The NHL draft is fast approaching and there’s nothing like the anticipation of what the league’s biggest night is going to be like.
This year’s draft is scheduled for June 27 in Chicago, and it’s a big deal, with players expected to make the jump to the NHL.
Here are five things to know before the draft takes place.
Draft picks will be available for free.
Players that sign with the NHL are eligible to receive up to $500,000 for the first year and up to an additional $500k for the next two years.
But, once the NHL begins to offer players incentives for returning to the league, that money will increase.
Free agents that do sign with teams and then sign with another team will receive up $250,000 per year.
Teams have three months to make an offer.
The draft order will determine which teams receive the top picks and which will receive the fourth, fifth and sixth picks.
The NHLPA has indicated that there is a maximum of two first-round picks in each round.
Each team must also offer up three second-rounders and one third-round pick.
Draft order matters.
There are currently three teams in the playoff race: the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Dallas Stars and the Los Angeles Kings.
The first two will play each other, and then the fourth-place team will play the second-place one.
The fifth and final team will be determined by the tiebreaker.
The Kings are currently the third seed, but they have a chance to go up against the defending Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils.
Teams that go into the draft with picks in the top three can also move up to get the next picks.
But teams can’t move up until the following day.
The best players in each conference are the same.
The four teams that get the most votes in each division are the first to the second round, and the three teams that finish with the second and third overall picks in their respective conferences are the next-best teams in their conferences.
There will be one first-rounder per team.
Each NHL team has three first- and second-year prospects in the draft, but there will be only one first round pick per team in each of the first four rounds.
There is no second-rounder.
Teams can trade up to three prospects for their first- or second- and third-rounder selections.
Teams cannot trade up more than three players for a first- round pick, though there is one exception: The Pittsburgh Penguins can trade a first rounder and a fourth-rounder for a second- or third- rounder in return for a third- and fourth-rounder in the future.
The Oilers will have three first and two second-teamers.
The Stars will have one first and one second-.
The Penguins and Kings will each have two first and three second rounders.
There won’t be a first and third round pick between the two top picks in either conference.
All 30 teams are allowed to make their own picks.
Teams will have the right to make trades, and there is no limit on the number of players a team can have on their roster.
Players are eligible for trade once they’re in the league.
This means that, once a team’s draft picks are revealed, a player is eligible to be traded to any other team.
The only players exempt from the NHL draft are players under the age of 25.
Teams may make trades at any time, but only if they are eligible.
No player from a team in its draft class will be eligible for the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Any player drafted in the third round of the draft is eligible for a trade at any point during the 2018-19 season.
There’s no maximum salary cap.
The salary cap is $71.1 million for the NHL, $70 million for NHLPA and $64.5 million for all other professional sports leagues.
The maximum salary for the top-10 pick is $2.7 million.
The cap is set at $70.5.
There may be up to four unrestricted free agents in each draft.
These players can sign with any team.
There can be no trades until June 29.
There could be a trade deadline after June 30.
Players cannot be traded between rounds in any draft round.