By Andrew Phillip Chernoff CanucksBanter
June 2, 2023
As of 5 p.m. ET on June 1, the draft rights of the players below were to expire unless signed by the deadline by the NHL teams that drafted them. Those not signed are either free to re-enter the draft or become free agents.
Every year on June 1, a list of unsigned NHL prospects will have their rights expire and no longer belong to the teams that drafted them.
For North American-based players this year, that means players drafted in 2021 without deals will no longer be affiliated with their clubs.
For European-based players in leagues with transfer agreements, it’s a four-year wait. Some other specific situations, such as Russian-based players in the KHL, will have their rights held indefinitely, so they’re not applicable here.
For most players that are too old to re-enter the draft, they’ll become free agents and are able to sign anywhere they want. Many European-based prospects already have deals in Europe and know what their plans are. Others, like goaltender Benjamin Gaudreau, have already declared they want a second shot at the NHL Draft. If those who don’t end up getting picked, they’ll then too become free agents.Source: dailyfaceoff.com
The list was compiled by CapFriendly prior to June 1, 2023, and some on the list may have signed with their respective draft teams. So check with CapFriendly for updates to the list for signings.