2017 Top 100 NHL Prospects in the NCAA: 26-30
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The procedure implemented by the Commissioner's Office adhered to prior USHL expansion drafts. Each current USHL Member Club submitted a protected list of (up to) 23 players on its active roster or affiliate list. Current USHL teams were allowed to protect a maximum of eight "veteran" players – that is, players who had played in 10 or more games during the 2008-09 season. Veterans still enrolled in high school were automatically protected by their respective Member Clubs, in order to insure stability and scholastic continuity for the League's younger players. Per expansion draft rules, no USHL teams lose more than one player in the expansion draft.Because there are TWO teams drafting this time around, I have to wonder if existing USHL teams could lose up to two players in the draft, as opposed to one player last season when Youngstown was the only expansion team drafting. Last season, the Stars lost a player (Jack Callahan - D) from their affiliate list to the expansion draft, so I assume this time around the Fighting Saints and Lumberjacks will also have access to the affiliate lists of USHL teams.