2000 NHL Expansion Draft

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2000 NHL Expansion Draft
General information
Date(s) June 23, 2000
Location Calgary, Alberta
Expansion teams Columbus Blue Jackets
Minnesota Wild
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The 2000 NHL Expansion Draft was held on June 23, 2000, in Calgary, Alberta. The draft took place to fill the rosters of the league's two expansion teams for the 2000–01 season, the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Minnesota Wild.


26 of the 28 teams existing in the league at the time of the draft were each allowed to protect either one goaltender, five defensemen, and nine forwards or two goaltenders, three defensemen, and seven forwards. The Atlanta Thrashers and Nashville Predators had their entire rosters protected, as they were the two newest franchises in the league, only being in existence for one and two years respectively.

For teams protecting only one goaltender, there was no experience requirement for those left unprotected. For teams protecting two goaltenders, each goaltender left unprotected must have appeared in either 10 NHL games in the 1999–2000 season or 25 games in the 1998–99 season and 1999–2000 seasons combined. A goaltender had to be in net for at least 31 minutes in each game for the game to be counted against these totals.

At least one defenseman left unprotected by each team had to have appeared in at least 40 games in the 1999–2000 season or 70 games in the 1998–99 season and 1999–2000 seasons combined. At least two forwards left unprotected by each team had to have met the same requirements.

Fifty-two players were chosen in the draft; each previously existing team lost two players, and both expansion teams filled a roster of twenty-six players. Only one goaltender or one defenseman could be selected from each franchise. Both the Blue Jackets and the Wild were to use their first 24 selections on three goaltenders, eight defensemen, and thirteen forwards. The final two picks for each team could be any position.

Draft results

# Player Drafted from Drafted by
1 Rick Tabaracci (G) Colorado Avalanche Columbus Blue Jackets
2 Jamie McLennan (G) St Louis Blues Minnesota Wild
3 Mike Vernon (G) Florida Panthers
4 Frederic Chabot (G) Montreal Canadiens Columbus Blue Jackets
5 Dwayne Roloson (G) Buffalo Sabres
6 Chris Terreri (G) New Jersey Devils Minnesota Wild
7 Sean O'Donnell (D) Los Angeles Kings
8 Mattias Timander (D) Boston Bruins Columbus Blue Jackets
9 Bert Robertsson (D) Edmonton Oilers
10 Curtis Leschyshyn (D) Carolina Hurricanes Minnesota Wild
11 Tommi Rajamaki (D) Toronto Maple Leafs Columbus Blue Jackets
12 Ladislav Benysek (D) Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Minnesota Wild
13 Chris Armstrong (D) San Jose Sharks
14 Jamie Pushor (D) Dallas Stars Columbus Blue Jackets
15 Filip Kuba (D) Calgary Flames Minnesota Wild
16 Lyle Odelein (D) Phoenix Coyotes Columbus Blue Jackets
17 Radim Bicanek (D) Chicago Blackhawks
18 Oleg Orekhovsky (D) Washington Capitals Minnesota Wild
19 Mathieu Schneider (D) New York Rangers Columbus Blue Jackets
20 Ian Herbers (D) New York Islanders Minnesota Wild
21 Artem Anisimov (D) Philadelphia Flyers
22 Jonas Junkka (D) Pittsburgh Penguins Columbus Blue Jackets
23 Geoff Sanderson (LW) Buffalo Sabres
24 Stacy Roest (C) Detroit Red Wings Minnesota Wild
25 Darryl Laplante (C)
26 Turner Stevenson (RW) Montreal Canadiens Columbus Blue Jackets
27 Scott Pellerin (LW) St Louis Blues Minnesota Wild
28 Robert Kron (C) Carolina Hurricanes Columbus Blue Jackets
29 Steve Heinze (RW) Boston Bruins
30 Jim Dowd (C) Edmonton Oilers Minnesota Wild
31 Tyler Wright (C) Pittsburgh Penguins Columbus Blue Jackets
32 Sergei Krivokrasov (RW) Calgary Flames Minnesota Wild
33 Jeff Nielsen (RW) Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
34 Kevyn Adams (C) Toronto Maple Leafs Columbus Blue Jackets
35 Jeff Odgers (RW) Colorado Avalanche Minnesota Wild
36 Dmitri Subbotin (F) New York Rangers Columbus Blue Jackets
37 Steve McKenna (F) Los Angeles Kings Minnesota Wild
38 Dallas Drake (RW) Phoenix Coyotes Columbus Blue Jackets
39 Bruce Gardiner (C) Tampa Bay Lightning
40 Michal Bros (F) San Jose Sharks Minnesota Wild
41 Joe Juneau (C) Ottawa Senators
42 Barrie Moore (LW) Washington Capitals Columbus Blue Jackets
43 Darby Hendrickson (C) Vancouver Canucks Minnesota Wild
44 Martin Streit (F) Philadelphia Flyers Columbus Blue Jackets
45 Kevin Dineen (RW) Ottawa Senators
46 Jeff Daw (C) Chicago Blackhawks Minnesota Wild
47 Jeff Williams (LW) New Jersey Devils Columbus Blue Jackets
48 Stefan Nilsson (F) Vancouver Canucks Minnesota Wild
49 Zac Bierk (G) Tampa Bay Lightning
50 Sergei Luchinkin (RW) Dallas Stars Columbus Blue Jackets
51 Cam Stewart (LW) Florida Panthers Minnesota Wild
52 Ted Drury (C) New York Islanders Columbus Blue Jackets


In return for agreeing not to select certain unprotected players, the Blue Jackets and Wild were granted concessions by other franchises. The trades not involving Blue Jacket or Wild draft picks were booked as being for "future considerations":



  • San Jose traded Andy Sutton, a seventh-round pick (Peter Bartos) in the 2000 Entry Draft and a third-round pick (later traded to Columbus - (Aaron Johnson)) in the 2001 Entry Draft to Minnesota on June 11, 2000, for an eighth-round pick in the 2000 Entry Draft after the Wild agreed not to select Evgeni Nabokov.


Several of the players selected by the Blue Jackets and Wild in the Expansion Draft did not stay with the teams long after the draft. In fact, several players were traded later in the same day:


  • Turner Stevenson (traded to New Jersey to complete an earlier transaction)


Other players who were no longer on the rosters of the teams which drafted them for the 1999–2000 season include the following:


  • Dallas Drake (signed by St. Louis on July 1, 2000)
  • Mathieu Schneider (signed by Los Angeles on August 13, 2000)
  • Dwayne Roloson (signed with AHL's Worcester IceCats rather than joining Columbus)


  • Jeff Odgers (claimed off waivers by Atlanta on September 29, 2000)

See also


  • NHL ground rules for 2000 Expansion Draft ; backup link at Archive.org
  • Columbus Blue Jackets draft history
  • Usenet post explaining Expansion Draft rules

External links

  • 2000 NHL Expansion Draft player stats at The Internet Hockey Database
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