|1998 NHL Expansion Draft|
|Date(s)||June 26, 1998|
|26 total selections|
|League||National Hockey League|
|Expansion team||Nashville Predators|
The Predators were to select 26 players, one from each of the 26 existing franchises at the time of the draft.
First- and second-year pros were exempt from being selected in the draft. Each of the 26 franchises in the league were allowed to protect either one goaltender, five defensemen and nine forwards or two goaltenders, three defensemen and seven forwards.
Of the unprotected players, each franchise had to include at least one forward and one defenseman who appeared in 40 games in the 1997–98 season. Each franchise also had to include at least one goaltender who appeared in 10 games in the 1997–98 season, and a minimum of 25 games since the 1995–96 season. These minimums for goaltenders were put into place in order to avoid manipulation of rosters, such as what occurred before the 1992 NHL Expansion Draft, which weakened the talent pool available in the draft.
This draft was interesting in that some of the players the Predators chose (e.g. Mike Richter and Uwe Krupp) were set to become unrestricted free agents on July 1, just days after the draft. The Predators knew they would have little chance to sign these players; however, they received a compensatory pick in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft for each player they "lost".
These results are numbered 1–26 for aesthetic purposes, but the players were not necessarily chosen in this order. As the Predators were the only team participating in the draft, the order is inconsequential.
|1.||Frederic Chabot (G)||Los Angeles Kings|
|2.||Mike Dunham (G)||New Jersey Devils|
|3.||Mike Richter (G)||New York Rangers|
|4.||Mikhail Shtalenkov (G)||Mighty Ducks of Anaheim|
|5.||Tomas Vokoun (G)||Montreal Canadiens|
|6.||Joel Bouchard (D)||Calgary Flames|
|7.||Bob Boughner (D)||Buffalo Sabres|
|8.||J. J. Daigneault (D)||New York Islanders|
|9.||Al Iafrate (D)||San Jose Sharks|
|10.||Uwe Krupp (D)||Colorado Avalanche|
|11.||John Slaney (D)||Phoenix Coyotes|
|12.||Rob Zettler (D)||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|13.||Chris Armstrong (D)||Florida Panthers|
|14.||Blair Atcheynum (RW)||St. Louis Blues|
|15.||Paul Brousseau (F)||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|16.||Doug Brown (RW)||Detroit Red Wings|
|17.||Andrew Brunette (LW)||Washington Capitals|
|18.||Patrick Cote (LW)||Dallas Stars|
|19.||Jeff Daniels (LW)||Carolina Hurricanes|
|20.||Craig Darby (C)||Philadelphia Flyers|
|21.||Doug Friedman (LW)||Edmonton Oilers|
|22.||Tony Hrkac (C)||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|23.||Greg Johnson (C)||Chicago Blackhawks|
|24.||Denny Lambert (LW)||Ottawa Senators|
|25.||Mike Sullivan (C)||Boston Bruins|
|26.||Scott Walker (RW)||Vancouver Canucks|
In return for agreeing not to select certain unprotected players, the Predators were granted concessions by other franchises. The trades not involving Nashville draft picks all officially were booked as being for "future considerations":
Several of the players selected by the Predators in the Expansion Draft did not stay with the team long after the draft. Among those moved before the start of the 1998–99 season were the following: