Blair Betts ($0.700m), Greg Moore ($0.550m)

Matt Walker ($1.700m), Sean O'Donnell ($1.300m), Oskars Bartulis ($0.600m)

Brian Boucher ($0.925m)

PHOENIX COYOTES - selected by Five For Howling

Radim Vrbata ($3.000m), Vernon Fiddler ($1.100m), Taylor Pyatt ($1.000m), Lauri Korpikoski ($0.700m), Paul Bissonnette ($0.612m), Andrew Ebbett ($0.500m), Alexandre Picard ($0.868m)

Sami Lepisto ($0.800m)

Jason Labarbera ($1.000m)

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS - selected by Pensburgh

Michael Rupp ($0.825m) Eric Godard ($0.750m), Craig Adams ($0.550m)

Ben Lovejoy ($0.525m)

Brent Johnson ($0.600m)

SAN JOSE SHARKS - selected by Fear The Fin

Scott Nichol ($0.760m), Jamal Mayers ($0.600m)

Niclas Wallin ($2.500m), Jay Leach ($0.500m)

Antti Niemi ($2.000m)

- selected by St. Louis Game Time

B.J. Crombeen ($0.872m) Brad Winchester ($0.700m) / Cam Janssen ($0.600m) Matt D'Agostini ($0.550m)

Eric Brewer ($4.250m) / Barrett Jackman ($3.625m)

Ty Conklin ($1.300m)

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING - selected by Raw Charge

Ryan Malone ($4.500m), Sean Bergenheim ($0.700m), Chris Durno ($0.550m), Marc-Antoine Pouliot ($0.550m), Paul Szczechura ($0.550m)

Mattias Ohlund ($3.607m), Matt Smaby ($0.525m)

Mike Smith ($2.200m)

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS - selected by Pension Plan Puppets

Colby Armstrong ($3.000m), Mike Brown ($0.537m)

Jeff Finger ($3.500m), Brett Lebda ($1.450m)

Jean-Sebastien Giguere ($6.000m)

VANCOUVER CANUCKS - selected by Nucks Misconduct

Darcy Hordichuk ($0.775m) / Tanner Glass ($0.625m) / Rick Rypien ($0.550m), Joel Perrault ($0.510m), Victor Oreskovich ($0.575m), Jeff Tambellini ($0.500m)

Sami Salo ($3.500m), Shane O'Brien ($1.600m), Andrew Alberts ($1.050m), Aaron Rome ($0.750m), Nolan Baumgartner ($0.550m)

WASHINGTON CAPITALS - selected by Japers' Rink

Dave Steckel ($1.100m), Boyd Gordon ($0.800m), D.J. King ($0.637m), Michael Nylander (4.875m), Keith Aucoin (0.512), Brian Willsie (0.525m)

Tyler Sloan ($0.700m)

Dany Sabourin ($0.525m)


Again, click over to the sites to see who was protected. The draft results will be announced on Tuesday, so be sure to check back for that.


SB Nation's Mock NHL Expansion Draft: Introducing Our Two New General Managers

The voting is complete. The results were expected.

Our Winnipeg team: voters decided to name them the Jets. Our Quebec team: the Nordiques. We probably should've seen this coming from a mile away.

So we're not all that creative, but hopefully our two general managers are. Let's get to the announcements.

A BASEMENT, MANITOBA, CANADA -- The fake Winnipeg fake Jets are pleased to announce that Gabriel Desjardins, advanced stats blogger extraordinaire, will be taking the reins and leading the team into the 2010 SB Nation Mock NHL Expansion Draft.

Desjardins, who runs SB Nation's Behind The Net, will provide an analytical edge to the front office of the new fake Jets.

AN OFFICE, QUEBEC, CANADA -- The fake Quebec fake Nordiques are proud to announce that professional hockey writer James Mirtle will be taking charge as they prepare for 2010 SB Nation Mock NHL Expansion Draft.

Mirtle, formerly a hockey blogger and the former leader of the SB Nation hockey world, now serves as a writer covering the real Toronto Maple Leafs at The Globe & Mail.

Throughout this week, our team blogs are debating who their teams will protect. Head over to that link, find your favorite team and take part in the discussion.

Protected lists will all be published by Thursday. We'll have a full list right here.


POLL: Name The Teams In SB Nation's Mock NHL Expansion Draft

It's time to name the teams. Thanks to everybody who stepped up and sent in suggestions.

These polls will close on Monday around Noon ET, when we'll name the general managers and teams will begin putting together their protected lists.

Without further adieu...

Polls are closed. Results coming later on Monday.


SB Nation's Mock NHL Expansion Draft: We're Heading To Quebec City And Winnipeg

The votes have been tallied -- all 2,000-plus of them -- and we now know which cities our fine league will be expanding two. We're "Making It Eight," apparently.

The full results of the poll:

1. Winnipeg -- 28%, 653 votes

2. Quebec City -- 24%, 560 votes

3. Seattle -- 19%, 434 votes

4. Hamilton -- 11%, 250 votes

5. Portland -- 8%, 181 votes

6. Kansas City -- 7%, 160 votes

7. Houston -- 4%, 101 votes

Congratulations to Winnipeg and Quebec City for winning the vote. Now, it's time to name our new teams.

We want your suggestions. It's Friday night, so enjoy yourself, get creative, and drop some clever nicknames in the comments. (Jets and Nordiques don't count, because they're already going to be in the poll anyway.) Leave them in the comments.

The best ones will appear in a poll right here tomorrow afternoon and voting will close on Monday around Noon ET.


SB Nation's NHL Mock Expansion Draft: Help Us Name Two New Teams

10 years ago, the NHL welcomed the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets into the fold. It was the sixth expansion draft in nine years, and by that point, NHL fans were pretty used to the process surrounding one of these drafts.

It's been a decade since that last one, though, and here at SB Nation, in the dog days of summer, we've decided to re-acclimate ourselves with the process. Presenting.... the 2010 SB Nation NHL Mock Expansion Draft.

Whether you think the NHL needs expansion or not -- and honestly, most people probably feel like the NHL needs contraction before any type of expansion -- it doesn't matter. This isn't a real exercise, after all. It's just for fun.

Oh, and we need your help. There might even be a virtual trophy at the end.

Here's a loose timeline of how this thing will play out:

- Starting today, and by using the poll at the bottom of this story, help us select the location for the two new teams in our league. We've narrowed down the list of potential cities to Houston, Hamilton, Seattle, Quebec City, Kansas City, Portland and Winnipeg.

- Tomorrow, on Friday, August 26, we'll post the results of the vote. From there, we'll open the voting on potential nicknames for the two selected cities. On Monday the 30th, we'll debut the two new teams and announce which distinguished members of the hockey world will have the chance to run them into the ground.

- Next week, between Monday and Thursday, September 2, our team blogs from around SB Nation will, with help from their communities, debate and finalize their "protected lists" of players that cannot be poached away in our expansion draft.

- Over Labor Day weekend, with all of the protected lists complete and published on our team blogs, our appointed general managers will meet in a basement somewhere and select their teams.

- On Tuesday the 5th, the day after Labor Day, we'll announce those teams, and at some point that week, we'll simulate a series of games between those two teams.

There will be a winner. And a prize. And lots and lots of bragging rights.

So, without further adieu, help us pick the two locations to which our league shall expand. Please only vote for two.

Poll closed.

Check back on Friday for the results.

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