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.

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