Originally published on August 8th. The unsigned players are now unrestricted free agents and can sign with any team they choose.
In one week, 23 college players drafted by NHL teams are set to become unrestricted free agents if they fail to sign an entry-level contract. After August 15th, these players are eligible to sign with any team in the league. Several have already signed minor league deals but that does not technically retain their draft rights for the original club. None of the teams that drafted these players will receive any compensation for the expiring rights.
The full list:
F Christopher Brown, Boston University (151st overall, 2014) – signed to AHL deal
F Max Willman, Boston University (121st overall, 2014)
D Ivan Chukarov, University of Massachusetts (182nd overall, 2015) – signed to ECHL deal
F Beau Starrett, Cornell University (88th overall, 2014)
F Fredrik Olofsson, University of Nebraska-Omaha (98th overall, 2014) – signed in Sweden
F Liam Coughlin, University of Vermont (130th overall, 2014) – signed to AHL deal
F Jack Ramsey, University of Minnesota (208th overall, 2014) – signed to AHL deal
Detroit Red Wings:
G Chase Perry, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (136th overall, 2014)
F Joe Wegwerth, University of Notre Dame (92nd overall, 2014)
D Nikolas Koberstein, University of Alaska-Fairbanks (125th overall, 2014)
D Miles Gendron, University of Connecticut (70th overall, 2014) – signed to AHL deal
F Brendan Warren, University of Michigan (81st overall, 2015) – signed to ECHL deal
San Jose Sharks:
The belle of the ball here is likely Priskie, who captained the Quinnipiac squad the last two seasons and was a Hobey Baker finalist in 2018-19. The right-handed defenseman scored 39 points in 36 games and was one of the most dynamic offensive defensemen in the country. Priskie is not expected to sign with the Capitals for a variety of reasons, but will be “highly sought after” according to Bob McKenzie of TSN earlier this year.
Other teams will be able to sign these players starting on August 16th, though it often takes a few days to become official.