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Forum: Armchair-GMApr 25 at 4:20
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>bunnymcfoo</b></div><div>While I realize that people keep saying that the rules are the same for the 2021 expansion draft as they were for the 2017 expansion draft, they do differ in some key ways and eligibility seems to be one of them. <a href="https://www.nhl.com/news/seattle-kraken-2021-nhl-expansion-draft-rules-same-as-vegas-golden-knights-followed/c-302586918" rel="nofollow noreferrer noopener" target="_blank">According to the NHL website</a>, this time around players have to meet a minimum number of games played <em>at the NHL level</em>. Jake Middleton simply has not played enough games with the Sharks to be exposed to the Kraken, which is confirmed by that link you so helpfully provided - it says that he needs another 26 games to be eligible.</div></div>

I'm not looking to get into a long argument here so i'll just say, your not reading that article correctly.

The "Games played" requirement you're referring to has <strong>no impact on an individual player's eligibility</strong>
It is a requirement of each <strong>TEAM</strong>, to expose at least 2 forwards and 1 defenseman that are <em>under contract</em> and have played at least <em>40 games</em>

What this means is: Just because a player has not played 40 games does not make them exempt,

Only 1st and 2nd year pros and unsigned draft picks are exempt

this article below may help to make it more clear:
Forum: NHL SigningsApr 17 at 11:52