The 1993-94 topic got me thinking, and of course last year I compiled the 1992 draft and then never followed up with the others.
So without further ado, here's the background of the 1998 expansion draft. This was to stock the Nashville Predators.
Unprotected Players - drafted players are in purple
Anaheim Forwards - Shawn Antoski, Ted Drury, Peter Leboutillier, Eric Lecompte, Tommi Miettinen, Richard Park, Craig Reichert, Tomas Sandstrom, Brent Severyn, Jeremy Stevenson, Kevin Todd, Bob Wren, Scott Young Defensemen - Drew Bannister, Doug Houda, Nikolai Tsulygin Goalies - Mikhail Shtalenkov
Boston Forwards - Ken Baumgartner, P.C. Drouin, Bill McCauley, Trent McCleary, Kirk Nielsen, Andre Roy, Mike Sullivan Defensemen - Dean Chynoweth, Dave Ellett, Grant Ledyard, Dean Malkoc, Milt Mastad, Anders Myrvold, Charles Paquette, Barry Richter, Jon Rohloff, Andrei Sapozhnikov, Yevgeny Shaldybin, Andrei Yakhanov Goalies- Jim Carey, Joakim Persson
Buffalo Forwards - Randy Burridge, Paul Kruse, Scott Nichol, Rob Ray, Dixon Ward Defensemen - Bob Boughner, Mike Hurlbut, Sergei Klimentiev, Rumun Ndur, Shayne Wright Goalies- Kay Whitmore
Calgary Forwards - Bobby Brown, Jim Dowd, Aaron Gavey, Mattias Johansson, Jorgen Jonsson, Andreas Karlsson, Valeri Karpov, Esa Keskinen, Jasper Mattson, Marty Murray, Mike Peluso, Ron Stern, Ed Ward, Sergei Zolotov Defensemen - Joel Bouchard, Eric Charron, Kevin Dahl, Johan Finnstrom, Keith McCambridge, James Patrick, Pavel Rajnoha, Dimitri Riabykin Goalies- Tyler Moss, Dwayne Roloson, Rick Tabaracci
Carolina Forwards - Kevin Brown, Jeff Daniels, Kevin Dineen, Dimitri Gorenko, Steve Leach, Kent Manderville, Paul Ranheim, Steven Rice, Brian Secord, Kevin Smyth Defensemen - Joacim Esbors, Sean Hill, Marek Malik, Jason McBain Goalies- Mike Fountain, Pat Jablonbski, Manny Legace
Chicago Forwards - Greg Johnson, David Ling, Reid Simpson Defensemen - Roger Johansson, Alain Nasreddine, Jeff Ricciardi, Trent Yawney Goalies- Marc Lamothe, Chris Terreri, Andrei Trefilov
Colorado Forwards - Tom Fitzgerald, Milan Hedjuk, Mikael Johansson, Jari Kurri, Martin Lamarche, Francois Leroux, Christian Matte, Jeff Odgers, Warren Rychel Defensemen - Alexei Gusarov, Uwe Krupp, Pascal Trepanier Goalies- Craig Billington, Petr Franek
Dallas Forwards - Greg Adams, Guy Carbonneau, Patrick Cote, Peter Douris, Benoit Hogue, Mike Kennedy, Jeffrey Mitchell, Dave Reid, Kevin Sawyer, Chris Tancill Defensemen - Dan Keczmer, Craig Ludwig, Craig Muni, Evgeny Petrochinin Goalies- Manny Fernandez, Jordan Willis
Detroit Forwards - Pavel Agarkov, Doug Brown, Sylvain Cloutier, Brent Gilchrist, Mike Knuble, Joe Kocur, Toivo Suursoo Defensemen - Viacheslav Fetisov, Jamie Macoun, Dmitri Mironov, Bob Rouse Goalies- Kevin Hodson, Norm Maracle
Edmonton Forwards - Dennis Bonvie, Jozef Cierny, Zdeno Ciger, Doug Friedman, Bill Huard, Ralph Intranuovo, Andrei Kovalenko, Barrie Moore, Kevin Paden, Martin Reichel, Keijo Sailynoja, Jussi Tarvainen Defensemen - Adam Bennett, Ladislav Benysek, Jason Bowen, Kevin Lowe, Frantisek Musil, Sami Nuutinen, Alexander Zhurik Goalies- Bob Essensa, Curtis Joseph, Jean-Francois Labbe, Steve Passmore
Florida Forwards - Ashley Buckberger, Chad Cabana, Dave Gagner, Johan Garpenlov, Kirk Muller Defensemen - Chris Armstrong, Terry Carkner, Trevor Doyle, Dallas Eakins, Jeff Norton, Wes Swinson Goalies- Todd MacDonald, Kirk McLean, John Vanbiesbrouck
Los Angeles Forwards - Dan Bylsma, Russ Courtnall, Ray Ferraro, Craig Johnson, Nathan LaFayette, Sandy Moger, Jeff Shevalier, Jukka Tillikainen, Tomas Vlasak, Roman Vopat, Magnus Wernblom, Vitali Yachmenev Defensemen - Ruslan Batyrshin, Doug Bodger, Philippe Boucher, Garry Galley, Jere Karalahti, Jaroslav Modry, Martin Strebak, Kimmo Timonen, Mark Visheau, Jan Vopat, Doug Zmolek Goalies- Frederic Chabot
Montreal Forwards - Sebastien Bordeleau, Marc Bureau, Martin Gendron, Jonas Hoglund, Arto Kuki, Oleg Petrov, Patrick Poulin, Peter Strom, Mick Vukota Defensemen - Brad Brown, Steve Cheredaryk, Brett Clark, Dion Darling, Peter Popvic, Zarley Zalapski Goalies- Andy Moog, Tomas Vokoun
New Jersey Forwards - Dave Andreychuk, Eric Bertrand, Steve Brule, Bob Carpenter, Scott Daniels, Doug Gilmour, Bobby House, Fredrik Lindquist, Steve Thomas, Dody Wood, Nikolai Zavarukhin Defensemen - Kevin Dean, Geordie Kinnear, Vlastimil Kroupa Goalies- Mike Dunham, Rich Shulmistra, Peter Sidorkiewicz
NY Islanders Forwards - Tom Chorske, Vladimir Grachev, Pavel Gross, Peter Hogardh,
Mike Hough, Dane Jackson, Tomas Klimt, Claude Lapointe, Mark Lawrence, Kip Miller, Dan Plante Defensemen - J.J. Daigneault, Daniel Johansson, Chris Luongo, Dick Tarnstrom, Dennis Vaske Goalies- Wade Flaherty, Mark McArthur
NY Rangers Forwards - Bill Berg, Shane Churla, Bob Errey, Sergei Kondrashakin, Radoslav Kropac, Andrei Lazarenko, Yuri Litvinov, Pierre Sevigny, Tim Sweeney, Rudolf Vercik Defensemen - Sylvain Blouin, Richard Brennan, Bruce Driver, Jeff Finley, Kim Johnsson, Alexander Korobolin, Doug Lidster, Geoff Smith, Lee Sorochan, Brent Thompson Goalies- Jeff Heil, Mike Richter, Vitali Yeremeyev
Ottawa Forwards - Derek Armstrong, Clayton Beddoes, Randy Cunneyworth, Pat Falloon, Marc Labelle, Denny Lambert, Mike Prokopec, Andy Schneider, Dennis Vial, Jason Zent, Sergei Zholtok Defensemen - Per Gustafsson, Justin Hocking, Patrick Traverse Goalies- Frederic Cassivi, Jaroslav Miklenda, Ron Tugnutt
Philadelphia Forwards - Bruce Coles, Craig Darby, John Druce, Paul Healey, Patrik Juhlin, Dan Kordic, Daniel Lacroix, Jan Lipiansky, Shawn McCosh, Jim Montgomery, Brantt Myhres, Joel Otto Defensemen - Artem Anisimov, Frank Bialowas, Paul Coffey, Chris Joseph, Kjell Samuelsson, Jeffrey Staples, John Stevens, Roman Zolotov Goalies- Sean Burke, Neil Little, Dominic Roussel
Phoenix Forwards - Mika Alatalo, Alexei Budayev, Louie DeBrusk,Yevgeny Garanin, Mike Gartner, Rhett Gordon, Tavis Hansen, Mark Janssens, Darin Kimble, Jocelyn Lemieux, Scott Levins, Rob Murray, Vladimir Potapov, Rauli Raitanen, Darrin Shannon, Mike Stapleton Defensemen - Murray Baron, Jim Johnson, Norm Maciver, Roger Ohman, Michel Petit, John Slaney, Ilja Stashenkov Goalies- Scott Langkow, Henrik Smangs, Jimmy Waite, Darcy Wakaluk
Pittsburgh Forwards - Jan Alinc, Serge Aubin, Rob Brown, Joe Dziedzic, Alex Hicks, Todd Hlushko, Tony Hrkac, Andreas Johansson, Mikhail Kazakevich, Jiri Kucera, Valentin Morozov, Ed Olczyk, Domenic Pittis, Sean Pronger, Ryan Savoia, Alek Stojanov, Mika Valila, Garry Valk, Boris Zalenko Defensemen - Jonas Andersson-Junkka, Stefan Bergqvist, Bobby Dollas, Hans Jonsson, Alexei Krivchenkov, Fredrik Olausson, Neil Wilkinson Goalies- Jean-Sebastien Aubin
St. Louis Forwards - Blair Atcheynum, Geoff Courtnall, Mike Eastwood, Brett Hull, Chris Kenady, Robert Petrovicky, Michel Picard, Shayne Toporowski, Darren Turcotte Defensemen - Steve Duchesne, Rory Fitzpatrick, Edvin Frylen, Todd Gill, Alexander Godynyuk, Yuri Gunko, Terry Hollinger, Libor Prochazka, Terry Virtue Goalies- Jamie McLennan
San Jose Forwards - Niklas Andersson, Jan Caloun, Murray Craven, Todd Ewen, Anatoli Filatov, Tony Granato, Dave Lowry, Bernie Nicholls, Jarrod Skalde, Ron Sutter, Markus Thuresson, Alexei Yegorov Defensemen - Peter Allen, Al Iafrate, Marty McSorley, Angel Nikolov, Fredrik Oduya, David Shaw, Ken Sutton, Jason Widmer Goalies- Jonas Forsberg, Kelly Hrudey, Jason Muzzatti
Tampa Bay Forwards - Jason Bonsignore, Brian Bradley, Paul Brosseau, Jody Hull, Dmitri Klevakin, Troy Mallette, Vladimir Vujtek, Paul Ysebaert Defensemen - Ryan Brown, Viktor Ignatiev, Mathieu Raby, Yves Racine Goalies- Mark Fitzpatrick, Daren Puppa, Corey Schwab, Derek Wilkinson
Toronto Forwards - Jamie Baker, Wendel Clark, Mikael Hakansson, Derek King, Nick Kypreos, Zdenek Nedved, Scott Pearson Defensemen - Matt Martin, Tommi Rajamaki, Greg Smyth, Craig Wolanin, Rob Zettler Goalies- Glenn Healy
Vancouver Forwards - Hakan Ahlund, Jevgeni Babariko, Brandon Convery, Larry Courville, Roger Hansson, Tyson Nash, Steffan Nilsson, Brian Noonan, David Roberts, Steve Staios, Scott Walker Defensemen - Roger Akerstrom, Adrian Aucoin, Karri Kivi, Dana Murzyn, Bert Robertsson, Mark Wotton Goalies- Arturs Irbe, Tim Keyes, Garth Snow
Washington Forwards - Brian Bellows, Andrew Brunette, Mike Eagles, Dale Hunter, Kevin Kaminski, Todd Krygier, Mark Major, Jeff Nelson, Pat Peake, Esa Tikkanen, Jeff Toms, Stefan Ustorf Defensemen - Patrick Boileau, Jeff Brown, Phil Housley, Stewart Malgunas Goalies- Stephane Beauregard, Martin Brochu
Calgary traded Jim Dowd to Nashville in exchange for not selecting Tyler Moss, Dwayne Roloson, or Rick Tabaracci. This allowed Nashville to take Joel Bouchard from the Flames.
Chicago traded Sergei Krivokrasov in exchange for not selecting Chris Terreri.
Los Angeles traded Kimmo Timonen and Jan Vopat in exchange for not selecting Garry Galley.
Montreal traded Sebastien Bordeleau in exchange for not selecting Peter Popovic.
Philadelphia traded Dominic Roussel and Jeff Staples in exchange for not selecting Paul Coffey and a 7th-round pick (#175, Cam Ondrik)
San Jose traded Ville Peltonen in exchange for not selecting Tony Granato and a 5th-round pick (#116, Josh Blackburn)
St. Louis traded Darren Turcotte and future considerations in exchange for not selecting Jamie McLennan (future considerations was either St. Louis' highest compensatory draft pick in 1999 or a 2nd-rounder in 2000. St. Louis was awarded #40 in 1999 for losing Brett Hull, which was sent to Nashville to fulfill the original deal. Nashville traded that pick to Florida.)
Mike Sullivan was traded to Phoenix for a 1999 7th-round pick (#205, Kyle Kettles) Uwe Krupp was lost as a free agent; Nashville received a compensatory draft pick in 1999 (#65, Jan Lasak) Tony Hrkac was traded to Dallas for future considerations Doug Brown was traded to Detroit for Petr Sykora, a 1999 3rd-round pick (#91, Mike Comrie) and a conditional draft pick (1999 #124, Alexander Krevsun) Mike Richter was lost as a free agent; Nashville received a compensatory draft pick in 1999 (#52, Adam Hall) Frederic Chabot was claimed off waivers by Los Angeles Al Iafrate retired
From what I recall, Nashville and LA made numerous side deals in order for the Predators to select Frederic Chabot at the 1998 expansion draft. In doing so, it guaranteed that the Kings would not be able to lose another goaltender at the following expansion draft which was held in 1999 for the Atlanta Thrashers.
In addition to sending Kimmo Timonen and Jan Vopat to the Predators, the Kings also sent Marian Cisar and Vitali Yachmenev to Nashville. THe Kings made these deals in order to protect a number of assets as well, namely Jere Karalahti. Years later, the Kings would send Karalahti to the Predators when things weren't working out for him in LA.
No wonder Poille has been with the Predators since day one. He got a valuable player out of that deal in Kimmo Timonen.
Milan Hjeduk on the board for Colorado, interesting.
Colorado sent a 5th-round pick in 1998 to Nashville (#138, Martin Beauchesne), but I'm not sure for what. There's two different reports, but it's possible that it was part of a "future considerations that means don't take Hejduk" or possibly "future considerations that means take Krupp".
If anybody is interested this year the Nashville predators' website will release a three part video about the draft for our 15th anniversary. Should be very interesting for those of us who haven't found a lot of info about the '98 expansion draft.
Seeing Esa Keskinens name on these puzzles me. He was also 99 and 00 lists. He was drafted by Flames in 85 and never played a single game in there. In late 90īs his career was winding down and actually retired after 99-00 season. I donīt see any logical reason why Flames still had his rights. I know that there was inside joke considering Reijo Ruotsalainens rights. Was this similar kind or is there something that I donīt understand.
Edit. Lot of other weird names like Mika Välilä who had been played for years in lower divisions so basically there is something that i donīt understand about the rules of that time.
more editing. edit. Okay I checked myself and I didnīt know that the teams owned drafted european players rights until they were as old as 31. That explained few odd names. Still does not explain Keskinen.
In the Predators 15 year anniversary video, Poile says Bordeleau was actually traded to the Preds so Nashville would take one of their other goalies. They got lucky with Vokoun .
Is there a link you could provide for this video? Would love to watch it, especially if he discusses the process of trading for Timonen. Seemed like a case where the team trading for him knew more about the player than the team who held his rights.