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How to watch the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft on TV and via live online stream

The Seattle Kraken will add 30 players to their roster on Wednesday, July 21. We break down how to watch the event.

A general view of the Space Needle as the Seattle Kraken team flag is hung from above on July 23, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images

The 2021 NHL Expansion Draft is set to air Wednesday evening at 8 p.m. ET. The Seattle Kraken will be selecting one player from each of 30 of the 31 NHL rosters to fill out much of their roster in advance of Friday’s league-wide rookie draft. The Expansion Draft will air on ESPN2.

If you aren’t around a TV to check out the draft, you can stream it via WatchESPN or the ESPN app if you have cable log-in. If you don’t have a cable log-in, you can get a free trial from YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, AT&T TV Now, FuboTV, or Sling TV to stream the draft.

The Kraken must select a minimum of 14 forwards, 9 defensemen, and 3 goalies from the 30 teams. The Vegas Golden Knights are exempt from this year’s expansion draft due to a deal they cut as part of their entry into the league in 2017. Each team submitted a protected list over the weekend that included either 7 forwards, 3 defensemen and 1 goalie, or 8 skaters (forwards/defensemen) and 1 goalie.